Sustainable Farming

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Organic gardening training continues at Himalayan Institute Mexico's facility. Ariszandy, our agronomist, prepared a special class for counselors to reinforce home-gardening techniques and the proper use of tools. La formación de la jardineria organica continúa en la facilidad Mexicana del Instituto Himalaya. Arizsandy, nuestro ingeniero agronomo preparo una clase especial que se reforzó las ténicas de [...]

March 28th, 2013|Mexico|

Second Training Program Complete: Himalayan Institute Mexico Demonstrates Operational Independence

A milestone in Himalayan Institute Community Center history has been achieved! For the first time, a major training course was organized and taught completely by local staff. In December 2010, nine more students graduated from the second round of Himalayan Institute Mexico’s (HIM) Sustainable Agriculture Training program, which was taught for the first time in [...]

January 5th, 2011|Mexico|

Going Green in Jonotla

Himalayan Institute Mexico’s demonstration farm now features a brand-new greenhouse. Constructed of high-grade plastic sheeting stretched over a frame of locally grown bamboo, the greenhouse will provide a controlled environment for nursing herbs and vegetable seedlings, growing specialty crops like vanilla, and extending the growing season for staple foods such as tomatoes, which cannot grow [...]

August 17th, 2010|Mexico|

Worm Composting with Everyday Materials

Himalayan Institute Mexico’s project in Jonotla focuses on teaching sustainable, organic agriculture techniques. Many farmers in Jonotla and around the world depend on chemical fertilizers and pesticides in order to maintain high crop yields. However, in the long run, these chemicals rob the land of its vitality, which makes the farmers all the more dependent [...]

April 13th, 2010|Mexico|

Himalayan Institute Mexico Takes Off

Breakfast with the mayor of Jonotla. In December 2009, Humanitarian Projects Manager Jeff Abella and Project Coordinator Cheryl Malkoun traveled to Mexico and secured office space in metropolitan Puebla and farmland in the rural mountain town of Jonotla. This trip was a culmination of two years’ worth of scouting trips and meetings with [...]

January 12th, 2010|Mexico|

2009 Major Activities and Timeline

For the Himalayan Institute Humanitarian Initiatives, 2009 was an exciting and very busy year. Here is a timeline of major events: HI Cameroon Himalayan Institute Cameroon HI Tibetan Settlements Himalayan Institute & Tibetan Partnership HI India Himalayan Institute India HI Mexico Himalayan Institute Mexico January HI Tibetan Settlements An in-depth planning trip is made to [...]

January 4th, 2010|Cameroon, India, Mexico, Tibetan Settlements|

Irrigation in Kishong

The site for Himalayan Institute Cameroon's (HIC) Energy Farming project in Kishong is beautiful: a large hill leads down to a stream, which runs along the base of the land. The dry season leaves this area without water for six months at a time, so without irrigation the growing season is limited to only half [...]

February 12th, 2009|Cameroon|

Crop Diversification to Improve Diet and Nutrition

The HIC held an interdisciplinary seminar on Saturday entitled Crop Diversification to Improve Diet and Nutrition. The event called together staff from the agricultural School of Energy Farming and the wellness-oriented Total Health Center. Anita Mongshi of Total Health explained how the common local diet, made up overwhelmingly of corn, is responsible for many of [...]

November 3rd, 2008|Cameroon|

First Farming Seminar in Kishong

While the rest of the Himalayan Institute Cameroon team was in Kumbo running the public open house, School of Energy Farming consultant Luke Demuth was inaugurating the Himalayan Institute campus in Kishong Village with its first educational seminar. Over 60 local farmers attended to learn about the power of composting to improve soil fertility. They were [...]

October 24th, 2008|Cameroon|

Advanced Composting Seminar

On Saturday, the Himalayan Institute Cameroon’s Energy Farming team held a public seminar titled “Advanced Composting.” The event highlighted the kind of sustainable agricultural techniques that the School of Energy Farming will soon be bringing to hundreds of rural farmers. Energy Farming consultant Luke Demuth discussed the nutritional and economical benefits of composting.  “Observing the [...]

September 23rd, 2008|Cameroon|