My Nonprofit Reviews
Review for Centro de Capacitacion, Investigacion y Demostracion del Metodo Biointensivo de Cultivo en Nicaragua, Inc., Chatham, NY, USA
I found out about CCID, through a family friend, and after looking at their website, decided that I should definitely take the time to visit. During my visit, I helped Fatima, local architect and bio-intensive farmer, plant trees in her edible forest, and learned about the process of planning an edible forest. Although the trees are small now, I can only imagine how incredible the edible forest will be in 20 years or so when the trees are mature. I also helped Michael, President of CCID, build tables for their green house (designed by Fatima) and learned about the principles of bio-intensive farming in a tropical climate. For someone interested in sustainable farming systems and food security, CCID is seriously the place to be. Given his extensive experience, Michael in particular is a wealth of knowledge. I learned so much in just my three days there. My time at CCID really changed the way that I think about sustainable farming, especially in the tropics, where farmers face challenges that are often unaddressed by farming systems designed in northern countries. If you are looking for an immersive volunteer experience at an awesome bio-intensive organization, I highly recommend getting involved with BioNICA. But if getting to Nicaragua is not in the cards, I hope you consider supporting their work, which I have seen has lasting positive impacts for the soil, the environment, and the people practicing their knowledgeable bio-intensive methods.