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Eco Ola Project: A Model For Modern Agroecological Farming

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Sustainable agriculture is the practice of farming using principles of ecology, the study of relationships between organisms and their environment. Eco Ola is a farm located near Iquitos, Peru at the headwaters of the Amazon River that uses permaculture to produce food. Eco Ola’s mission is to break the cycle of resource depletion and poverty plaguing the Peruvian Amazon through the implementation of permaculture in conjunction with the local communities. The destructive cycle starts with logging; uncontrolled slash and burn; followed by cattle grazing; then abandonment of the land for newly exploited areas. Towards this goal they have developed a polyculture system that includes a myriad of community staples such as yuca, bananas, and beans; regional crops: cocona, camote, peppers, achiote, and lemon grass; and the export crops sacha inchi and cacao.  This diversity of crops mitigates yield and market risks while restoring degraded land and building community self reliance. Eco Ola understands the importance of proving that agroecological farming systems work and provide a real alternative to industrial farming. All of their design work is geared toward scalability and the inclusion of additional communities to turn the negative feedback cycles into positive ones. A key facet of this is providing people with access to healthy foods that are truly sustainable. Consumer choice can only be an agent of change when real alternatives are made available and people can make informed buying decisions.    
Tune in to this segment of The Organic View Radio Show, as host, June Stoyer is joined by special guest, the founder of Eco Ola, William Park, to talk about what it takes to create a truly sustainable farm while maintaining harmony with the community. Stay tuned!