OVERVIEW AND DESCRIPTION:


The course provides a learner charged environment where students wrestle with and find applicable answers to the life issues of hunger, malnutrition, food insecurity, poverty and environmental degradation.  Students engage in learning how cultural beliefs, broken relationships, non-sustainable agriculture practices and a lack of understanding contribute significantly to these global issues.  Students are equipped with knowledge and fundamental agriculture and community development skills to impact the lives of multiple people groups from rural farmers to urbanites.


Students learn practical, restorative and sustainable agriculture, food production and community development skills equipping them to address these very issues and bring hope for the future.


Natural and organic practices are presented and promoted.  Students learn soil rebuilding techniques, appropriate plants choices and varying natural food producing methods with application and appropriate integrations. 


Studies include:

  1. fundamental of soil health

  2. plant nutrition

  3. natural pest and disease management

  4. agro-forestry

  5. permaculture

  6. bee keeping

  7. human nutrition

  8. natural medicines

  9. business and leadership development

  10. animal agriculture

All are taught within the context of people centered community development. 

Instructors are qualified experienced practitioners who bring their expertise to the classroom and participants.


The 22-week course provides both personal and team learning experience.  Classroom teaching integrates with practicals and implementation of the methods taught.  Participants develop their own food growing plots, experience growing field crops, take part in caring for a livestock enterprise, and practice environmental stewardship.  Additionally, incorporated weekly throughout the school, staff led student teams work in selected collaborative communities.  Here, students get hands-on experience in supervised community development application providing opportunity to implement and multiply learned principles and practices. 


Community Collaboration participation includes weekly planning, prayer, and strategy for multiplying learned views, principles and practices.  The learning process is strengthened by weekly debriefing, processing, and coaching of the team experiences in the collaborating communities.


COURSE OBJECTIVES:



  1. Equip participants with viable, sustainable, appropriate, natural based food growing methods to combat food insecurity, poverty and malnutrition.

  2. Provide an environment for participants to learn, understand and practice God’s design for an integrated and inter-relational approach to agriculture, food production, and resource stewardship.

  3. Equip participants as change agents and trainers in the sphere and vocation of agriculture who can impact and train others.

  4. Develop ambassadors of reconciliation and healing in the sphere of agriculture.

  5. Restore agriculture as a viable, honorable and marketable vocation.

  6. Equip participants with knowledge and skills in recognized and viable natural and organic food growing methods as an alternative to and in contrast to the commonly promoted conventional agriculture practices.

  7. Equip participants with a broad based understanding of the principles, practices, methods and technologies of sustainable, conservation and organic agriculture.

  8. Equip participants to identify and use locally available resources for sustainable, reproducible and environmentally sensitive food production.

  9. Provide living laboratory learning of various conservation and organic food production models.

  10. Equip participants with the foundational principles and practices of transformational development.

  11. Equip participants with management and leadership skills.


EXPECTED OUTCOMES:


Changed World Views and Paradigms.


Agriculture restored as a viable, honorable and marketable vocation.


Confident people able to demonstrate how changes in mind set, agriculture practices, restored soil health, and integrated food production methods can result in improved crop yields, improved nutrition and improved individual and community health.


Confident people equipped with knowledge and skills in recognized and viable natural and organic food growing methods as an alternative to and in contrast to the commonly promoted conventional agriculture practices.


Tangible Hope, communities changed positively reflecting a holistic representation of the Kingdom of God for generation.  Broken lives and land healed and restored.  Dependency and poverty reduced, even eliminated, replaced with bounty grown from their own hands.  Lives and communities that are food secure, economically secure, socially secure, spiritually secure for generations.


GENERAL INFOMATION/FEES:


DATES:  July 9 - December 8, 2017

WHERE:  2017 Host Venue:  Youth With a Mission, Arua, Uganda

APPLICATION DEADLINE:  June 30, 2017

FEES:  Category A:  $2200  Category B:  $1100  Category C:  $550

            Fees include tuition, meals and lodging.

CONTACTS:   info@livingseedsinitiative.org  or  ywamarua@yahoo.com


Sustainable Agriculture School

A collaboration between Living Seeds Initiative and Youth With a Mission, Uganda

2017 Host Venue:  Youth With a Mission Center, Arua, Uganda

  1. Overview and Description

  2. Course Objectives

  3. Expected Outcomes

  4. General Information/Fees

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