Designing for Affordable Housing- San Francisco Permaculture Guild – Bay Area Indymedia

Designing for Affordable Housing- San Francisco Permaculture Guild
Bay Area Indymedia
Title: Designing for Affordable Housing- San Francisco Permaculture Guild. START DATE: Wednesday September 02. TIME: 6:30 PM – 9:30 PM. Location Details: Matter of Trust 3338 17th btw Mission and Valencia St San Francisco. Event Type: Panel …

Northwest Permaculture Convergence Focusing On Sustainable Neighborhoods – KLCC FM Public Radio

Northwest Permaculture Convergence Focusing On Sustainable Neighborhoods
KLCC FM Public Radio
Spencer: "This is not just about growing vegetables in your backyard, the ideals of creating systems that fit within the natural world, within our economic and ecological means – these are also characteristics of permaculture." Spencer says in a world

Actionaid International the Gambia and Senegal Agree to Strengthen … – AllAfrica.com

Actionaid International the Gambia and Senegal Agree to Strengthen
AllAfrica.com
Staff from ActionAid International The Gambia and ActionAid Senegal have agreed to strengthen relationships in order to achieve stronger results in the second phase of the Agro Ecology and Resilience Project. The project is being implemented in both …

River Road Resilient Food System: Suburban Permaculture at Work – Mother Earth News


Mother Earth News

River Road Resilient Food System: Suburban Permaculture at Work
Mother Earth News
Spencer (who blogs for MOTHER EARTH NEWS) is a suburban permaculture pioneer who began turning his lawns into a garden 15 years ago by taking a jackhammer to his driveway and replacing concrete with vegetables. At about the same time, his …

Greenbush homestead flourishes with help of permaculture – Bangor Daily News


Bangor Daily News

Greenbush homestead flourishes with help of permaculture
Bangor Daily News
Heather Omand and her husband, Tyler Omand, work with the patterns in the ecosystem around their Omand's Organics farmstead in Greenbush. They shaped their land, grow vegetables and raise ducks, chickens and guinea fowl following permaculture …

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The farmer who’s starting an organic revolution in Cuba – The Guardian


The Guardian

The farmer who's starting an organic revolution in Cuba
The Guardian
“To me, it was a metaphor for agroecology,” said Funes, 44, referring to the environmentally minded farm management techniques he studied here and in the Netherlands. “A lot of hard work by hand, and persistence, but a result that is worth the effort.”.

The buzz around NC State’s Beekeepers Club – N.C. State University Technician Online

The buzz around NC State's Beekeepers Club
N.C. State University Technician Online
In the meantime, the club has teamed up with NC State's Agroecology Education farm and has plans to get involved with the bees there. “A lot of people … they're not really interested in getting technical or having their own bees, but they want to know

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Growing farmers around the globe – Christian Science Monitor


Christian Science Monitor

Growing farmers around the globe
Christian Science Monitor
Apprenticeships in Ecological Horticulture at the University of California Santa Cruz'sCenter for Agroecology and Sustainable Food Systems provide training in organic and small-scale farming. The six-month course, held at the Center's 30-acre farm and …

Auburn is one step closer to transforming local park into food garden – Auburn Citizen


Auburn Citizen

Auburn is one step closer to transforming local park into food garden
Auburn Citizen
Laura Kennedy, permaculture enthusiast and Ithaca resident, discusses the process of building a worm bin for composting. The worm bin composting demonstration was a part of the first permaculture workshop in light of an edible food forest that will be …

Some 6800 agricultural producers involved in apiculture on our registers … – Focus News


Focus News

Some 6800 agricultural producers involved in apiculture on our registers
Focus News
Nesebar. “According to our registers, some 6,800 agricultural producers are involved in apiculture,” said Bulgarian Minister of Agriculture and Food Desislava Taneva, speaking at a national conference themed “The apiculture sector in Bulgaria: its

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Interests of apiculture sector to be better safeguarded through single … – Focus News

Interests of apiculture sector to be better safeguarded through single
Focus News
Nesebar. “Interests of the apiculture sector will be much better safeguarded through a single beekeeper's organisation,” said Bulgarian Minister of Agriculture and Food Desislava Taneva, speaking at a national conference themed “The apiculture sector

