Tag Archive for organic farming

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.

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.

Urban Farming Club Plants Spring Garden

Seniors Andrew Russo and Kutauba AbuMousa planting for the early summer harvest.

On a recent Saturday morning, the Urban Farming Club cleaned, tilled, fertilized, and planted their spring garden. With thanks to Southern Gateway Garden Center, the club looks forward to harvesting a variety of tomatoes, cucumbers, basil, parsley, rosemary, celery, and red, yellow and green peppers. The garden is all organic, using flowers as insecticide. The crops will be donated a local non-profit organization this summer.

2015 Yearbook of the Society of Jesus

2015_jesuit yearbookThe 2015 Yearbook confronts the theme of ecology from a very particular point of view: the Society of Jesus’ growing awareness of this huge problem. The last General Congregation – the highest Jesuit legislative body – said much about it in 2008, affirming among things,“Care of the environment affects the quality of our relationships with God, with other human beings, and with creation itself. It touches the core of our faith in and love for God. . .. The drive to access and exploit sources of energy and other natural resources is very rapidly widening the damage to earth, air, water, and our whole environment, to the point that the future of our planet is threatened.

Sustainable Agriculture and Livelihood

SANYO DIGITAL CAMERARecognizing hunger as major indicator of vulnerability, CCES in partnership with communities implements a program on organic farming that will help secure supply of food for the families. This project aims to equip the farmers in vulnerable areas with appropriate knowledge on sustainable farming techniques that hopes to achieve maximum yield.

Finding alternative sources of income is also a challenge, hence farmers’ groups of women and men are now engaged in handicrafts making using the abundant supply of pandan and other indigenous resources in the communities such as nito, bamboo, abaca and rattan.

Agakura in Burundi

Agakura_Young_PersonSCIAF project Agakura is driving sustainable agriculture forward with young people and small-scale farmers in Burundi The war in Burundi tore people’s lives apart. It created many orphans. Agakura was born out of the desire by Director Fr Deogratias to give these young people and farmers a future, by providing them with agriculture education and vital practical skills. These practical skills help this group to grow their own produce to feed themselves and earn valuable income for their families by selling at local markets.

Agakura provides training in sustainable agriculture, agro-forestry and animal husbandry. Organic approaches to farming are used and the farmers are taught vital skills in how to get the best out of their land in a sustainable way.