1. Description of Our Team
Biodynamic Agriculture, or known as Biodynamic Farming is founded by an Australian Philosopher, Rudolf Joseph Lorenz Steiner, in 1924. During that time, this was the first modern farming in the world where it emphasizes the holistic development and interrelationships of the soil, plants and animal as a self-sustaining system. Like Biodynamic agriculture, it is a farming method that is all-natural.
2. Summary of Our Project
Our target area is in Maryknoll Ecological Sanctuary, because of their project on promoting Biodynamic farming in the city and on nearby municipalities. They promote this method by teaching people on how to plant healthy, fresh and beautiful vegetables even without touches of chemicals like artificial fertilizers and pesticides. Along with manure, they use shredded paper soaked in water, weeds to be used as compost, and leftovers from kitchen such as roasted egg shells and ash to remove the stench. Fish remnants and sugar for fertilizers. Our world is slowly dying, and one factor of this are the chemicals produced every day. Wouldn’t it be better if it’s all-natural? It’s simple but greener and healthier to our mother earth. Our purpose in doing this is to promote this farming method to all the nations to give Biodynamic farming importance and it will be appreciated so that our generation and the next generations to come will use this method. For Biodynamic farming understands that the earth is a living organism in the vast cosmos, embraces a broad cosmological perspective, and uses preparations to enrich and heal the earth. Biodynamic calls for new thinking in every aspect of the food system, from how land is owned to how farms are capitalized to how food is produced, distributed and prepared.
3. Our Computer and Internet Access
A. Percentage of students using the Internet at home:more than 50%
B. Number of workstations with Internet access in the classroom:more than 6
C. Connection speed used in the classroom:dedicated connection
D. Number of years our classroom has been connected to the Internet:2-3
4. Problems We Had To Overcome
The biggest problem that we had to overcome was the conflicts in our schedule. We had different plans and we were unable to set a date for us to make our project narrative. We overcame this by budgeting the days left and by making a group schedule that we should follow.
5. Our Project Sound Bite
Gardening is an active participation with the universe.
6. How did your activities and research for this Doors to Diplomacy Project support standards, required coursework and curriculum standards?
It supported the course of an agriculturist. What new skills did students learn? Students learned to farm naturally. What group concepts did you practice? We practiced the concept of using organic materials for farming instead of using chemicals because it is safer. How do you better understand diplomacy and international issues? We understand diplomacy and international issues like our category, because our world is experiencing crisis and environmental problems such as Climate Change and Global Warming at times, it can be experienced anytime. Nations must unite and work together. Our topic involves ideas as going from chemical to all-natural. We believe that through promoting this project we can better have a remedy in solving social issues involving the reduced use of chemicals that make our world a wasteland.