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Climate Change May Be Leading to Decline in Humus Stocks of Arable Soils – AZoCleantech

Climate Change May Be Leading to Decline in Humus Stocks of Arable Soils
AZoCleantech
"These include the diversification of crop rotation, the application of green manure and winter greening to reduce soil erosion, optimized soil cultivation, organic farming, agroforestry, and leaving crop residues on fields," explains Hübner. The study

An arugula-growing farmer feeds a culinary revolution in Cuba – messenger-inquirer


messenger-inquirer

An arugula-growing farmer feeds a culinary revolution in Cuba
messenger-inquirer
… a badly eroded, brushy hillside here outside Havana four years ago and began digging a well into the rocky soil. The other farmers nearby thought he was crazy, or worse — a dilettante with a fancy PhD whose talk of "agroecology" would soon crash

What Permaculture Can Teach Us About Living Mindfully to Ensure Abundance for All – One Green Planet


One Green Planet

What Permaculture Can Teach Us About Living Mindfully to Ensure Abundance for All
One Green Planet
For all the mysteries that seem to surround permaculture — Is it a type of organic gardening? Is it green living? Sustainable living? A design system? A way of life? — one thing for sure is that the crux of the practice is simple: ethics. Three, to

Greener Neighborhoods are Focus of NW Permaculture Convergence – Public News Service


Public News Service

Greener Neighborhoods are Focus of NW Permaculture Convergence
Public News Service
Spencer said it's significant that the eighth Convergence event is being held this year in a Eugene neighborhood, since more neighborhoods are adopting permaculture ideas and practices to improve the environment, grow their own food, or save water and …

The Best Coffee—and Wildlife Habitat—Is Made in the Shade – TakePart


TakePart

The Best Coffee—and Wildlife Habitat—Is Made in the Shade
TakePart
… America and East Africa. But this is the first major study on bats and coffee in Asia, and a good example of how principles of agroforestry, or mixing agriculture and natural habitats, can help preserve wildlife and function as a refuge in a

Construction update: Greenhouse renovations

Renovations to the infrastructure of eight of the nine greenhouses located near the Tyson Building on the University Park campus are currently underway. The greenhouses are used for teaching and research by faculty and students in both the College of Agricultural Sciences and the Eberly College of Science.

Public Release: 27-Aug-2015 Humus depletion induced by climate change? – EurekAlert (press release)

Public Release: 27-Aug-2015 Humus depletion induced by climate change?
EurekAlert (press release)
"These include the diversification of crop rotation, the application of green manure and winter greening to reduce soil erosion, optimized soil cultivation, organic farming, agroforestry, and leaving crop residues on fields," explains Hübner. The study

Fight between MU administration, graduate students leads to ‘day of action’ – Columbia Daily Tribune

Fight between MU administration, graduate students leads to 'day of action'
Columbia Daily Tribune
Agroforestry graduate student Badger Johnson presents a graduate student rights petition Wednesday to Molly Rooney, a forestry graduate student, outside MU's Memorial Union. Graduate students' “day of action” called attention to their demands for

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Penn State Hosts 19 National Science Foundation graduate researchers

Penn State is hosting 19 new National Science Foundation (NSF) Graduate Research Fellowship Program (GRFP) recipients for the 2015-16 academic year. The students join 62 prior recipients continuing in the University’s graduate degree programs in the Eberly College of Science and the colleges of Agricultural Sciences, Earth and Mineral Sciences, Engineering, Health and Human Development, Information Sciences and Technology, and the Liberal Arts, as well as the Intercollege Graduate Degree Programs.

