“Eating is an agricultural act.”
– Wendell Berry
– Wendell Berry
LOCAL & HEALTHY
Ecological agriculture is a pioneering approach that draws on local experience and local resources to produce food in a way that works with natural systems instead of against them.
It requires little or no external inputs, and enables people to provide bountiful and healthy food for their themselves, their families, and their communities.
GOOD FOR THE SOIL
All life on land comes from soil. Ecological farming protects soils, promotes biodiversity, and does not harm the natural environment.
It does this by building and sustaining healthy soil, protecting it from erosion, increasing fertility, and conserving natural habitats.
GOOD FOR THE SOUL
People from the city and the countryside alike can benefit from a holistic approach to farming. It serves as a bridge between producers and consumers, builds community, and drives an ecological culture based on food sovereignty.
It also promotes direct contact with the earth as a grounding practice to reconnect with the natural world.
RESPONDS TO CLIMATE CHANGE
Farming in harmony with biodiversity is the most effective way of adapting agriculture to varying climatic conditions.
Using a mix of different crops, particularly native plants, is proven to increase resilience to weather changes.
HONOURS ANCESTRAL KNOWLEDGE
Ecological farming celebrates Indigenous land-based practices as the core of community resilience.
It is centered on the preservation of biological and cultural diversity of ecosystems.
It recognizes the importance of drawing on ancestral knowledge to actively cultivate, improve, and positively contribute to the natural world.
Support existing projects led and run by marginalized communities in a way that is beneficial to the environment, the culture, and the people.
ECOSOL offers multi-day and multi-week programs designed to support community-led initiatives that conserve biodiversity, preserve ancestral knowledge, and strengthen understanding between people across the Americas.