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3-Day Workshop Nov. 2-4, 2012

Want to see where work?
Take a tour of Ecology Action's world-class mini-farm research site:

— 2-Hour Introductory Tours —
Saturdays, 10:00 a.m.–12:00 p.m.
July 19, August 16 and September 20
— Full-Day Tours —
Sunday, June 22, 10:00 a.m.– 4:00 p.m.
Saturday, August 2, 9 a.m.– 3:00 p.m.

Click here to register for a tour.


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.



Currently Certified

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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

: Karen Gridley and Mary Zellachild
Graphic Design, Online Version: Shannon Joyner
Editorial Assistance: Carol Cox
Graphic Design
, Print Version: Sue Ellen Parkinson
Contributors:Patricia Becker, John Beeby, Jake Blehm, Betsy Bruneau, Eric Buteyn, Vincent Fedeli, Cynthia Jeavons, John Jeavons, and GROW BIOINTENSIVE friends from around the world.

The print version of this Newsletter is published 3 times per year. The eNewsletter follows soon after.


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!

Common Ground Organic Garden Center

Common Ground in Palo Alto, CA is a project of Ecology action, and provides a wide selection of applied classes and events in sustainable living and organic gardening, seeds and plant starts, tools and garden supplies, a demonstration garden, and a community of fellow farmers and gardeners.

If you are near Palo Alto, and are interested in sustainable living, please stop by and see us!

Click here see a schedule of classes!

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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