Updates from the Field: August 2017

By: Farah Motani, Education and Volunteer Coordinator

FB_IMG_1488506734463The past year has been a whirlwind of activity at Finca Bona Fide, with up to twenty volunteers on site as well as multiple student groups, interns, research students and new coordinators. Visitors assisted with daily farm work as well larger projects such as building a new shower, re-roofing a compost toilet and constructing two new cob structures. We also had student groups, Carpe Diem, Carpe Mundi, Green Pathways, Where There Be Dragons, Communidad Connect and Evolve visit us for an enriching educational experience. Students participated in farm work, and attended workshops on topics including fermentation, natural medicine, permaculture, yoga, and chocolate and basket making.

IMG-20170526-WA0000Since January, ten interns joined our team to work on various projects including the development of our garden and greens business, renovations to our compost and animal systems, updates to our nursery catalogue and harvest calendars, and research on our alley cropping systems. In February we also hosted our annual two week Permaculture Design Certificate course. This season we recently welcomed one of two new interns as well as students from the Arizona State University chapter of GlobeMed who conducted research on organic farming on the island. It has been a great year so far and we look forward to the next few months of planting and continued learning.

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