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CCMT’S HANDS-ON AGRICULTURE DEPARTMENT ESTABLISHES ORGANIC VEGETABLE FARM

CCMT'S HANDS-ON AGRICULTURE DEPARTMENT ESTABLISHES ORGANIC VEGETABLE FARM

Canadian College of Modern Technology was pleased to break soil on its organic Vegetable farm on Friday, the 29th of January. The farm will cultivate an acre of vegetables to provide fresh produce for the college’s Canteen.

Assisted by Canadian Organic Farming Specialist Timothy Wise, each department student is responsible for 400 square feet of vegetable production beds. Mr. Wise will work directly with our first agriculture students to ensure their education has a strong practical focus from the very first day.

While our other agricultural sites employ artificial fertilizers, these vegetable beds will be managed organically via the ‘Thrive for Good’ agriculture system. This system uses buried organic matter to repair degraded soil and careful plant care and interplanting to manage pests and promote maximum yields, far above those produced by traditional methods, but at a lower cost than mechanized production. The site is irrigated with wastewater from the nearby student hostels, allowing for production even in the middle of the dry season.

The site will also be used for research, with each department’s students conducting a different experiment in their allotment. We believe this experience will help our students develop innovative approaches to extension work with subsistence farmers and promote local, non-dangerous pesticides, herbicides, and fertilization methods.

The practical agricultural site joins the Agroforestry worksite and mechanized rice production already managed by the department.

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