Ecology Action has been developing, researching and refining the GROW BIOINTENSIVE® Sustainable Mini-Farming Method for over 40 years. It’s a unique food-raising system that empowers people worldwide to be self-sustaining and food independent. This method also champions local food production, food sovereignty, soil health and long-term sustainability. This simple, small-scale farming system nurtures healthy soil fertility, produces high yields, conserves natural resources and can be used successfully by almost anyone.
GROW BIOINTENSIVE techniques have the potential to:
Ecology Action is one of the oldest, continuously running sustainable agriculture demonstration, teaching and research sites in the world. Through its research, Ecology Action has discovered the scientific basis of traditional farming methods that successfully fed the world’s people for millennia.
One of the key characteristics of the GROW BIOINTENSIVE system is our emphasis on growing compost crop (fava beans, corn, wheat, amaranth, quinoa) along with traditional vegetable crops. By including 60% of your growing space with compost crops, you can grow enough mature compost materials to rebuild and sustain your soil year after year.
While there are are many excellent youth garden education classes and curriculums out there, we have found few that emphasize the importance of true soil sustainability. To us, this means improving the soil year after year and building long-term soil fertility within a closed system. We are excited to bring over four decades of farming research to garden education!
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