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The family that grows its own organic vegetables and fruits

The family that grows its own organic vegetables and fruits

The garden is located in El Pato, a town in Buenos Aires, and is owned by the Castillo family. It is a hectare and a half of land dedicated exclusively to the organic production of a wide variety of fruits and vegetables, and a perfect model of family farming that is committed to agroecology.

The family has the support of the Extension Project of the University of Buenos Aires called "Sustainable sanitary management in a transition towards agroecological production of flowers and vegetables", of which students and teachers of the Faculty of Agronomy of the UBA are part. who work in conjunction with Senasa, INTA and the Secretariat of Family Agriculture.

Agroecological production is an alternative to conventional tillage of the land, which seeks the application of ecological concepts and principles in agricultural ecosystems to achieve greater sustainability, both at the level of the crop and the local societies that produce it.

"The production system is based on the diversification of species, on not applying agrochemicals, selecting the plants that can help control pests, always leaving biological corridors that allow pests to survive there, and testing and selecting microorganisms that may be used for disease control ”, explained Eduardo Wright, professor of Plant Pathology at the Project.

In the beginning, the Castillo family used to fumigate the land with agrochemicals, until their handling began to damage the health of Bernardo, father of the family group. “I started getting very sick, until they had to operate on my gallbladder. Then I tried to fumigate with the chemicals that we always used and I almost died, ”he says while recalling those hours he spent in bed and visiting hospitals; until after a series of studies, the doctors diagnosed him with agrochemical poisoning.

The family has the support of the Extension Project of the University of Buenos Aires called “Sustainable sanitary management in a transition towards agroecological production of flowers and vegetables”, of which students and teachers from the Faculty of Agronomy of the UBA are part. who work in conjunction with Senasa, INTA and the Secretariat of Family Agriculture.

Agroecological production is an alternative to conventional tillage of the land, which seeks the application of ecological concepts and principles in agricultural ecosystems to achieve greater sustainability, both at the level of the crop and the local societies that produce it.

"The production system is based on the diversification of species, on not applying agrochemicals, selecting the plants that can help control pests, always leaving biological corridors that allow pests to survive there, and testing and selecting microorganisms that may be used for disease control ”, explained Eduardo Wright, professor of Plant Pathology at the Project.

In the beginning, the Castillo family used to fumigate the land with agrochemicals, until their handling began to damage the health of Bernardo, father of the family group. Then I tried to fumigate with the chemicals that we always used and I almost died, ”he says while recalling those hours he spent in bed and visiting hospitals; until after a series of studies, doctors diagnosed him with agrochemical poisoning.

By Marr Waiman

The Federal


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