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ECOSITE: ORGANIC AGRICULTURE l ECOSITE: AGRICULTURA ORGÁNICA

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 • A group shot of the enthusiastic students on the Ecosite grounds where they work every day for a month.

• Foto grupal de los alumnos entusiasmados en el Ecosite donde trabajan todos los días durante un mes.

Two years ago, Cusco was devastated by harsh rainfall and sudden flooding of the Urubamba River. Unfortunately, one of our most promising eco-projects was severely damaged as the river swept away the grounds of the Ecosite Center for Agroecology Training. Thanks to the joint efforts of Machu Picchu Sanctuary Lodge, Perurail and the “Instituto Superior Tecnológico Vilcanota”, we are pleased to announce that the program was resumed last July.

Groups of students between the ages of 18 and 26, from communities such as Sicuani, Acomayo, Urubamba and Calca, enroll in the month-long program to learn how to produce organic vegetables. Aside from these classes, students are provided with a nutritious diet, housing during the course, and entertainment and access to sports facilities and weekend trips.

The on-site facilities, which include classrooms, organic vegetable gardens and greenhouses, have been renovated and are now blossoming with lettuce, zucchini, pumpkin, carrot, radish, tomato, beet, and aromatic herbs such as oregano, basil, parsley, cilantro, fennel and mint. Students, who are taught by an Agronomist and an Agricultural Technician, are given lessons on how to adapt the products to become hotel suppliers in the future, how to identify and treat insects and plagues, and how to make compost from organic residue. 

They also receive lectures on Training for Product Sales taught by the Machu Picchu Sanctuary Lodge team so they may easily enter the market in Cusco with their products. Further to this, the NGO Kallpa offers a lesson on Entrepreneurship to motivate students to innovate and generate goods and services in an ethical, creative and effective way. 

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• Los alumnos aprender a cultivar hierbas como el orégano.
• The students learn how to grow herbs such as oregano.

Grupos de estudiantes entre 18 y 26 años de comunidades tales como Sicuani, Acomayo, Urubamba y Calca se matricularon en el programa de un mes para aprender a producir vegetales orgánicos. Aparte de las clases, a los estudiantes se les brinda una dieta nutritiva, hospedaje y entretenimiento en forma de videos, instalaciones deportivas y paseos de fin de semana.

Las instalaciones, que incluyen aulas, jardines de vegetales orgánicos e invernaderos, han mejorado y ahora están floreciendo con lechuga, zapallito italiano, zapallo, zanahoria, rabanitos, tomate, beterraga, y hierbas aromáticas tales como orégano, albahaca, perejil, culantro, hinojo y menta. Un Ingeniero Agrónomo y un Técnico Agrícola enseñan a los estudiantes a adaptar los productos para convertirse en el futuro en proveedores de los hoteles, a identificar y controlar los insectos y las plagas, y a hacer abono de residuos orgánicos.

También tienen charlas sobre Comercialización, Costos y Presupuesto dictadas por el personal del Machu Picchu Sanctuary Lodge para que puedan entrar fácilmente al mercado de Cusco con sus productos. Además, la ONG Kallpa ofrece una charla sobre el manejo de una Microempresa para motivar a los estudiantes a innovar y a generar bienes y servicios de manera ética, creativa y eficaz.

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