Demonstration Center Update - January 2013

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Mano a Mano is currently working on a demonstration and training center in Cochabamba, Bolivia. The project has 2 primary goals: 1) ensure that subsistence farmers attain maximum benefits from water projects that Mano a Mano completes in partnership with them; and 2) increase the organization’s capacity to implement successful agricultural water projects over the long term.

The past month's work has focused on preparing and planting the gardens, which will be used to teach Bolivian farmers best methods to grow, harvest, and process their crops.

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Demonstration Center Update - January 2013

  1. 1. Demonstration Training Center(or CEA by its Spanish acronym - Center of Ecological Farming Training) January 2013 Update
  2. 2. Week 2Preparation and construction of the integrated farming activity in the demonstration center
  3. 3. Preparation of the tools and seed
  4. 4. Marking, leveling and weeding of the land
  5. 5. Spreading seeding and subsequent covering of barley and alfalfa
  6. 6. Planting a large Chilijchi tree
  7. 7. Sowing and planting work completed
  8. 8. Marking and excavating for the main irrigation canal
  9. 9. 2nd Stage: Installation of Partial Shading Measuring and Marking
  10. 10. The excavation of holes
  11. 11. Some curious visitors caused a little damage to the seedbed, but the problem was fixed.
  12. 12. Week 3: Arboles y Futuro• Arboles y Futuro (Trees and the Future) is a local foundation in Cochabamba with the goal of investing in environmental education through school curriculum.• The organization visits educational sites which focus on jobs related to caring for the environment to provide refresher workshops for teachers.
  13. 13. The First Visit to the Ecological Farming Training Center• This opportunity was enabled through the Center of Ecological Farming Training (CEA).• The group, 34 classroom teachers and 25 from the field, listened to a talk on alternative energies and were able to visit the CEA.• At the CEA, participants learned with the help of a model, projections and activities, including practicing composting.
  14. 14. Talk at the Education Facility
  15. 15. Visit to the Ecological Farming Center
  16. 16. Participants practicing composting
  17. 17. Caring for the treesBeginning state Final State
  18. 18. Continuation of the Installation of the Partial Shading Preparing the planting mixture for the posts
  19. 19. Preparing the posts
  20. 20. Standing and leveling the posts
  21. 21. Posts are finished
  22. 22. Planting the FruitPreparing and leveling the terrain and marking the holes
  23. 23. Replanting some of the posts and seedlings for the perimeter fence
  24. 24. Continuing ProjectsDespite some damage caused by pigs in the seedbed, the crops continue to grow.
  25. 25. Visual of the vegetable garden
  26. 26. Garbage is a problem we are working to minimize.
  27. 27. Week 3Partial Shading is ready and the planting can begin
  28. 28. Finishing the Partial Shade Project Finishing the placement of the wire
  29. 29. The structure is now ready for the mesh which will provide the partial shade.
  30. 30. Placing the mesh on the wire
  31. 31. Mesh is completed and secured
  32. 32. The partial shade is completed
  33. 33. Continuing to plant the fruit orchard The ground is marked for the fruit
  34. 34. Holes are dug for the fruit
  35. 35. Preparations are made for planting Manure is distributed throughout the terrain
  36. 36. Preparing for the installation of the perimeter fence
  37. 37. Ground is completely prepared and wire has been stretched on the fence
  38. 38. Seeing how far we’ve come motivates us to continue!
  39. 39. Learn more about thedemonstration center at the Mano a Mano website:http://manoamano.org/blog/demo nstration-and-training-center-in-el- abra/ www.manoamano.org

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