Agroecology

Third Millennium Alliance’s work in land management is based on the foundation of Agro-ecological science. From organic garden and orchard management, Permaculture Design, broadscale Agroforestry, and community development work we are applying the principles of Agroecology to enhance our conservation goals. TMA also conducts climate and Agroecosystem based research to better understand and demonstrate the efficacy of these practices in restoring ecosystems. Third Millennium Alliance is dedicated to expanding the practice and research of Agroecology over the coming years with assistance from partner organizations and institutions.

Agroecology in Practice in the Jama Coaque Reserve

  1. Permaculture Design ( Food Forests,Appropriate Technology, Organic Gardening)

  2. Agroforestry (Sloped Agricultural Land Technology, Polycultural Production Systems, Shade Grown Coffee and Cacao, Sustainable Timber Production, Silvopasture)

  3. Community Agroecology (Sustenance Gardens, Extension Education, Agroforestry Implementation, Community Nurseries)

  4. Agroecology Research (Climate Sensor Data Collection in Production Zones, Chemical and Physical Soil Analysis, Socio-Economic Data Collection, Agricultural Producer Practices and Ethnographies)

 

Agroecology Courses and Offerings

  • 2 week Permaculture Design Certificate Course

  • 1 week Permaculture Teacher’s Certificate Course

  • 3 day intensive in Geographic Information Systems and GPS

  • 6 month Agroecology and Agroforestry Apprenticeship

What is Agroecology?

The study and application of ecological principles to the design and management of sustainable agroecosystems.

A whole-systems approach to agriculture and food systems development based on traditional knowledge, alternative agriculture, and local food system experiences.

Linking ecology, culture, economics, and society to sustain agricultural production, healthy environments, and viable food and farming communities.

- Stephen R. Gliessman, Alfred E. Heller Professor of Agroecology, UC Santa Cruz