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Permaculture and Organic Farming Courses in Ecuador
Who is the course for?
The course is geared toward people who have no experience in agriculture, but is also challenging for those who have some prior experience. By the end of the course, students should be confident to start their own gardens. It is an opportunity to learn and practice new skills, experience a new culture and learn some Spanish! Scroll to the end for course content.
Nicola Mears, New Zealander - Graduated in Horticulture, Non Polluting Agriculture and National Parks and Recreation Management. Twenty years of experience in Ecuador, has worked as Inspector of Organic Farms on a National and International Basis.
Miguel Ayala, Ecuadorian - Expert in sustainable farming, trained in Ecuador, USA & Europe. Teacher of ecological plant protection.
Javier Carreras, Ecuadorian - Expert in Permaculture and seed saving (Coordinator of Seed Savers Network).
Where is the course held?
The courses are held at Rio Muchacho Organic Farm on the coast of Ecuador near Bahía de Caráquez Ecocity. Lodging is in rustic but comfortable bamboo and thatch cabins, and all meals are family-style with the participants and people who live on the farm. The food is mainly vegetarian, sometimes with fish or white meat, and special dietary restrictions can normally be catered to, please consult us!
Monday to Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. with lunch break from 12 pm to 1:30 pm
Participating in morning routines before breakfast from 6:15 to 7:30 is recommended. Saturday and Sundays are free days for spending at the farm or at the beach town of Canoa where you can use the internet, have surf classes, go horse riding on the beach, or just enjoy cocktails from a hammock beneath the coconut palms!
Can I get University Credit for the Program?
The course is accepted in most universities as credit for your studies. We are happy to fill out any evaluation forms that you might need, just let us know!
Do you need to know Spanish?
The course will be in English, however some of the practical work may be done with Spanish speakers. Some Spanish is useful but not a requirement. There will be a basic Spanish class in the first few days so that participants feel more comfortable communicating with the locals.
: Spanish class, accommodation, bedding, all meals while at Rio Muchacho or on
organized day trips, written information, rubber boots, reading material
re. organic & biodynamic farming and permaculture.
Not included : Extra meals and drinks
Transportation: Optional with extra fee
After the course
Some participants might like to stay on at the farm for more practical experience and others might like to travel before returning home. We can help with travel information and reservations for the Galápagos, the Amazon, mountain climbing etc.
History of conventional farming
Principles of organic farming:
soil / plant relationship, law of return, diversity, rotation, soil building and preservation
"Double dig" gardening - French intensive method
"No dig" gardening
Organic fertilizers: liquid fertilizers, green manures, using legumes, composting, vinegars, bocashi
Plant associations and rotations (companion plants)
Pest and disease management: identification, traps and repellents, natural insecticides
Organic standards and certification
Conversion to Organic Agriculture from a conventional system
Permaculture: principles, designethics, multiple use, integration of resources, alternative energy- solar, biogas, pumps, gray water systems
Biodynamic farming: history, principles, preparations
Other non-polluting farming methods
Plant propagation: grafting, seeds
Traditional use of the moon calendar in agriculture
Training course in organic agriculture for volunteers
Available all time
This course enables volunteers to gain a greater understanding of organic farming and other methods of non-contaminating sustainable agriculture.
The problems of Conventional farming
Principles of organic farming
Value of organic material, what it does in the soil
Composting hot & cold composts, urban composting
Other kinds of fertilizers, liquid fertilizers, compost tea, vinegars, EM
Worm farming, moon influences
Principles of permaculture & design
Double dig gardening
Plant protection-pests and diseases (imbalances)
Costs : month volunteer fee is $365. The course fee is an additional $175