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BioIntensive for Russia

Common Ground


ECOPOLIS – Uzbekistan

G-BIACK (GROW BIOINTENSIVE Agriculture Center of Kenya)

Kilili Self Help Project

MESA (Multinational Exchange for Sustainable Agriculture )

Manor House
Agricultural Centre

Steve & Carol Moore


Las Cañadas



Success Stories

Terra Madre 2006 (pdf document)



International Partners

Through its trainings and publications, Ecology Action has catalyzed projects worldwide. The projects below had their beginnings through connections with Ecology Action or through people who had connections with us. All of the projects have since put down strong roots and have been the means by which hundreds of thousands of people have learned how to successfully grow their own food.


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Director Juan Manuel Martinez

Manor House Agricultural Centre
Director Emmanuel Omondi
Director Mercedes Torres-Barriero
Common Ground Project
Director Joshua Machinga
Director Irina Kim
Director Ludmila Zhirina
MESA Co-Directors Lauren Augusta and Leah Atwood
Steve Moore
Lauren Augusta and Leah Atwood
Kenya: GROW BIOINTENSIVE Agriculture Center of Kenya
Co-Directors Samuel Nderitu and Peris Wanjiru Nderitu


ADYSADYS, along with Ecology Action, ECOPOL and Las Cañadas was a part of the Latin American Conference 2010: Biointensive Agriculture Facing Climate Change.

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Joshua Machinga

Joshua Machinga, from Kenya, was a six-month intern at Ecology Action’s Mini-Farm in 1995 after graduating from the Manor House Agricultural Centre’s two-year Biointensive Agriculture certificate program. After spending some years as an extension officer for Manor House, Joshua branched out on his own and started the Common Ground Project (formerly called the Pilot Follow-Up Project). More information coming soon!



ECOPOLIn 1989, Juan Manuel Martinez Valdez was working for the Mexican Department of Social Security (IMSS) when he came to Ecology Action for training in Biointensive farming. When he returned home, he founded ECOPOL (Ecología y Población) now our primary partner in Latin America. Through Juan's connection to IMSS and his outreach to other governmental and non-governmental organizations, ECOPOL has established Biointensive training as an integral part of services already being delivered to rural populations. Juan retired from IMSS ten years ago and has focused all of his time since then on ECOPOL's activities. Through direct training, farmer-to-farmer training and distribution of publications, Juan's work has spread Biointensive to approximately 3.3 million people throughout Latin America's 22 countries in a 24-year period— an average of 137,500 people annually.

ECOPOL, along with Ecology Action, ADYS and Las Cañadas was a part of the Latin American Conference 2010: Biointensive Agriculture Facing Climate Change.



MESAMultinational Exchange for Sustainable Agriculture (MESA) connects farmers and sustainable food advocates around the world for participatory training and cross-cultural exchange to strengthen local, resilient food systems worldwide. 

Since 1997, MESA has sponsored over 600 global farm stewards at over 250 U.S. host placements, including many internship participants with Ecology Action.

MESA proudly offers the only J-1 Training and Cultural Exchange Program--as designated by the U.S. Department of State--to solely facilitate a "share and learn" experience on behalf of sustainable agriculture for small-scale farmers and grassroots activists. MESA's U.S. agricultural program designation permits us to sponsor trainees (aka "Stewards") for up to 12 months on a J-1 training visa to come to the U.S. for training and cross-cultural exchange. MESA also facilitates international training and exchange opportunities with our alumni network for farmers and agrarians from the US and around the world.

A non-profit, 501(c)(3) organization, MESA enables cross-cultural exchange around global practices of sustainable agriculture. The training is a two-way exchange to spur innovation and preserve traditional techniques worldwide and advance a farmer-led grassroots movement to transform the global food system. Training programs focus on ecological production practices, processing, direct marketing, community organizing and education, and organic crop research and breeding.
For recruitment of Stewards for U.S. training, MESA establishes global partnerships with NGOs, university programs, and other organizations that are well regarded in the field of sustainable agriculture and cultural exchange. These International NGOs also offer training programs which are opened up to U.S. agriculturalists and MESA's alumni network.

