SUSTAINABLE AGRICULTURE

Learning Opportunities

Agriculture in the Mamoní Valley Preserve is a novel system of efficient production through the fusion of permaculture principles, ecological reconciliation, scientific research and sustainable community development.

In the Mamoní Valley of Panamá, we are engaged in the advancement of a system of sustainable, market based conservation. As an alternative to traditional models of conservation – historically pitched in opposition to agriculture and economic development – we are building a base of integrated productive activities to serve as a platform to conserve and restore more forest while simultaneously providing improved economic opportunities to local communities.

Livestock, soils, cash crops and business all play key roles as the nodes of a commercially viable closed loop system. We invite you to come contribute, learn and create in what is truly an incredible location and once in a lifetime opportunity.

Components of Production

Our integrated production system uses livestock and crops as interlinked sectors which cannot be looked at in isolation. Traditional models, along with latest techniques, are used in systems to minimize external inputs, maximize profits, create sustainable local economic development, and promote environmental conservation and biodiversity.

  • Agriculture: Crops produced for animal feed and human consumption– used locally and for external markets– as well as sustainable crops like Guadua Bamboo for use as construction material.
  • Animal Husbandry: Livestock and crop production are used as interlinked sectors and are not looked at in isolation.
  • Aquaculture: Integrated multi-trophic aquaculture to create balanced systems for environment remediation (biomitigation), economic stability, and better management practices.
  • Soil Production: Integrated soil fertility management through use of crop residues and mineral fertilizers to amend soils, improve productivity and reduce local reliance on harmful chemicals.
  • Value Addition: The engineering of food from raw products to the consumers and the restructuring of the distribution system

Investigation and Scientific components

Using agricultural science students learn in a practical and hands on relevant way and our integrated system is the ideal setting for investigations that focus on problem solving in the real life environment of agriculture.

  • Investigate animals, plants and soils to help improve each of the farm systems
  • Demonstrate appropriate handling techniques of farm animals
  • Explore sustainability and environmental aspects of agricultural production and biodiversity
  • Identify the welfare and husbandry requirements for successful rearing of animals
  • Identify the components of an aquaculture system

Current Projects Include:

Our sites currently have a focus on the production of moringa, cassava, papaya, cacao, sweet peppers, corn, various herbs, citrus, gourds, pitaya, passion fruit, bananas, plantains, peach palm, mountain apple, bamboo, pigs and tilapia. Other species grown on our sites include avocado, mango, star fruit, mamón (melicocca bijuga), pineapples, cashew apple and nuts, neem, gliricidia, bread fruit, among many other delicious tropical fruits and plants for various uses.

  • Composting systems with biochar production, animal waste management and microbial inoculation used for organic soil amendments and improvements
  • Processing, branding, marketing, and logistics studies for product development and distribution
  • Growth studies for tilapia, pigs, cows, ducks, chickens, and goats
  • Field surveys, management and observation, classification and identification
  • Production and use of natural, organic pesticides and herbicides

How to Join Us

We currently offer program appointments for internships, apprenticeships, scientists/researchers as well as accepting volunteers. Please fill out the form and a representative will contact you shortly!

Apprenticeships commit to work for a longer period of time to get practical experience and learn a specific job or skill while interns are students, graduates and young professionals who work with our learning directors to gain supervised, practical professional experience.

Volunteers are independently driven voluntourists joining us to help move the organization forward. There is no one specific field they will be focused on as they are expected to help our team of staff and interns with any project that, at that specific time, needs attention for us to accomplish our mission of conserving the Mamoni Valley.

Questions? Call us – 1-857-MAMONI-1

Learn more about our programs!

Apprenticeships, as low as $1000 / month, commit to work for a longer period of time to get practical experience and learn a specific job or skill while interns, as low as $1200 / month, are students, graduates and young professionals who work with our learning directors to gain supervised, practical professional experience.

Volunteers, as low as $30 / day, are similar to that of the internship and apprenticeship. Volunteers are independently driven voluntourists joining us to help move the organization forward. There is no one specific field they will be focused on as they are expected to help our team of staff and interns with any project that, at that specific time, needs attention for us to accomplish our mission of conserving the Mamoni Valley.