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Program Overview

The School Garden Program is an opportunity to become trained in Bio-Intensive Farming and put that knowledge into practice. Bio-intensive farming is an efficient, low-cost method of farming that promotes space maximization, resource conservation, and the use of minimal external inputs. It is the principle farming technique used on the AASD Demonstration Farm and what we teach people in the communities where we work.

Participants will work with AASD staff to learn the theory and practice of Bio-Intensive Farming and then teach those skills to indigenous communities as part of the AASD School Greenhouse Program. The initial week of training will include morning sessions on theory and afternoon sessions applying that theory at the AASD Demonstration Farm. The 5 key principles of Bio-Intensive Farming that we will learn about are:


In the subsequent weeks, you will continue to put these principles into practice at a school in an indigenous community. This may include:

– Working with a local school to help students maintain their greenhouse and learn about Bio-Intensive Farming methods;

– Helping local schools create their own garden projects;

– Continuing to work at the AASD Demonstration Farm and grow your understanding and comfort of sustainable local agriculture.