Visit a permaculture garden (and home) in Gretton Fields as part of Cheltenham … – Gloucestershire Echo


Gloucestershire Echo

Visit a permaculture garden (and home) in Gretton Fields as part of Cheltenham
Gloucestershire Echo
Gardeners who'd like to work more in harmony with nature, as well as those who want to find out about more sustainable houses will literally have a field day at Alison Ensor's House in Gretton Fields. Alison and her husband Chris will be opening their

Plants, bats and permaculture: Six nature-friendly Saturday alternatives to … – Auburn Citizen


Auburn Citizen

Plants, bats and permaculture: Six nature-friendly Saturday alternatives to
Auburn Citizen
"What is Permaculture? A Community Discussion" will be held from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Lepak Park, 53 Garrow St., Auburn. Designers and educators Peter Cramer and Erin Humphrey will explore the practices and principles of permaculture, a design system …

How Growing Trees On the Farm Leads to Food Security – AllAfrica.com

How Growing Trees On the Farm Leads to Food Security
AllAfrica.com
In providing an overview of the link between trees and food security for smallholder farmers, Dr Catherine Muthuri from World Agroforestry Centre (ICRAF), explains that in a similar project conducted in Burundi, Rwanda and Ethiopia, sensitising the

Vietnam’s education minister takes responsibility for problematic college … – Tuoitrenews


Tuoitrenews

Vietnam's education minister takes responsibility for problematic college
Tuoitrenews
Dr. Tran Dinh Ly, head of the training department of the Ho Chi Minh City Nong Lam (Agroforestry) University, also agreed that this year's admission process could prevent students from reaching their schools of interest. “Students run around to apply

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Global Food Initiative fellowships available – applications due September 8 – UC Santa Cruz


UC Santa Cruz

Global Food Initiative fellowships available – applications due September 8
UC Santa Cruz
UC Santa Cruz undergraduate and graduate students interested in agroecology, student food access and security, experiential learning, and other topics related to UC Santa Cruz's Global Food Initiative (GFI) work are invited to apply to become part of

Quick Bites: Aug. 26, 2015: Time is now to register for apple-pie contest – Santa Cruz Sentinel

Quick Bites: Aug. 26, 2015: Time is now to register for apple-pie contest
Santa Cruz Sentinel
… and appetizer reception at the on-campus organic farm and garden. The sit-down dinner is the inaugural public event inside the newly completed barn that will become the headquarters of the UCSC Center for Agroecology and Sustainable Food Systems.

Good Reads | Can We Level the Playing Field for Coffee Growers?

Check out Lucas Oliver Oswald’s article (August 12, 2015) in Grist: “Can we level the playing field for coffee growers?”  Oswald does an analysis about the changing coffee industry and the rise of direct trade. CAN affiliated researcher Dr. Christopher Bacon (Santa Clara University) was interviewed for the article and raised caution about direct trade. Read the article here.

Read about CAN’s alternative trade model — AgroEco® Coffee — operating under principles of participation and transparency. We build relationships to ensure that what’s behind the cup of coffee is quality of life and quality of bean.

Food Forests Could Help End Hunger for Nomads in Arid East Africa – TakePart


TakePart

Food Forests Could Help End Hunger for Nomads in Arid East Africa
TakePart
Initially a community-led effort to reforest a severely eroded parcel of land, their second project, begun in Haiti in 2010, focused on teaching agroforestry methods and reintroducing the Maya Nut tree. The superfood is a complete protein and has

Using Swales to Your Advantage: How to Water Your Garden With the Power of Nature – One Green Planet


One Green Planet

Using Swales to Your Advantage: How to Water Your Garden With the Power of Nature
One Green Planet
Swales are not exclusive to permaculture, but they are widely used in the practice. They are a popular component for many garden designs, especially food forests. They are simple to make, requiring only rudimentary tools and a basic knowledge of what …

Permaculture Magic: Why Swales Are Swell for the Garden – One Green Planet


One Green Planet

Permaculture Magic: Why Swales Are Swell for the Garden
One Green Planet
Swales are not exclusive to permaculture, but they are widely used in the practice. They are a popular component for many garden designs, especially food forests. They are simple to make, requiring only rudimentary tools and a basic knowledge of what …

Harvesting Profits: The Roots of Our Food Crisis – Progressive.org

Harvesting Profits: The Roots of Our Food Crisis
Progressive.org
A growing worldwide agroecology movement is producing signifcant gains by showing, scientifcally, that diversifed organic farming can in fact “feed the world.” Throughout Latin America, Africa, and South Asia, mass peasant-based movements such as La

