Organic Farming in El Salvador with a Peace Corps Agriculture Volunteer


When it was time to start focusing more on my thesis, I knew I wanted to move towards looking at organic farming, and so I started with focusing on the use of worms through vermaculture. [Spanish dialogue] So, he’s saying that this one’s pregnant, so it’s got the egg in it. So, these are the worms. These are California Redworms, and so, they produce really rapidly here, and they’re the ones that eat all of this manure, and they can throw in dry leaves and stuff also, and…yeah. So, that’s them! This is a vermaculture system where basically he’s put in — Don Alejandro has put in some cow manure, and… [Spanish dialogue] And horse manure as well, and as you can see, there’s eggshells, and there’s rinds from oranges, and carrots, and just things from the kitchen. And so all of the worms just kind of eat all of that up. And, usually depending on the, on the size of your system, will depend the time it takes for it to, to eat all of this stuff to make it into a fertilizer. Si. So, there’s a lemon tree that you can see over here, and it’s one of the trees that they have actually applied the liquid fertilizer to, and you can see the how big the lemons and how much fruit this tree is bearing right now.

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