The idea underlying sustainable agriculture is that farmers should co-operate with nature and not fight it. To be sustainable, agriculture must be environmentally friendly, economically viable, and socially just. This 5-day course covers the importance of soil organic matter, compost, green manures, agroforestry, conservation tillage, natural pest management, and rotation, diversification, and interplanting of crops. In part of one session we discuss sustainable agriculture’s ability to mitigate the impact of HIV/AIDS on the farming family.
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Our onsite facility annually turns 178,000 pounds of food waste into compost. The compost is spread in planting beds toimprove soil quality. The facility has won several awards for being located in a large city, adjacent to an apartment building and restaurants, and operating without odor issues.