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Latin American Soil, Food, & People Conference

Moises CuevasVasques, Mexico Padre Julio Cesar de la Garza, Spain John Doran, USA
Moises Cuevas Vasques, Mexico, is the director of AALTERMEX and its training and research center in organic Bioin-tensive methods. He is an agricultural engineer, with additional education in agricultural economy, and has done doctoral studies in sustainable agriculture in Cuba. Padre Julio Cesar de la Garza, Spain, is a Catholic priest and the director of the “La Milpa” project in South Nuevo Leon, Mexico, where there are three demonstration centers in arid zones. He gives four courses every year for 60 people each. John Doran, USA, is a soil scientist with USDA Agricultural Research Service and professor of Agronomy at the University of Nebraska, Lincoln. For over 27 years, he has conducted research on microbial ecology as it relates to the development of sustainable management systems.
Felicia Echeverria Her-moso, Costa Rica Jaime E. García González, Costa Rica Dominique Gillette, France
Felicia Echeverria Hermoso, Costa Rica, is the manager of the Organic Agriculture National Program of the Ministry of Agriculture in Costa Rica. She has interests in sustainable development, producer training, and marketing. Jaime E. García González, Costa Rica, PhD in Agricultural Science, Extensionista and Researcher for the Environmental Education Center in the State University, professor in the Biology School of the University of Costa Rica, founder of the Organic Agriculture National Association and the Executive Committee of the Organic Agriculture Costa Rican Movement. Author of many books and various articles about pesticides and organic agriculture. Dominique Guillete, France
has worked for the protection of food biodiversity and production of organic seeds for 12 years. He is the chairman of the Kokopelli Association in France, an organization dedicated to seed production and seed production teaching. He is the author of Les Semences de Kokopelli.
Don Lotter, USA John Jeavons, USA Juan Manuel Martinez Valdez, Mexico
Don Lotter, USA, has a Ph.D. in Agroecology from the University of CA, Davis where he focused on the soil ecology of organically and conventionally managed vineyards. His research includes soil fertility and yields at the Rodale Institute. He writes for the Rodale Institute's New Farm Magazine. John Jeavons, USA, is the director of Ecology Action, a 32-year-old nonprofit organization. He is known internationally as the leading developer of small-scale food production techniques utilizing the GROW BIOINTENSIVE method. He is the author of the bestselling book, How to Grow More Vegetables,...Grains and Other Crops. Juan Manuel Martinez Valdez, Mexico, is the director of Ecología y Población, (ECOPOL), Ecology Action’s nonprofit affiliate in Mexico and Central and Latin America. ECOPOL teaches families to raise food Biointensively. Over 125,000 Biointensive gardens have been initiated in all of Mexico’s 32 states.
Gaspar Mayagoitia Penagos, Mexico Patricia Mayagoitia Caraveo, Mexico Steve Moore, USA
Gaspar Mayagoitia Penagos, Mexico, is an Agronomist and has 20 years of experience in the Biointensive Method. A certified Biointensive teacher, he works with NGOs and the Catholic church in the Tarahu-mara Sierra in Chihuahua, Mexico. Among his projects are the creation of a university for the Tarahumara Indians. Patricia Mayagoitia Caraveo, Mexico, began working with the Biointensive Method in Chiapas, Mexico, when she was 5 years old. She interned at Ecology Action in Willits, CA, in 2002. She now teaches the Tarahumara Indians, studies International Relations and is a garden manager in Santa Barbara. Steve Moore, USA, is a farmer at the Mid-Atlantic Health Awareness Institute. He is also the former director of the Center for Sustainable Living where he taught, did research and managed a large CSA farm. He continues to develop the use of Biointensive mini-farming methods within a passive solar commercial greenhouse.
Reinhold Muschler Fabian Pacheco Rodriguez, Costa Rica Jack Perella, Costa Rica
