Archive for Organic farm and Eco Agri

Magis Jesuit event for young adults

catholics-01-620x330After a great pilgrimage to Poland last summer as part of preparations for World Youth Day, the Irish Jesuits are organising another Magis (more or greater) event this summer for young adults aged 18-35. Taking place in Ireland from 22 – 29 July, 2017, participants can choose between 2 options: a pilgrimage from Dublin to Glendalough or a faith and ecology experience in Wicklow Town. The group will be joined by other young people from Europe.

Students join to cultivate organic rice

Organic-Farm-370x290Patna: Students from the Jesuit run St. Xavier’s College of Management and Technology braved the rain and joined the cultivation of Organic Rice at Tarumitra Bio-reserve this afternoon.

They congregated as a volunteer force to explore the System of Rice Intensification (SRI) method at Tarumitra, a 1000 kilometres away from Delhi.

Br. Paul Desmarais, SJ: Reaping the Benefits of Organic Farming in Zambia

Desmarais-PaulFor 40 years Br. Desmarais has run the Kasisi Agricultural Training Centre (KATC) in Zambia. But over the last 20 years Br. Desmarais has rethought almost every aspect of conventional Western agriculture and how it’s applied in Africa.

Plows, tractors, chemical fertilizers and commercial herbicides were once all part of Br. Desmarais’ gospel of modern agriculture. But no more. The Canadian Jesuit now promotes organic, ecologically sustainable, no-till farming for small-scale farmers.

Our planet is a small village

interns-370x290Patna: Two students from Latin America spent six months with a green group in India.

Andea Ulloa Castrejon: Originally from Mexico and presently a student of Engineering in Development and Environment at the University of Zamorano, Honduras.

Tania Chicaiza Palango: Orginally from Ecuador presently a student of Engineering in Development and Environment at the University of Zamorano, Honduras.

The Pursuit of Purity: Organic Foods and Souls

ibo_et_non_redibo_pursuit_of_purityA somewhat recent phenomenon that has surfaced in the society is the pursuit of purity when it comes to food. It can be seen most clearly in the preference towards organic food and non-genetically modified organisms (GMO), a movement which has been gaining momentum. This is especially apparent when it is viewed within the context of the state of the food industry today: on the whole, more and more chemicals and GMOs are being used in farming to produce the highest yield possible, thus maximizing the profits.

Catholic workers’ co-op installing sustainable mini-farms on Peninsula and beyond

201505125050The grounds of St. Patrick’s Seminary & University boast row upon row of broccoli, Swiss chard, kale and strawberries this spring, products of a new parish Catholic workers cooperative created in a venture among the seminary, Guadalupe Associates and the parish of St. Francis of Assisi, East Palo Alto.

“I was actually surprised we yielded so much the first year,” said Sulpician Father Gladstone Stevens, rector of the seminary who along with San Francisco Archbishop Salvatore J. Cordileone approved the use of seminary grounds to grow the crops as part of NanoFarms USA’s pilot project. The website is