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Sustainable Agriculture

Sustainable Agriculture meets the needs of the present without compromising the needs of future generations. It does so by embracing three main goals — environmental health, economic profitability, and social and economic equity. The following documents offer a means to this end.

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Bee Keeping

  • Beginners Guide to Beekeeping in Kenya
  • Bee Keeping Gloves
    Gloves are especially important for beginner beekeepers. The best bee glove does not allow stings to go through, and allows you to work in a confident way.
  • Bee Keeping Mask
    Learn to make a veil to protect your head and neck while bee keeping.
  • Beekeeping Terms
    Vocabulary and definitions that aid in the understanding and management of bees.
  • Bee Propolis
    Propolis is a waxy substance that comes from tree bark and buds and is used by bees. Propolis offers antiseptic, antibiotic, antibacterial, antifungal, and even antiviral properties and can be harvested, used and sold to boost the immune system.

Chickens

  • Raising Chickens
    Soft management practices for family or cooperative flocks to increass the yields of both eggs and meat.
  • Chicken Tractor
    An adaptable and efficient housing design for chicken flocks.

Composting

  • Compost for Soil Enrichment
    Design a compost bin that breaks down raw organic material into dark nutrient rich soil.
  • Vermicomposting
    Learn vermicomposting also known as worm compost, vermicast, worm castings, worm humus or worm manure. The breakdown of natural material by earthworms is used as a nutrient-rich, organic fertilizer, and soil conditioner often referred to as black gold.

Sustainable/Organic Agriculture

  • Community Grain Banks
    Grain banks store grain within a village, making it available to people at fair prices during times of shortage. Learn to assist in community building and the management of one.
  • Organic Farming Can Feed the World
    Switching to organic farming would have different effects according to where in the world you live and how you currently farm. Studies show that the less-industrialized world stands to benefit the most. Learn more!
  • Case Against GMO
    Learn 10 reasons why genetically modified seeds can’t deliver on their promises.
  • Pillars and Key Strategies for Sustainable Agriculture in Africa
    Increase food security by introducing small-scale farmers to farming practices that make efficient use of limited resources, require few, if any, external inputs, and protect natural resources (particularly soil fertility) for future generations..
  • Sustainable Organic Agriculture as a Technique for Rural Community in Development
    As individuals, farmers face many difficult choices with broad scale impacts. This guide discusses the principles and techniques of SOA.
  • Biointensive Farming Training Manual
    Biointensive farming is a self-help food raising method based on building and maintaining soil fertility and using NO chemicals. It is simple to learn and use, based on sophisticated principles dating back 4000 years in China, 2000 years in Greece, and 300 years in Europe.
  • GROW BIOINTENSIVE
    GROW BIOINTENSIVE® agriculture is less dependent on expensive external inputs, is space intensive, water conserving, depends on less labor, and creates minimal pest problems. Learn eight key steps to GROW BIOINTENSIVE®.
  • Pesticides
    Learn how pesticides, lethal to insects, vermin, and plant disease, pose significant health risks towards humans as well.
  • Organic Agriculture, Production and Trade in Kenya

Seed Saving

  • Seed Saving Guide
    Learn the seed-saving practices of our ancestor which often resulted in resistance to local disease and pests while gradually adapting to regional climate and soil conditions.
  • Selecting the Best Seeds by Joshua Machinga
  • Starting and Operating a Community Seed Bank/Library 
    Developing plans for communities and small farmers to share their heirloom seeds is extremely important. Because of the issues associated with GM seeds through giant agribusiness corporations, the loss of biodiversity is a worldwide concern. Saving seed is key to not just food security but food sovereignty (freedom).

Trees for Development

The Sustainable Village Library is a collection of projects, research, curriculum and guides submitted by and for volunteers and villagers. These documents are designed to be shared and to enhance sustainable development efforts. If you have information to share with people across the world, please send submissions to  shana@villagevolunteers.org