Reinhold Muschler, Costa Rica, is a specialist in many kinds of compost, especially those used for tropical farms. His comparative presentations are inspiring. Previously he has worked at CATIE. One of his current interests is the synthesizing of compost effects for plant nutrition, soil food webs, pest suppression and conservation. Fabian Pacheco Rodriguez, Costa Rica, has degrees in both Agronomy and Wildlife and Forest Management and has studied organic agriculture. He has worked with the social ecology movement for 10 years and is active in Oilwatch Meso-america, a movement to stop GMO expansion. He is a supporter of the indigenous movement. Jack Perella, Costa Rica, is the owner and director of Finca del Lago, an experimental station for organic agriculture in San Pedro de Coronado, Costa Rica. The finca farm is a family project and has an integrated ecology including a lake, river, forest, animal refuge, and conference center. In an earlier life he was a college professor and lawyer in California.
Fernando Pia, Argentina Robérto Pozo Oros, Bolivia Ana Primavesi, Brazil
Fernando Pia, Argentina, is the director of CIESA (Centro de In-vestigación y Enseñanza en Agricultura Sosten-ible). He is an agronomic engineer and has been working for a Rural Extension Service in Argentina for 19 years. He has taught Biointensive to nearly 600 people, many of whom are teaching others. Robérto Pozo Oros, Bolivia, is an Agronomist. He is responsible for the productive economic processes in the ACLO Foundation (Loyola Cultural Action) in Sucre. He has 14 years of experience working with Quechua-speaking communities. He received Biointensive Method training in Mexico in 2003. He has trained 80 farmers in his work area. Ana Primavesi, Brazil, is a retired Agronomist and a PhD in Soil Management and Crop Nutrition. She is also a Science Counselor for the Mokiti Okada Foundation, author and a contributor to technical newspapers, a founding member of the Organic Agriculture Society in Brazil, of MAELA in Latin Amer-ica and of IFOAM—Latin America.
Guillermo Romero Ibarrola, Mexico Ricardo Romero, Mexico Dr. Feliciano Ruiz Figueroa
Guillermo Romero Ibarrola, Mexico, is a specialist in Politics and Agro-Nourishing Economy. He has studied at the Iberoamericana Univ., the National Univ. of Mexico and Cornell Univ. He promotes sustainable development in agro-ecology and environmental education and has had positions in both public and private institutions. Ricardo Romero, Mexico, is an Agronomist from Chapingo University and owns an ecotourist center and farm called “Las Cañadas” in Veracruz, Mexico. He was trained in the Biointensive Method at Ecology Action in Willits, California, and now has a 110-bed garden that produces continuously. He teaches visitors and peasants from the region every year. Dr. Feliciano Ruiz Figueroa, Mexico, is an Agronomist specializing in soil and a research professor at the Autonomous Univer. of Chapingo, Mexico. He is the President of the Consejo Nacional Regulador de Agricultura Orgánica A.C. He has taught organic agriculture and has conducted studies on environmental impacts on natural resources.
Professor Kate Scow, USA Ángel Mario Suero, Cuba Mecedes Torres Barreiro, Ecuador
Professor Kate Scow, USA, performs research at the University of California, Davis, on the influence of environmental variables and management practices on microbial community structure and function in soils, and the effects of pollutants and fumigants on microbial populations in agricultural and contaminated soils. Ángel Mario Suero, Cuba, has a PhD in Agroecology and Sustainable Agriculture, is the President of the Agrarian Thinking Professorship “Alvaro Reynoso”, a professor at the Agrarian University in La Havana Cuba, and a founding member of the Professorship Sustainable Agriculture. He coordinated the first course on the Biointen-sive method in Cuba. Mecedes Torres Barreiro, Ecuador, a psychologist with interests in self-employment, development and society, is director of ADYS, in Ecuador. This organization has organized 5,000 Quechuas, Chachis, Aiwas, Montubios and Eperas families. Her project has numerous demonstration centers.
José Luis Salomón, Paraguay  


Additional Presenters:

ACNUR Representative: Colombian Refugees and the Biointensive Method in Ecua-dor’s borderline.

FAO Representative: World Agriculture Towards the Years 2015-2030.

PNUMA Representative: How to Face the World’s Weather Changes

UNICEF Representative: Child Malnutrition in Latin America

José Luis Salomón, Paraguay, is a chemist and principal at the Agricultural School San Francisco de Asis, which belongs to the Paraguayan Foundation. His main goal is to enable the school to become self-sufficient. To this end he introduced the Biointensive Method. All the production at the Agricultural School is 100% organic.  




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