A big part of what we do here at La Confluencia is centered around the farm. Since our inception, we have utilized the biointensive method developed by John Jeavons to grow food for our own consumption, as well as for neighbors and guests at the lodge. You are encouraged to explore our gardens during your visit and enjoy the fresh, seasonal produce that they yield. Those who would like to learn more about the biointensive method and other self-sufficient living practices can request a guided tour, or join one of our upcoming workshops.
THE BIOINTENSIVE METHOD
Biointensive farming is an innovative agricultural method that aims to maximize food production while minimizing resource consumption and environmental impact. It involves intensive cultivation on small plots of land, utilizing techniques designed to enhance soil fertility and increase water efficiency. This approach promotes biodiversity and natural pest control, eliminating the need for synthetic fertilizers and pesticides. Biointensive farming aims to create sustainable and resilient farming systems that prioritize soil health, ecological balance, and long-term food security.
Every year, we host several hands-on workshops where you can learn more about our self-sufficient living and organic farming practices, which are centered around the biointensive method. You can join one of our upcoming workshops or request a private workshop for your own group. No previous experience is required to participate.
Dates for the upcoming 2023-2024 season will be posted as soon as they become available.
Please check back soon or contact us with any questions.
10:00AM: Arrival at La Confluencia
10:30AM-2:00PM: Guided tour of the lodge and grounds, highlighting sustainable construction techniques and off-grid systems
3:30-6:00PM: Introduction to the biointensive method; Preparing a plot and use of tools
6:00-7:00PM: Introduction to CIESA; Use of pesticides
9:00-11:00AM: Introduction to composting
11:00AM-1:00PM: Sowing seasonal seeds
2:30-5:30PM: Fertilizing the soil and planting techniques
5:30-7:00PM: Designing a garden using the principles of the biointensive method
9:00AM-1:00PM: In-depth garden tour with expert tips on how to grow each crop; Harvesting and conservation techniques
2:30-6:00PM: Organic solutions for pest control; Tips for storing seeds
9:00AM-1:00PM: Introduction to the macrobiotic diet
2:30-6:00PM: Fermentation, preserves and tinctures
6:00-6:30PM: Closing and departure
Download the itinerary from our latest course for more detailed information on workshop content.
Please keep in mind that the itinerary for each workshop may vary depending on weather and other factors. Workshops for private groups can be adapted to your specific needs and interests. Please get in touch with us for further information or with any questions.