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Ecology Action is seeking a full-time Administrative Assistant/Data Manager to support the Director in the day-to-day management of the organization.

Admin./Data Mgr. Duties Include:

  • General office management and secretarial skills (research, filing, correspondence, ordering supplies, etc.).
  • Word processing, data management, email, internet, etc.; must be comfortable using Mac OS. Data collection and compilation (crop yield and treatment data from research farm).
  • Basic statistical analysis of farm data (Microsoft Excel).
  • Interaction with the public on behalf of the Director.

For more information, or to apply for this position, click here.

Ecology Action is seeking 1-3 Full-Time Farmers to participate as staff members at three separate research farms in Mendocino County, CA: 2 near the town of Willits, and 1 near the town of Mendocino.

The GROW BIOINTENSIVE Farmers will work closely with Mini-Farm Managers, apprentices, interns, tour and workshop participants, and Ecology Action staff members. Gardening tasks and responsibilities include garden planning, bed preparation, planting, composting, weeding, watering, harvesting, data collection and record keeping. Additional tasks include teaching and outreach (you will receive training in biologically-intensive farming and teaching to prepare you for these activities).

Biointensive Farmer Duties Include:

  • Research Garden Activities: daily gardening tasks, including seasonal work in the 10,000 sq. ft. raised-bed growing area.
  • Teaching Activities (under the guidance of the Mini-Farm Manager): preparing and teaching GROW BIOINTENSIVE topical and crop classes for students and the general public, and assisting with the training of interns and apprentices at the site.
  • Outreach Activities: Assisting with garden tours (several per year), and workshops (2-3 per year), occasionally teaching a class at our Palo Alto, CA, non-profit Store and Education location.
  • Research Activities: data collection (crop yield and treatment data from research farm) and assistance with data management.

For more information, or to apply for this position, click here.

Ecology Action is seeking a "Wintern"
for the 2015 prep season

We are looking for an individual who is responsible and reliable to help maintain the mini-farm at the Jeavons Center for Biointensive Research and Education in Willits, CA, over the winter. We need someone who is flexible in scheduling, willing to help, in good physical condition, and is happy to work in the rain.

Experience is not a requirement; however, we expect those who apply to be seriously interested in learning more about GROW BIOINTENSIVE® Mini-Farming. There will be lots of opportunity for research and study: we prefer applicants who have already chosen agriculture as their vocation and would love to use the slow winter months to delve deeper into the exciting world of growing food (and fertile soil!). We would also like help inputting and manipulating garden data and researching crops.

The Winternship in a Nutshell:

  • Internship Length – Jan. 15th – April 15th (flexibility is possible)
  • Work Exchange Terms – In exchange for room and board, 30 hours of work per week is required.
  • Garden Responsibilities – Watering when necessary, watering flats, opening and closing greenhouse, drainage ditches, tree pruning, minimal harvest and planting, small repairs/maintenance, weeding and assisting with general tasks as needed.
  • Other Responsibilities – Data input and manipulation, crop research, minimal wood splitting, site maintenance, recycling, other general tasks as needed.

For more info about the Winternship, including accomodations and schedule, and to find out how to apply, click here.





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Pedro Almoguera Sanchez,
Madrid, Spain
Adriana Barriga Valdéz
Mexico City, Mexico
Gustavo Campos
Jocotepec, Jalisco, Mexico
Nikki Duncan Kula,
Hawaii, USA
Felicia Echeverría Hermoso
San José, Costa Rica
Omar García Ramírez
Tepotzotlán, Estado de México, Mexico
Mateo Gonzalez López
Tepotzotlán, Estado de México, Mexico
Alma Isabel Guzmán Molina
Querétaro, Mexico
Valeria Guzmán Robles
Mexico City, Mexico
Gabriela Lucas Decke
Querétaro, Mexico
Agueda Edith Martinez Mateos
Mexico City, Mexico
Laura Patricia Mayagoitia Caraveo
Santa Barbara, Chihuahua, Mexico
Clara Isabel Sabas Soto
& Gerardo Zarate Vargas
Malinaltepec, Guerrero, Mexico
Rosa Elena Velásquez Molina & Francisco Ruiz Orozco Patzcuaro, Michoacan, Mexico





Karla Arroyo Rizo
Vera Cruz, Mexico
Cindy Connor
Ashland, Virginia, USA
Jose Agustín Medina &
Marisol Tenorio Lopez
Aguascalientes, Mexico
Steve Moore
Goldsboro, North Carolina, USA
Margo and Dan Royer-Miller
Trotwood, Ohio, USA

About our The Garden Companion eNewsletter

: Leslie Roberts and Mary Zellachild
Graphic Design, Online Version:
Shannon Joyner
Editorial Assistance:
Carol Cox
Contributors: John Beeby, Justin Cutter, Jason McNabb, Joe Stewart, Zuzanna Drozdz, Eric Buteyn, Hunter Flynn, Cynthia Jeavons, John Jeavons, Hementha Abeywaradhana, Sanjana Silva and GROW BIOINTENSIVE® friends from around the world.
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Sue Ellen Parkinson

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"Earth and sky, woods and fields, lakes and rivers, the mountain and the sea, are excellent schoolmasters, and teach some of us more than we can ever learn from books." ~ John Lubbock


Common Ground Garden

We are deeply saddened by the closure of Common Ground Garden Supply and Education Center in Palo Alto, CA, but we want you all to know that we still have a presence in the community!


Our beautiful Common Ground Garden is located at 687 Arastradero Road in Palo Alto and is alive and well.  The garden, like the Common Ground Store, is a project of the nonprofit Ecology Action, and its focus is teaching people to grow food sustainably. It is a wonderful place for people of all ages to learn about using Biointensive gardening to produce food, build soil and conserve resources - especially water!  The Common Ground Garden Manager, Kathryn Rutti, is graduate of Ecology Action’s Biointensive Educational Program and has a special interest in culinary and medicinal herbs.  Mia Sasaki, our Edible Educator, is the newest member of the team, specializing in garden curriculum development.  Both are eager to meet you!


We will continue to run gardening classes and workshops throughout the year, and will also continue to work with local schools through our youth education program.  We are so grateful for your support, and will be sure to keep in touch with you all about our schedule of events and activities. For a schedule of classes and more information about the garden, please visit our website at:


For more information about the Common Ground Store closure, click here

Bountiful Gardens: A Project of Ecology Action

The Sustainable Vegetable Garden is perfect for beginning biointensive gardeners. Available From Bountiful Gardens.

Your mail order source for Heirloom, Untreated, Open-Pollinated Seeds for Sustainable Food Production

Garden Supplies and Books, GROW BIOINTENSIVE® Publications and research papers

Online catalog & secure shopping cart:
Mail orders or phone:
18001 Shafer Ranch Rd., Willits CA 95490 707-459-6410
Contact us for a free catalog.

Click here to shop Bountiful Gardens!

Memberships Support Our Work!

Ecology Action is a non-profit, environmental, research and education organization, focusing on sustainable ways of living in general and GROW BIOINTENSIVE mini-farming in particular.

Membership Levels:
$40 Supporting
$60 Family
$100 Sustaining
$250 Outreach
$400 Research
$1,000 Program
$4,000 Benefactor
$10,000+ Legacy

— Bequests—
Ecology Action now has Bequest plans, including charitable remainder trusts and annuities, available for those who wish to support our important global self-help food-raising network into the future.
Contact John Jeavons at Ecology Action for more information, (707) 459-0150.

Ecology Action LogoPlease donate $40 to our 40th Anniversary Fundraiser! Click here to donate


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