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Farmers Can Achieve High Yields While Lowering Environmental Footprint – Food Tank (blog)

Farmers Can Achieve High Yields While Lowering Environmental Footprint
Food Tank (blog)
The World Agroforestry Centre (ICRAF), funded by CGIAR, is headquartered in Nairobi, Kenya. By generating scientific research on the diverse functions of trees in agriculture, ICRAF intends to improve food security, farmer incomes, and social cohesion …

Santa Barbara Premiere of INHABIT, a feature length documentary introducing … – Lompoc Record

Santa Barbara Premiere of INHABIT, a feature length documentary introducing
Lompoc Record
Permaculture is a design science based on the observation and replication of patterns and relationships found in nature; it is an approach to designing sustainable systems of agriculture, community, economics, politics, and more. INHABIT looks at

How researcher helped bring organic labeling policy to the nation – Phys.Org


Phys.Org

How researcher helped bring organic labeling policy to the nation
Phys.Org
… Cruz to Washington D.C. and back again. He has returned to his UC Santa Cruz roots as a research associate with UCSC's Center for Agroecology and Sustainable Food Systems, the first university program dedicated to teaching organic farming practices.

Happy trails: Broncs celebrate last graduation – Valley morning Star


Valley morning Star

Happy trails: Broncs celebrate last graduation
Valley morning Star
“I love the faculty here, they were always willing to help me,” said Cantu who, with an undergraduate minor in horticulture, became heavily involved in UTPA's agroecology lab, which provided him opportunities for conducting research and community …

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Multiple ways for Congo Basin forests to flourish and deliver: study – Forests News, Center for International Forestry Research (blog)


Forests News, Center for International Forestry Research (blog)

Multiple ways for Congo Basin forests to flourish and deliver: study
Forests News, Center for International Forestry Research (blog)
Logging companies would finance local development in activities like agroforestry or breeding. This would cost the companies money, Lescuyer says, but the tradeoff would be a tax reduction as a means of compensation. And because local people would …

Ecuadorians struggle for land reform and food sovereignty – Green Left Weekly


Green Left Weekly

Ecuadorians struggle for land reform and food sovereignty
Green Left Weekly
The new law is rooted in food sovereignty, a concept based on small-scale farming and agroecology with the aim of producing all of Ecuador's food inside the country, national land reform policies and a new international trade regime. It is framed by an …

Jonglei state launches sale of over 25000 tree seedlings – Sudan Tribune


Sudan Tribune

Jonglei state launches sale of over 25000 tree seedlings
Sudan Tribune
“The community of Jonglei state and its neighbors need agroforestry extension service, and that is why Jonglei state came up with this nursery. That is why we went in to plant these trees, ranging from fruits, shelterbelt and shade trees and all the

Jonglei state launches sale of over 25000 trees seedlings – Sudan Tribune


Sudan Tribune

Jonglei state launches sale of over 25000 trees seedlings
Sudan Tribune
“The community of Jonglei state and its neighbors need agroforestry extension service, and that is why Jonglei state came up with this nursery. That is why we went in to plant these trees, ranging from fruits, shelterbelt and shade trees and all the

New generation of young farmers increasingly college educated, but indebted – Sacramento Bee


Sacramento Bee

New generation of young farmers increasingly college educated, but indebted
Sacramento Bee
Since graduating from North Carolina State University two years ago with a double major in psychology and agroecology, the 25-year-old has worked as a cattle herder for a small startup company called Holistic Ag. She grazes holistically managed, grass

An arugula-growing farmer feeds a culinary revolution in Cuba – The Tico Times


The Tico Times

An arugula-growing farmer feeds a culinary revolution in Cuba
The Tico Times
The other farmers nearby thought he was crazy, or worse — a dilettante with a fancy Ph.D. whose talk of “agroecology” would soon crash into the realities of Cuban farming. Funes had no drill, so he and a helper had to break through layers of rock with

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Permaculture Day celebrates sustainability, self-sufficiency – Washington Times

