July 09, 2017 00:00 - December 08, 2017 00:00
Youth With a Mission Center, Uganda.

The course provides a learner charged environment where students wrestle with and find applicable answers to the life issues of hunger, malnutrition, food insecurity, poverty and environmental degradation. Students engage in learning how cultural beliefs, broken relationships, non-sustainable agriculture practices and a lack of understanding contribute significantly to these global issues. Students are equipped with knowledge and fundamental agriculture and community development skills to impact the lives of multiple people groups from rural farmers to urbanites.

The course presents a Biblical grid for agriculture, aims to restore the value and dignity of the farmer, and brings value to the vocation of farming.

Students learn practical, restorative and sustainable agriculture, food production and community development skills equipping them to address these very issues and bring hope for the future.

Natural and organic practices are presented and promoted. Students learn soil rebuilding techniques, appropriate plant choices, varying natural food producing methods with application and appropriate integrations. Studies include, fundamentals of soil health, plant nutrition and natural pest and disease management, agro-forestry, permaculture, bee keeping, human nutrition, natural medicines, business and leadership development, and animal agriculture all within the context of people centered community development. Instructors are qualified experienced practitioners who bring their expertise to the classroom and participants.

The 22 week course provides both personal and team learning experience. Classroom teaching integrates with practicals and implementation of the methods taught. Participants develop their own food growing plots, experience growing field crops, take part in caring for a livestock enterprise, and practice environmental stewardship. Additionally, incorporated weekly throughout the school, staff led student teams work in selected collaborative communities. Here, students get hands-on experience in supervised community development application providing opportunity to implement and multiply learned principles and practices. Community Collaboration participation includes weekly planning, prayer, and strategy for multiplying learned views, principles and practices. The learning process is strengthened by weekly debriefing, processing, and coaching of the team experiences in the collaborating communities.