Class began on June 1 for Himalayan Institute Mexico’s first intensive training course on sustainable agriculture techniques. There were 18 students, ages 18 to 41, enrolled in the month-long course, which will meet for four hours every weekday in June. Each day will begin with two hours of theory and scientific background, which will be taught from a 132-page manual that was written specifically for this class. For the second two hours, students will put these theories to use during practicums on the demonstration farm.

The purpose of the Intensive Organic Training Program is twofold: (1) to teach the science and techniques of sustainable, organic agriculture, and (2) to train a new generation of leaders in the field of organic agriculture.

“We’ve been planning this course now for over a year—building the demo farm, writing the manual, translating the manual… Now that the students are here, the real work is beginning. It’s very exciting!” says Energy Farming program consultant Amanda Masters.

Students sat in a circle, introduced themselves to the class, and discussed their interest in sustainable agriculture.

The class was excited to receive the new textbook and course material.

After beginning with introductions indoors, the class toured the demonstration farm, where they will learn organic techniques firsthand.

Himalayan Institute Mexico proudly presents its inaugural class.