Agriculture means "the culture of being on earth" and in this sense there is a living, dynamic proposal on both sides to remember the common root that unites and sustains us: the earth, the mother of cultivation and culture.
In the search for a holistic and regenerative approach, we propose from agriculture to regenerate human ties and their relationship with the land as well as the revaluation of their culture that combined wisdom, beings, knowledge and flavors throughout history, as an expression from the semi-arid Chaco region on the banks of the Pilcomayo River.
It is a participatory proposal that is born from an exchange with the communities and for the communities and does not intend to be a final result, but rather a dynamic that adapts to the needs, the response, interest and concerns of the inhabitants of the communities of Pomis. Jiwet, Kates and La Gracia.
Through a practical, metaphorical and visual methodology we are sharing knowledge and experiences that nurture and enhance local knowledge, as well as our walk.
"The soil just like us needs good and diverse food;
the better you eat, the better you work "
An analogy to understand the importance of fertilizers.
Based on the climatic behavior, we elaborated a plan of action staggered for each season, whose first stage is the regeneration and construction of the soil, the sustenance of everything: the platform to integrate animal, vegetable and microbiological life.
The communities of the Pilcomayo River are in an area of high temperatures and low rainfall, concentrated in the summer and marking two major seasons: dry season (April-October) and rainy season (November-March).
SOIL / fertilizer and structure
We have visited the area and collected local materials such as mulch, cow dung and goat dung, river trough, dry organic matter, sawdust, among others, with the purpose of building soil to make the following stages.
Planting Bed / intensive orchard
We designed the family garden beds, under the biointensive method of double excavation and fertilization to obtain better performance in a loose soil. With the seeds of spring / summer we begin with the sowing for the self-consumption of each family.
TREES / fruit trees and shade
Simultaneously, we carry out deep and fertilized wells, which are the home of fruit and shade plants, with good coverage of organic matter to cushion the temperature, maintain humidity and reduce irrigation.
MILPA / extensive orchard
The milpa is an agricultural association composed mainly of corn, squash and beans. A model very practiced by most pre-Hispanic civilizations, from Mexico to Argentina.
The proposal with the communities is to complement this ancestral practice in the rainy season with different varieties of plants that generate a microclimate, a diversity, and an ecosystem where the plants cooperate instead of competing, boosting production and at the same time diversifying it.