Hands-on Training

Field Management Activity (FMA)

This is the part of the training curriculum in which participants will be able to improve upon what they have learned by receiving the time and freedom to practice and make use of their learning. At the same time it gives them a responsibility to manage the sections where they are assigned.

Participants are divided into 4 groups. Each group is given management responsibility in the ARI fields and in livestock (fish, pig, poultry) with the support of staff and volunteers assigned to each section.

Once a week, participants will have a FMA session. During the session there will be a practical lecture, workshop, discussion or sharing on leadership and farming skills to help us live peacefully with other people and with nature and to deepen our understanding of the meaning of “Foodlife.”

Participants will receive more opportunities to use their ARI training in the following areas:

– Integrated organic agricultural techniques
– Farm planning and management
– Leadership
– Utilization of local resources
– Group dynamics and participatory decision making
– Sharing indigenous knowledge

Practical Field Study (PFS)

PFS sessions are set up to give both theoretical and hands-on knowledge of organic farming, animal rearing, and food processing techniques.

PFS Classes

– Bokashi (quick compost)
– Compost
– Integrated pest management
– Indigenous microorganisms
– Fermented plant juice & fish amino acid
– Charcoal
– Seed collection
– Soil block for seedlings
– Fermented feed
– Livestock disease prevention
– Livestock feed mixing
– Meat processing

Optional Seasonal Topics

– Chicken brooding
– Fish spawning
– Pigs: artificial insemination, delivery, castration

Optional Topics

– Biogas system
– Soap making
– Food reservation (bottling)

Community Work

This is a time when all members of the community come together to work towards a single goal for the good of ARI. It is a celebration of community and of what can be accomplished through group cooperation.

– Rice transplanting
– Drainage cleaning
– Potato harvest
– Rice harvest
– Corn harvest and silage making
– Soybean harvest