Permaculture Day celebrates sustainability, self-sufficiency
Washington Times
CHICHESTER, N.H. (AP) – Nature walks and workshops are on the agenda for the third animal New Hampshire Permaculture Day. Presented by the New Hampshire Permaculture Guild and UNH Cooperative Extension, Saturday's event in Chichester is …

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An arugula-growing farmer feeds a culinary revolution in Cuba – Washington Post

An arugula-growing farmer feeds a culinary revolution in Cuba
Washington Post
The other farmers nearby thought he was crazy, or worse — a dilettante with a fancy PhD whose talk of “agroecology” would soon crash into the realities of Cuban farming. Funes had no drill, so he and a helper had to break through layers of rock with

Farm to label: How alumnus helped bring organic labeling policy to the nation – UC Santa Cruz


UC Santa Cruz

Farm to label: How alumnus helped bring organic labeling policy to the nation
UC Santa Cruz
… Cruz to Washington D.C. and back again. He has returned to his UC Santa Cruz roots as a research associate with UCSC's Center for Agroecology and Sustainable Food Systems, the first university program dedicated to teaching organic farming practices.

The Struggle for Land Reforms and Food Sovereignty in Ecuador – teleSUR English


teleSUR English

The Struggle for Land Reforms and Food Sovereignty in Ecuador
teleSUR English
Surely, the government has implemented programs and projects that redistribute land (Plan Tierras) or aid in the transition to agroecology (Hombro a Hombro) — but not to the extent thatmovements believe would bring about a radical change in land

For trout fishermen, climate change will mean more driving time, less angling

When trying to explain the potential effects of climate change on plants, fish and wildlife, scientists usually resort to language that fails to convey the impact of warming. Now, a study by Penn State’s College of Agricultural Sciences fisheries researchers clearly explains the impact of projected warming waters on wild brook trout in the eastern U.S. for fishermen.

Probable carcinogen? We need to act!

The news that a prestigious panel of 17 independent experts has deemed glyphosate — the world's most popular herbicide — to be "a probable human carcinogen" prompted the usual scoffing and stalling from Monsanto and others invested in agribusiness.

But this time, there might just be enough concern and momentum to stop inundating our fields and rural communities with this problematic chemical.

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Young Kenyan Sees Permaculture Seeding Peace – Huffington Post


Huffington Post

Young Kenyan Sees Permaculture Seeding Peace
Huffington Post
The beginning: a small plot of land sprouting from the basics of permaculture. An organic community garden that feeds the bellies and minds of some 200 locals, giving them sustenance, skills and purpose so they won't turn to gangs, drugs and prostitution.

West Virginia falls on Princeton Review’s ‘Top 10 Party Schools’ list – The Daily Athenaeum

West Virginia falls on Princeton Review's 'Top 10 Party Schools' list
The Daily Athenaeum
Yes, we have fun, but WVU has a lot of great academic programs that are nationally ranked that not many people know about,” said Morgan Nebel, a sophomore agroecology student. “I'm hoping in the next few years, WVU becomes more well-known for other …

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West Virginia falls on Princeton Review’s ‘Top 10 Party Schools’ list – Daily Athenaeum

West Virginia falls on Princeton Review's 'Top 10 Party Schools' list
Daily Athenaeum
Yes, we have fun, but WVU has a lot of great academic programs that are nationally ranked that not many people know about,” said Morgan Nebel, a sophomore agroecology student. “I'm hoping in the next few years, WVU becomes more well-known for other …

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Agroecology as a Tool for Liberation: Transforming Industrial Agribusiness in … – Upside Down World


Upside Down World

Agroecology as a Tool for Liberation: Transforming Industrial Agribusiness in
Upside Down World
"We say that every square meter of land that is worked with agro-ecology is a liberated square meter. We see it as a tool to transform farmers' social and economic conditions. We see it as a tool of liberation from the unsustainable capitalist

The Future of Food Looks Bad for East Africa—But These Farmers Aren’t Giving Up – TakePart


TakePart

The Future of Food Looks Bad for East Africa—But These Farmers Aren't Giving Up
TakePart
The other farmers in the group now also practice the same agroforestry practices as Mayende, including planting nitrogen-fixing trees and legumes between rows of crops, called intercropping. Her maize production has gone up, and she purchased a cow …

Fields of dreams grow blue and white

If you get a chance to watch a game of the Little League World Series Aug. 20-30 — on TV or in person — you’ll quickly notice the high-quality of the fields at both Howard J. Lamade Stadium and Little League Volunteer Stadium, in South Williamsport, Pa.

