Above: Spring at Neo-Terra -- Gene watering burdock in bins, pea trellis up, fava beans growing, rye and vetch ready for first cutting.
Biointensive Mini-Farms Around the World
In preparing our Food-Water-Energy Nexus workshop with Ecology Action, we came across some premier examples of GROW BIOINTENSIVE® in practice around the world. As we come across additional examples, we will post them here. We invite visitors to amplify this page by sending us images of other GROW BIOINTENSIVE® minifarms -- your own or those of others -- together with brief description that we can turn into captions. Send your favorite pics, together with identifying owner and geographic location. The examples below should serve as a stimulus for what we have in mind.
Victory Gardens for Peace Mini-Farm Matt Drewno, one of the FEW Nexus workshop participants, manages Victory Gardens for Peace Mini-Farm, a research, education and demonstration mini-farm in Mendocino, California. One of the projects of the Mini-Farm is Rhythmic Water Seed Bank, advancing the preservation and distribution of heirloom seeds. You can contact him at Rhythmicwater@hotmail.com.
Ecology Action, Willits, CA This is the training and demonstration center for GROW BIOINTENSIVE ®. John Jeavons, Director, is dedicated to encouraging the creation of centers around the globe that implement this climate-resilient, rapid soil-building, resource conserving “local on a global scale” farming.
Steve Moore's Mini-Farm Steve and family have been farming organically for over 30 years, and been a pioneer for solar greenhouses and high tunnel production for over 25 years. He is also Associate Director of Ecology Action, and an advocate for GROW BIOINTENSIVE ®. Steve teaches and directs the AgroEcology and Peace Corps Prep Program at Elon University, Elon, NC.
Steve's BioIntensive Mini farm Spring Grove PA, view 1
Augustin and Marisol's El Mesquite Mini-Farm,
Aquas Calientes, Mexico
Jeavons at workshop in Latin America
Biointensive mini-farm in Mexico
Dacha Biointensive Farm, Russia
Steve's BioIntensive Mini farm Spring Grove PA, view 2
Krakova Gardens, Ljubljana, Slovenia -- circa 1980
Jodi Roebuck, New Zealand
Sri Lanka Ecology Action has a strong presence in Sri Lanka, with interns three years in a row, Hemantha Abeywaradhana in 2012, Manjula Priyankara in 2013 and Sanjana Silva in 2014. The three have been very active since then.
Kenya, Manor House Agricultural Centre
Cindy Conner. Market gardener for 10 years, certified GROW BIOINTENSIVE ® Sustainable MIni-farm teacher, educator, and now author of two books, Grow a Sustainable Diet and Seed Libraries.
Laura Lengnick. Farmer, soil scientist, educator, policy analyst, consultant, has a 2-acre biointensive minifarm near Asheville, NC, where she has also integrated permaculture and animal husbandry. Laura serves on the Ecology Action Board of Directors.