One of our recent projects carried out has been the implantation of an organic garden at ADCAM Mara Vision Camp in Kenya, something that has moved us all because of the great help that this means for the Masai community.
We are really very proud of this new implementation since, in addition to having a great reception and acceptance among the Masai people, we have been able to develop it thanks to the collaboration, good work and predisposition of the volunteers in our recent ADCAM Volunteering program in October 2020, above all, our thanks and special mention to Daniel Gil Rippin for having been the orchard promoter and the person who has developed the implementation.
But what is an organic garden? It is a vegetable growing system, in which we work according to the nature principles, very much in line with one of the axioms that drive all the actions carried out by ADCAM.
The cultivation systems used in an organic garden are based on ecological principles and absolute respect for the earth and nature, taking advantage of and optimizing resources in the most natural way possible, since no chemical products are used for the food production allowing, in this way, a sustainable development.
And in what way have we worked our garden? Through Sinecoculture, a sustainable agriculture model. This technique consists of the high-density mixed planting of edible plants without the application of tillage, fertilizers or chemicals, using the plants and animals power to extract all the natural strength of the ecosystem that is being worked on.
The Sinecoculture objetive seeks to recover eroded or damaged soils, creating a totally natural ecosystem in order to recover the soil richness and make those battered soils fertile again, thus guaranteeing a future for agriculture.
Masatoshi Funabashi has been the forerunner, inventor and developer of this method. He began by questioning traditional agriculture based on inappropriate practices for soil conservation with the consequent negative impact on the environment that these entail.
In this new model proposed by Funabashi, it is essential to turn agriculture into a data-driven industry, introducing a high diversity of crops for sustainable harvests throughout the year. This has been shown to strengthen food security, nutrition profile, soil quality, cost efficiency, climate adaptation, and field biodiversity.
Ultimately, in syncoculture, ecosystems are artificially created to develop a rich variety of crops and, at the same time, enrich local biodiversity.
Produce food to enrich nature
Increased food production should give rise to various forms of life, including plants, animals, and microorganisms, establishing a rich ecosystem. This is the purpose of syncoculture. It is a new way to enrich the environment and biodiversity. Furthermore, by involving various social and industrial activities, we aim for a positive feedback loop in which cultural diversity produces ecological diversity, and vice versa.
At ADCAM we cannot agree more with the postulates of this new agricultural technique and for this reason, we have implemented it in our organic garden, seeing the first shoots grow and expecting to obtain their first fruits very soon.