Project Bona Fide is a 43-acre educational farm on Isla de Ometepe in the southwest of Nicaragua. Project Bona Fide’s goal is to promote food sovereignty* locally and regionally. Not just through feeding one’s self and family but nourishing the community and contributing to its local economy. Our approach has three elements:
- Demonstrate the possible.
- Learn from and educate the interested
- Collaborate with the community.
We believe that learning is grasped in great part by doing and we hope to inspire local partners and peoples from all over the world to undertake part of their education in this manner.
Our aim is to educate and expose people to the possibilities of multi strata food production through demonstration agriculture on our model farm, Finca Bona Fide. We serve community through our educational training opportunities, on farm research and demonstration systems, seed banks/exchanges, living genetic tree ‘banks’ and pilot regenerative agriculture systems that are trialed on the properties of local partners. We strive to provide educational opportunities to national, regional and international parties, be they groups, individuals or educational institutions.
* “Food sovereignty” is a term coined by members of Via Campesina in 1996 to refer to a policy framework advocated by a number of farmers, peasants, pastoralists, fisherfolk, indigenous peoples, women, rural youth and environmental organizations, namely the claimed “right” of peoples to define their own food, agriculture, livestock and fisheries systems, in contrast to having food largely subject to international market forces.