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.
Three young Talolingans, Javier Espinoza, Marvin Ramirez Aguirre, and Eduard Andino have taken on the roles of the area's extensionists. Support for Javier's agronomy, Marvin's veterinary, and Eduard's agroforestry education is provided by the Ag Extension Project through generous donations. The extensionists 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.
Each winter a YGA delegation travels to Nicaragua to visit Talolinga and other rural farms and research sites. 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”
"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.
Our partners at Project Gettysburg-León (PGL) have written an article about climate change and its impacts on progress. (This article also appeared in The Gettysburg Times)