Self sustainability, togetherness, healthy living and global warming are causes and main reasons to practice garden farming in our school. This is a new concept for many; at Richmond Vale Academy, a daily action.
In RVA (Richmond Vale Academy) we, teachers and students, search for friendly environmental alternatives on which we base our learning process and our fight against poverty and global warming. We stand for development and responsibility and we have decided to implement the organic farming education understanding that if we want to build sense of community connected to health and sustainability, garden farming is the center piece of the puzzle.
With an exponential growth of population taking place in our World and lack of resources in poor communities, food production skills are required. Hunger and dependency incubate inequality and create strong and deep poverty traps. Our climate activists, humanitarians and volunteers at RVA understand the need of being able to implement changes, teach, and seed and grow organic food, vegetables and fruits, during the service period in Ecuador, Belize and at the school in Saint Vincent.
We understand that traditional monoculture, agribusiness politics and modern agriculture techniques are damaging and leading the Earth´s fertile soil to desertification, because of the huge and uncontrolled amount of chemical fertilizers used during the process, on the way to control plagues and to guarantee high percentage of food at harvesting. It is required to change our vision and ways of producing food and link it with environmentally friendly techniques and systems. We start this process in our organic farm at our school.
It’s clear for us that garden farming must be the one of the main aspects in our programs. That´s why we have placed and organized schedules, students and teachers, tools and consciousness around our vegetable beds and fruit trees, and we come together, cultivate, seed, water, take care and harvest much more than food, but knowledge and togetherness.
This is not only a way to understand food production, but more – it is a holistic understanding of our impact in the world and the role of our society. We have to feed ourselves and we see hungry people, and then we learn and teach about farming; but we go further: we want to feed ourselves with healthy food and let the next generation feed themselves too, and that is when we learn about organic farming.
We need to take a stand on sustainability. Every day it becomes more clear that we have been wrong, that we have damaged our Earth, and that we have to stop and change, to do better. Next generations will be influenced by the impact of our actions. We have the responsibility to improve and find alternatives to keep Fighting with the Poor and stop Global Warming.
Miguel Angel Rosado
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