MESA also manages competitive matching grant programs for participating Hosts and Stewards. Sustainable Projects Recognizing Innovative Growers (SPRIG) grants foster innovation, mentorship, and experimentation for U.S. sustainable farms by supporting collaborative on-site projects involving Hosts and Stewards. Upon U.S. program completion, Stewards are eligible for grants to launch SPRIG projects in their home communities. Since 1998, MESA has funded dozens of small-scale SPRIGs abroad designed by enterprising Steward alumni in Peru, Ecuador, Thailand, Sri Lanka, Nepal, Lithuania, Armenia, Kenya, Bolivia and Mexico.

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RussiaIn 1990 Carol Vesecky, a friend of Ecology Action, helped arrange a one-week workshop at Stanford University for 10 gardeners from a Moscow gardening collective. In 1993 she facilitated the Russian translation of How to Grow More Vegetables and started Biointensive for Russia (BfR).

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G-BIACK (Kenya)

G-BIACK, (the Grow Biointensive Agriculture Center of Kenya) is located in Thika, Kenya and demonstrates, trains and promotes GROW BIOINTENSIVE AGRICULTURE methods and other appropriate community development techniques for sustainability among small-scale farm holders in Central, Eastern, and Nairobi Provinces in Kenya.

 G-BIACK initiatives aim at eradicating poverty and improving the living standards of resource poor communities by promoting ecologically viable development strategies for sustainable and quality livelihoods.

Founders Samuel Nderitu and his wife Peris Wanjiru Nderitu are both graduates of the 2-Year Biointensive Training Program at Manor House Agricultural Centre in Kenya, sponsored by the Kilili Self-Help Project. They are experts in Biointensive agriculture; Samuel's focus is on community development and Peris is trained in community health development, including HIV/AIDS prevention.

G-BIACKThe G-BIACK center sits on one acre of land, the average size of a family farm in our region. It is designed as a model farm for small-scale farm holders. The center has over 160 double-dug beds, all planted with different types of food crops, organically grown. Soil fertility is continuously improved and maintained through the use of composted bio-matter from the center’s gardens. There are also chickens, rabbits, dairy goats and an apiary. G-BIACK center staff trains small-scale farmers on sustainable ways and methods of increased food production both at our site, and through outreach to communities.

Click here to watch the twelve minute film Grow, about G-BIACK and the biointensive farming movement!

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In 1976 Dr. C.V. Seshadri of the Murugappu Chettiar Research Center in India responded to a letter Ecology Action had sent out to alternative technology organizations around the world. He was sent How to Grow More Vegetables and other materials, which the research center began to test and teach in the city of Tharumani, Madras state, as well as in several villages. In 1980 the Center published a monograph: “Biodynamic Gardening,” which gave the results of their project after 2-1/2 years and states that How to Grow was used as their standard reference. The principle conclusions were: “This method can be taught to people with no previous experience of vegetable growing. They can produce good yields with locally-available resources in poor soils.”

In 1990 Dr. Seshadri wrote: “We initiated a project for the Department of Science and Technology, New Delhi, Government of India. The aim of the project was to provide rural women sustainable income by using the biodynamic [Biointensive] techniques. One hundred women were trained and they started growing vegetables using the Biodynamic gardening techniques in their backyards. As there was no demand locally, a society by the name of Shaktha Society for Women was formed to find a good market for these organically-grown vegetables in the city. As the vegetables fetched them better prices, the women got very much interested.”

Dr. Seshadri died later in the 1990’s and we have lost track of the project. But we mention it because it was the first international response to our work and the first large-scale testing of the effectiveness of GROW BIOINTENSIVE sustainable mini-farming, from which two detailed reports were published.



KililiKilili Self Help Project supports graduates of Manor House Agricultural Centre in western Kenya in their work with farmers.

Kilili Self Help Project is located at 260 Marion Avenue, Mill Valley CA 94941; phone: (415) 380-0687; Donations are gratefully accepted and all are channeled to this essential work.

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Ecology Action, ECOPOL and ADYS, Las Cañadas were all a part of the Latin American Conference 2010: Biointensive Agriculture Facing Climate Change.









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