Since their opening in 2017 through funding from the Government of Canada, the Training Center and Demonstration Farm have served as the base of all SFHC activities. We are grateful that funding though the Biovision Foundation for Ecological Development and donations from supporters have helped us to expand the FRTC over the years! You can watch a visual tour by clicking here!
Farmer Research and Training Center
The Farmer Research and Training Center provides a central space from which to facilitate farmer-to-farmer exchange, training, and experimentation. Conceived over several years, inspired by visits to similar centers and cooperatives in Zambia, Zimbabwe, Tanzania, and India, this unique space includes classrooms, offices, a community space for meetings of the General Assembly, a dining hall and kitchen for recipe testing and meal preparation. We have also constructed dormitories that allows visiting farmers to stay and take part in SFHC activities on site. The project has helped facilitate visits from collaborating researchers and students.
The Demonstration Farm is designed to demonstrate agroecological farming methods, test seed varieties, and serve as a resource for farmer training. It includes:
- Dryland cropping system with demo plots (including cereals, drought-tolerant grains, tubers and legumes, and cover crops)
- Vegetable Growing Area with demo plots including legumes, leafy greens, fruits, herbs, roots, and tubers.
- Herb and Medicinal Growing Area
- Orchards include orange, avocado, lemon, lime, banana, and papaya trees, with collection pits (shown below) that serve as a water supply for banana trees.
- Woods for shade and agroforestry
- Rainwater harvesting tank, holding up to 36, 000 liters of water
- Livestock enclosure
- Fish pond
- Wind barrier around the fields