In this regard, over the past two years, CAPAZ has run a training program for young people in rural areas surrounding Santa María Chiquimula. This program, administered by Jesuit priests, has three principal objectives. First, the program adds complementary nutrition for students; second, it teaches students how to efficiently manage farms and animal breeding. Third, the program imparts students with the skills to replicate sustainable farming practices in their local communities.
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The Granja Escuela Popol Ja (or Popol Ja Farm School) is part of the Jesuit parish La Natividad de la Virgen María in Santa Maria Chiquimula, Totonicapán in Guatemala. The farm is located next to a Fe y Alegría school (Centro de Educación Integral Indigena Popol Ja) and is a place of education, training and experimentation designed to generate knowledge that can be replicated in home gardens and communities across the municipality.