Biointensive Farming

Biointesive farming can change

Before and After picture of garden

Even with minimal space, little water, initially poor soil, and no chemical fertilizers or pesticides, families using biointensive farming methods can expect a two to six-fold increase in the output of their land. In addition to making gardens more productive, biointensive farming helps to preserve precious topsoil and biodiversity and recycles nutrients back into the soil through composting. The approach is community-based, low-cost and sustainable–and even contributes to a greener environment.

Unfortunately, investment in agriculture in developing countries is often directed to the production of a single staple crop such as maize. While providing calories, maize does not provide all of the nutrients necessary to build good health. Bopoma Villages is part of a growing movement focused on nourishing people, not just feeding them. A key part of our agricultural training teaches what to grow and eat to improve health and boost immunity to disease.

Building a Keyhole Garden

Bopoma Villages volunteers build an organic garden for a child-headed household in Zaka, Zimbabwe

Produce in Mutendi

The vegetables grown in Mutendi School’s garden help to provide food support and pay for school fees and supplies for disabled and orphaned children attending the school. The garden also provides the students with valuable training in biointensive agriculture.

Bopoma Villages sponsored Victor and Tapera, two young men from Zaka, to attend an intensive two-year training course in biointensive agriculture with Thrive in Kenya. They are now certified agricultural trainers with Bopoma Villages. They are passionate about seeing families and communities transformed through biointensive agriculture and improved nutrition.