Agriculture Regenerative Tropical - Farm-school in Itápolis - SP - Brazil
WHAT IS ART??
ART: Agriculture Regenerative Tropical
In Brotherhood with Trees = gentle agroforestry
Return of the Trees … into the fields, arranged in strips
Easy to manage, even with agriculture machinery
Regenerative Fertilizers are:
- RCW = ramial chipped wood;
- DGM = dense green manure;
- BLH = broad-leaf-herbs (beneficial herbs).
To enhance Water Residency
- Minor losses through evaporation
- Greater Water Holding Capacity of Soils
- Wind-shading Agroforestry strips.
PRACTICAL ISSUES OF ART
Agroforestry Organism: 7 issues
= management for full soil fertility.
= inhibition of tropical grasses.
= integrated pest management.
= natural healthy crops management.
= sparing water management.
= healthy, mineralized, vitalized food.
= training: young talents for agriculture
The organism is back on stage (Goethe)
Why focus on Trees for hot regions?
Correspondence: ruminants & planetary trees
New strategy, similar benefits, more resilient.
Carbon: the great sculptor, carrier of all life.
Vitality of landscapes, of agriculture within it!
Tropics is a place to learn
- Agriculture of Tomorrow ... heat resistant!
- Emergency agriculture and food supply (water sparing skills)
MUTUALISM IN AGRICULTURE
Tropical forests as stage for purest mutualism and cooperation (every species helps others).
- Small animals communities mutual support.
- Rudolf Steiner: "Mutual help and not struggle (for survival) is the main factor of evolution”.
- Remarkable Mutualism has evolved tropical forests as a place where life grows 'together'.
- Cooperation & Networking in tropical forests, inspires ART = Polyculture in crops.
- ART is researching new combinations of companion plants & beneficial weeds.
- To maintain food-security, we need more creativity
- How can we learn from the tropics? Acquire a new doing?
- Tropics as landscape laboratory for a world of tomorrow
- ART offer's creative solutions that bring us through the challenges.
- Agriculture needs time, can’t change that quickly!
= Let’s start training programs in due time.
ANTHROPOSOPHY & Goethean Scientific View
- Windbreak Forest Strips & Landscape design.
- Photosynthesis & protection of transpiration.
- Invisible wind: must be controlled, conducted.
- Saving Water for crops, trees and cattle.
- Planetary influences: Trees on the fields.
- rising healthy and productive crops.
- Planetary spheres: creative design on differentiated landscapes. No schedule.
COOPERATION IN RESEARCH & COURSES
- ART as an open source of innovations
- Partnership allows new research & development, supports the open source.
- Be the rain too! Irrigating our work with your donation.
- Together we regenerate a better future.
- ART can provide lectures, courses and a training program.
- The evolutionary work of Lynn Margulis, which rises to Symbiogenesis as a stronger evolutionary process than natural selection. Symbiogenesis= emergence of the new by the symbiosis of two or more organisms.
- The Anthroposophy developed by Rudolf Steiner, which brings us a regenerability with spirituality, as in his evolutionary vision for PEACE, praising the cooperation between living beings as a major evolutionary vector.
- Goethe’s scientific view, that reveals the landscapes as a living and unique organism, helps us to understand the specific needs of each one. Every landscape, a different management.
- The intuitive and practical experience of Ernst Goetsch, creator of a special type of agroforest, the so called “Agrofloresta”. That is, the first phase of his work, done in Bahia, by de-savannization.
- The researchers of IAC / IAPAR / EPAGRI offering variety of options of green manuring and biomass production.
- The indigenous tradition that insists on the known consortia (pumpkin, corn, beans, manioc), is inspiring new polycultures within horti-fruti crops (cooperative companion plants). It is up to the broad leaf spontaneous herbs to fill the biological voidness.
Manfred von Osterroht
Manfred has always worked in production and courses. Co-author of the ART method, he cultivates an innovative look at skilfull process technologies that can regenerate landscapes. His experience in tropical soils, archetypical botany, with Brazilian Biomes and Agroforestry, bring an evolutive approach to his work. With an organic look, that he learned from Goethe's Scientific View, he maintains focus on degraded landscapes. He wants to regenerate and produce!
Henrique, hailing from Itápolis, is a technology enthusiast. He began his undergraduate studies in Electrical Engineering but soon discovered his true calling in Analysis and Systems Development. Currently, he plays a crucial role in the administrative and financial aspects of the project, actively manages the website, Facebook, and Instagram, and captures photos and videos to document the journey of the farm.
Farmer and tractor driver, with experience in slaughterhouse and home electrification, as well as irrigation and planting systems.
Born in Alagoas, Lai came to
the Itápolis region at the it of age 18, living and working throughout the region for many, many years:
he worked with several crops, broiler chicken, fruit growing, horticulture and in a seedling nursery. He went through countless valuable experiences before finding our project, risking his luck in regenerative agriculture.
Antônio is an agronomist, he has worked extensively with R&D and is now dedicated to consulting in organic agriculture and strategic planning, with experience in project management. His specialization in soil management and a master's degree in agroecology and rural development help a lot in raising questions for new lines of research, here at Sítio-Escola ART.
Board of Directors
Sueli is a business administrator, graduated in Social Work,
at PUC/SP. She has worked in a retail bank for a long time, and shared experiences in social movements in neighborhoods. She is interested in contributing to initiatives that open perspectives to small producers, combining ecological and economic sustainability and family farming, producing with quality and fair price.
Having graduated in administration and hotel management with a postgraduate degree in HR, this individual worked in the management of socio-environmental projects. They also obtained qualifications in Permaculture, Biodynamic Agriculture, and Syntropic Agriculture.
Notable experiences include managing projects such as Amazônia Brasil and Projeto Saúde e Alegria, as well as serving as the coordinator for management and resource mobilization at the 5 Elementos Institute for education and sustainability.
With specializations in caregiving, biopsychology, vibrational therapies, and consciousness studies, they are currently involved in promoting and facilitating the coordination of agroecological collectives in the Serra da Mantiqueira region.
Lucas holds a degree in Design from Mackenzie Presbyterian University and a degree in Social Sciences from UNESP/SP. Throughout his journey, he dedicated himself to social activism in peripheral neighborhoods of São Paulo. Starting in 2018, he began teaching at Waldorf schools. Today, he works at the Waldorf Moara School in Brasília as a Pedagogical Assistant.
Psychologist, Facilitator, and Social Project Manager, specialized in various learning and human development methodologies, with Anthroposophy and Theory U guiding her practices.
She assists Social Organizations in redesigning their processes and creates territorial mappings and diagnoses for large companies, helping them rethink their business strategies.
Geographer / PUC-SP
A geographer who graduated from PUC-SP 20 years ago, Edu is passionate about territories, indigenous peoples and Brazilian landscapes. As he works with education and teacher training, he pays special attention to human issues. More recently, he became an organic producer of fruits, vegetables and spices & medicinals, here in Itápolis.