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WEEK ONE: FARMER FIELD SCHOOL UNDERWAY

February 15, 2020

Before Hope Sakuma's farmer field school starts a proper the Makelekos All-Stars prepare four precision vegetable beds in one quarter of a rice paddy - our IVS is seasonal, so over the coming year we want to show farmers how they can boost yield and nutirition from just an acre with two growing seasons of nerica rice and two of vegetables, learning how to incorporate azolla, ducks and fish to create a unique biosystem that cuts subsistence farmers input costs, boosts yield while storing vast amounts of planet-warming CO2 and nitrogen. Farmers will also learn how to save and dry seed so the first harvest of each crop provides seed for the next.

 

Measured and marked out by themselves, under the expert supervision of esteemed engineer and project coordinator Amabest, the Makelekos boys beds are all ready to demonstrate to farmers their first learning objective and show how their neatly squared vegetable beds should look! The exercise also gives Amabest a base-line to measure productivity of farmer field school trainees and what our farmers can aim for in a day, once trained.