Farm Systems Coordinator, Sheila Halder, explains why working with nature is central to Ripple Effect’s training and gives some tips you can use at home.
Underlining all of our work at Ripple Effect is the principle of starting with what you’ve got, and fundamentally, that is the natural world around you. This can be a huge mind-set change for some, so we help farmers understand what resources are available to them in their communities before we teach them about organic agriculture and the skills they need to create plots that enable their families to thrive.
Techniques such as rainwater harvesting and composting, and learning about the best vegetables to grow in a changing climate can easily be adapted to each family farmer’s situation, and the land available to them.
As farmers start producing enough food to feed their families, and sell the surplus, we see their confidence grow. We also see the local environment begin to flourish.
Without the use of expensive artificial fertilisers or genetically modified seed, managed and biodiverse farms naturally support good harvests.