To save forests, a tea factory brews up a new way to dry tea – Christian Science Monitor


Christian Science Monitor

To save forests, a tea factory brews up a new way to dry tea
Christian Science Monitor
Mary Njenga, a post-doctoral fellow of bio-energy at the World Agroforestry Center, hails the use of sawdust in the making of fuel briquettes. As long as the sawdust is a byproduct of a sustainable timber system – in which new trees are planted to

London neighbors create ‘instant’ permaculture gardens for each other – Treehugger


Treehugger

London neighbors create 'instant' permaculture gardens for each other
Treehugger
That's the idea behind Permablitz—a concept that started out in Australia before catching on in London—and which involves neighbors getting together to carry out one-day garden makeovers using permaculture design as the guiding vision. From beautiful …

Tour of Waseca area farm introduces attendees to high-value berry – Southernminn.com

Tour of Waseca area farm introduces attendees to high-value berry
Southernminn.com
Christian says that the berry is great for this use. "It has a lot of potency, so it takes on the flavor of whatever it's paired with when used in drinks," Christian said. Gary Wyatt, extension educator in agroforestry with the University of Minnesota

Tue 8 AM | Lessons In Permaculture, Emphasis On “Culture” – Jefferson Public Radio


Jefferson Public Radio

Tue 8 AM | Lessons In Permaculture, Emphasis On "Culture"
Jefferson Public Radio
Narrowly defined, it's about agriculture that can be sustained indefinitely, because it is agriculture that acknowledges the needs and rhythms of the ecosystem being farmed. And it's not just for the country. The Northwest Permaculture Convergence is

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Four Ways Mexico’s Indigenous Farmers Are Practicing the Agriculture of the Future – AlterNet


AlterNet

Four Ways Mexico's Indigenous Farmers Are Practicing the Agriculture of the Future
AlterNet
Oswaldo Flores, a Zapotec indigenous man from the village of Yaviche, explained how his community uses intercropping and agroforestry to grow more food without expanding into new lands. “The forest pulls clouds from the sky so that they drop rain on

Tree Planting Initiative Looks To Reverse Haiti’s Deforestation – Haitian Times


Haitian Times

Tree Planting Initiative Looks To Reverse Haiti's Deforestation
Haitian Times
In the effort to change Haiti's landscape since the 2010 earthquake, one agroforestry program is reversing one of the world's largest ecological disasters. In planting the two-millionth tree this season, Haiti Friends' Haiti Timber Re-Introduction

Lessons In Permaculture, Emphasis On “Culture” – Jefferson Public Radio


Jefferson Public Radio

Lessons In Permaculture, Emphasis On "Culture"
Jefferson Public Radio
Narrowly defined, it's about agriculture that can be sustained indefinitely, because it is agriculture that acknowledges the needs and rhythms of the ecosystem being farmed. And it's not just for the country. The Northwest Permaculture Convergence is

Meet Alan Chadwick, The High Priest of Hippie Horticulture – Modern Farmer


Modern Farmer

Meet Alan Chadwick, The High Priest of Hippie Horticulture
Modern Farmer
His garden at UCSC has evolved into the Center for Agroecology & Sustainable Food Systems, a nucleus for research and education in the field. His acolytes have fanned out across the country, applying his methods and philosophy to a network of organic …

Agroecology as a Tool for Liberation: Transforming Industrial Agriculture in … – Truth-Out

Agroecology as a Tool for Liberation: Transforming Industrial Agriculture in
Truth-Out
Miguel Ramirez training family farmers on seed bank management. (Photo courtesy of MAOES)Beverly Bell interviewed Miguel Ramirez, National Coordinator of the Organic Agriculture Movement of El Salvador, about agroecology as a tool for liberation.