Deadline to Apply: PARTICIPATORY RESEARCH PROJECT WITH UC PROFESSOR OF AGROECOLOGY, MIGUEL ALTIERI
Project duration: Aug 8th - November 30th, 2013
Maximum participants: 40
Location: Gill Tract Farm, Albany CA
Deadline to apply: July 20th
Participants will have the opportunity to learn and experiment alongside Professor Altieri and his student team, on agroecological production methods featuring intercropping, mulching, addition of organic matter, etc .
Not only will the project be a chance to learn about agroecology and ecological horticulture, but also the project entails a fun challenge, as participants will be able to test management options of their own design to see who can grow the most crop diverse plots and the most food per unit area.
DIMENSIONS AND TEAMS: The research plot is 60 meters long by 15 rows wide and will be preplanted with beans and fava beans. The plot will be divided in 10 subplots ( 6 meter long by 15 rows) and each subplot will be managed by groups of 4 people. Participants will be assigned or self selected into teams of 4 people for a total of 40 people.
SUPPLIES: Participants will feel free to cut all or some of the preplanted beans and fava beans in the subplots and add a diversity of vegetable crops that thrive in the fall ( lettuce, arugula, cole crops, spinach, mizuna, etc). Peoplemay bring organic vegetable starts and seed of their own to plant, or may use a limited amount of organic starts provided at no cost by Professor Altieri and Occupy the Farm. Each group will decide which plants to grow, and test various plant associations, mulching techniques and organic fertilization methods. Participants are expected to bring their own tools for planting, weeding, carrying compost, etc.
Planting times for vegetable crops:
Days to maturity of various crops: http://www.mastergardeners.org/publications/plantingYourVegGarden.html
Participants will have to draw a map of the number of plants used and plant arrangements deployed in each subplot, document all the management techniques used and the inputs used, as well as quantify all the production reached ( weigh everything that is harvested as the goal is to reach a yield of at least 5 Kg per square meter per year)
HOW TO APPLY: Participation is free and open to all to apply, but space is limited and subject to submission of a crop plan, due July 20th. A series of free workshops are available to participants who want support in designing their crop plans, planting seeds, etc.
• Crop Planning 101, July 13th, 11am-2pm, location TBD
• Seed Starting & Food Sovereignty 101, July 20th, 11am-2pm, location TBD
Please register for workshops and send crop plans to tmt39 [at] cornell [dot] edu
Email Professor Altieri with questions at urbanag10 [at] gmail [dot] com
All selected participants will need to carefully follow guidelines on access to Gill Tract, use of plots, watering, etc that will be provided. Planting is expected to start August 10 at 9 am.