Sustainable Agricultural School
Agriculture touches everyone’s lives. Food is a life necessity. Hunger, malnutrition and food insecurity are undeniably real issues facing the world today. Broken relationships, non-sustainable agriculture practices, cultural beliefs and a lack of understanding contribute significantly to these global issues. The Sustainable Agriculture School equips students with an understanding of these very issues and how to bring hope for the future.
Discipleship focused, participants will gain applicable answers to food security issues, skills in sustainable food production methods, an understanding of a Biblical approach to agriculture and agriculture development, and ways to bring positive change to communities. Using a participatory approach combining classroom theory, group processing and hands on learning techniques, the course addresses the integrated spiritual, physical and social dynamics of hunger, poverty, and resource stewardship through a Biblical grid.
Participants will be equipped with knowledge and fundamental skills to impact the lives of people and farmers around the world. The course presents a Biblical perspective on farming - renewing, rebuilding, restoring - and emphasizes the great value God places on his creation, stewardship and agriculture as an occupation. Participants will learn how soil fertility can be restored and improved and crop yields dramatically increased without the need for expensive artificial fertilizers. Additional knowledge and experience will be gained in multiple other integrated subjects such as natural pest control, animal husbandry, agroforestry, seed saving, crop harvest and storage, bee keeping, natural medicines, leadership, discipleship, and business enterprise development and management.
Developed in collaboration between YWAM Hope Land and Living Seeds Initiative, the 2016 Sustainable Agriculture School, a University of the Nations registered course, will be hosted by YWAM Hope Land at their campus near Jinja Uganda. Living Seeds Initiative’s role (Gene and Gretchen Tate) brings extensive experience in agriculture missions and development contributing curriculum design, leadership, and primary on site trainer/educators. The YWAM Hope Land campus is blessed with a large amount of land for agriculture, a tropical climate and plentiful rain.
Classroom teaching will be integrated with practicals. Participants will move between the lecture room and the Hope Land farm where they will engage in it’s agriculture program as well as develop their own food growing plots providing a personal learning experience in ways to introduce and demonstrate techniques to local farmers. Community application is incorporated weekly throughout the school where participant teams engage in a learning environment implementing learned practices in collaborating partner communities.
No previous experience in agriculture is needed for this course but those with previous experience are welcome and encouraged to attend.
“Pray then in this way; Our Father who art in Heaven, Hallowed be thy name. Thy Kingdom come. Thy will be done. On earth as it is in heaven.” MATTHEW 6:9-10 NAS.
- Equip participants as change agents and trainers in the sphere and vocation of agriculture who can impact and train others.
- Develop ambassadors of reconciliation and healing in the sphere of agriculture.
- Restore agriculture as a viable, honorable and marketable vocation.
- Provide an environment for participants to learn, understand and practice an integrated and inter-relational approach to agriculture, food production, and resource stewardship.
- Provide a broad based understanding of the principles, practices, methods and technologies of sustainable, conservation and organic agriculture.
- Equip participants to identify and use locally available resources for sustainable, reproducible and environmentally sensitive food production.
- Provide living laboratory learning of various conservation and organic food production models.
- Equip participants with the foundational principles and practices of transformational development.
- Equip participants with management and leadership skills.
The Sustainable Agriculture School is a registered course with the University of the Nations, Kona, Hawaii. College of Science and Technology.