Category Archives: Organic Farming

Organic kitchen gardens in Miraflor

One of the projects in El Sontule, Miraflor Reserve focuses on the development of organic kitchen gardening. Many people have a bit of land by their house, perfect for growing veggies to meet many of the families’ needs. A few … Continue reading

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A ‘New Dawn’ in Miraflor, Nicaragua

7th June: The pace of life in the Miraflor Reserve – 20 miles from Esteli, Northern Nicaragua – is a world away from the usual hustle and bustle of 21st Century living. There is no grid electricity (power comes from … Continue reading

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Tierra del Sol, or Pablo’s Permaculture Paradise

Tierra del Sol, 12 miles east of Oaxaca is a permaculture farm, education centre, bed and breakfast and ‘warmshowers’ refuge for cyclists. Ex-pilot and all round awesome guy, Pablo opens the doors to his wonderful straw bale house and enjoys … Continue reading

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Sourcing seeds in Santa Cruz

A few weeks back we visited the University of Santa Cruz. Apart from gaining the somewhat non-academic accolade of being ‘the most stoned campus on earth’ in an article in Rolling Stone magazine back in 2004, UCSC has a rather … Continue reading

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Shopper’s guide to pesticides in produce

I came across this at a farmers’ market and thought it was quite interesting. It is not always possible, or affordable, to buy organic all of the time so resources like this one might help negotiate the minefield.

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A seed worth saving…

Anyone that has seen the movie Food Inc. will be familiar with some of the issues surrounding saving seed on commercial farms. It’s a complex topic that I’m going to delve briefly into, and hope to learn more about as … Continue reading

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Organic and/or beyond…?

Something that I have been thinking about since we left Glen Valley is about the┬áconnotations of the ‘organic’ label. A conversation that we had at Glen Valley touched on the idea of ‘beyond organic’ to represent truly sustainable food production … Continue reading

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Glen Valley Farm

Our first┬ástay of the jouney on a proper commercial farm has been an amazing experience. We came across Glen Valley Organic Farm via the website of a Vancouver-based organisation called Farm Folk City Folk. A phone call later and we … Continue reading

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