The Model Farm Initiative at NEED demonstrates sustainable livelihood opportunities for local communities and enables NEED to share knowledge with engaged citizens about sustainable agriculture, renewable energy and other ecological techniques.
NEED staff and students cultivate vegetables, fish and rice on two pieces of land (approximately 6 rai), called Model Farm Initiative 1 and Model Farm Initiative 2 (MFI 1 & 2).
The land fe model farm initiatives suffered from over forty years of monoculture rice cultivation and heavy use of agro-chemical fertilizers and pesticides. NEED staff and students use soil amendment strategies such as composting and integrated ecological design techniques to restore nutrients to the soil.
Read more about our model farm activities, including natural mud brick building, seed saving, nursery, and livestock breeding.
NEED follows many permaculture principles and is implementing an integrated ecological design on its two farm sites.
To learn more about why NEED practices sustainable agriculture techniques, click here.