Nicaragua Agricultural Extension Project
The goals of the Nicaragua Agricultural Extension project are to support education, use of sustainable agriculture techniques and crop diversification in Talolinga and the surrounding communities.
Two young Talolingans, Javier Espinoza and Marvin Ramirez Aguirre, have taken on the roles of the area's extensionists. Support for Javier's agronomy and Marvin's veterinary education is provided by the Ag Extension Project through generous donations. Both Javier and Marvin have used the knowledge gained so far to lead and coordinate small farming groups for men and women in Talolinga, workshops and a school garden. There are plans for a third extensionist from a neighboring village to be trained in agro-forestry.
Each winter a YGA delegation travels to Nicaragua to visit Talolinga. This allows YGA members to establish relationships with project participants, assist in furthering goals, offer support where needed and participate in a community workday. Throughout the year, regular meetings are scheduled to support efforts in the village, maintain communication between YGA and villagers as well as assess the project plan.
Below you can see photos and read updates on the project as it progresses:
Gives a detailed account of collaborators, accomplishments and future goals.
Read the latest update on the Ag Extension Project and letters from the Nicaraguan young growers on “What it Means to be an Extensionist”
This delegation trip will be an opportunity to learn about a country with a rich but sometimes tragic history, as well as a chance to see how agriculture is practiced in a country where more than half the population is dependent upon farming for income or subsistence.
"The soil was dark, moist, and smelled…rich. If the dirt before us could be likened to a gourmet meal, it would be a hearty beef and vegetable stew." December 2013 marked the 4th trip to Nicaragua for several members of the Young Grower Alliance (YGA), a coalition of specialty crop growers.
Photos and project description presented at the annual YGA luncheon.
Javier Espinoza visited Gettysburg, PA in October of 2013 with Aaron Banas the Project Gettysburg-Leon in country director.
A group of YGA members visit Javier in Talolinga January 2013
View images and YGA member impressions from past years.