Ecology Action of the Mid Peninsula

aka Ecology Action   |   Willits, CA   |  www.growbiointensive.org

Mission

Helping people worldwide to better feed themselves while building soil and conserving resources.

Notes from the nonprofit

Initiating training in South Sudan, establishing GROW BIOINTENSIVE program in Senegal and expanding our presence in Latin America.

Ruling year info

1971

Principal Officer

Mr. John Jeavons

Main address

5798 Ridgewood Rd

Willits, CA 95490 USA

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EIN

94-1733299

NTEE code info

Other Food, Agriculture, and Nutrition N.E.C. (K99)

Community Improvement, Capacity Building N.E.C. (S99)

Specialized Education Institutions/Schools for Visually or Hearing Impaired, Learning Disabled (B28)

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Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

GROW BIOINTENSIVE is a sophisticated, low-tech based on scientific principles, a time-tested way to make compost and grow food, and has the ability to empower large populations of rural poor by securing their food sovereignty, while improving their soils and helping to lower the impact of climate change by sequestering carbon. GROW BIOINTENSIVE mini-farming builds soil 60 times faster than in nature, while producing high yields, and requiring just 33% the water, 0-50% the purchased fertilizers and 6% the energy per pound of food produced compared with conventional farming. This method is now being used successfully in 152 countries in virtually all climates and soils where food is grown. Ecology Action’s primary mission is to spread GB practices and principles as far and wide as possible. We have many international partners, and act as a hub for funding, technical support, research, and dissemination of information.

Our programs

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

International Outreach & Extension

In today’s world it is hard to separate out “foreign and domestic.” In every sector we must come to terms with the fact that we function as a global society and the slogan “Think Globally, Act Locally” has never been more relevant. Decreasing global food surplus supplies are going to mean decreasing ability to import food where it is needed and will also result in escalating food prices and social tensions worldwide. Listed below in the long-term successes are our initiatives for empowering local populations to ensure greater health and peace in the world by learning to feed themselves locally with a simple, sustainable Biointensive Mini-Farming, which will also regenerate essential topsoil.

Population(s) Served

Annually EAMP provides six-month internships, nine- to twelve-month special internships, three-year apprenticeships, two three-day introductory workshops and four one-day tours. Key EAMP accomplishments have been: The presenting of an International Biointensive conference at the Univ. of Calif.-Davis in 2000 to over 235 participants from 14 countries. In 2009, John Jeavons made teaching trips to Oregon (Southern Oregon State University), North Carolina, and M.U.M. (Maharishi University of Management) in Fairfield, Iowa. The public engagement campaign launched in 2008, called the RenewAll Garden Project, for localization of food production continues to gain momentum with expansion of the resource and networking website (www.RenewAllGardenProject.net(http://www.RenewAllGardenProject.net) ).  In 2010 we will be making online videos available for effectively meeting the rapidly growing demand for basic skills in biointensive mini-farming.  EAMP continues to strengthen collaborations between East and West coast colleges and universities with programs in sustainable agriculture. Currently, a Mini-Ag test station and training program is in place at MUM.

Population(s) Served

EAMP provides an extensive selection of books, booklets and articles for providing people with the knowledge needed to begin sustainably producing their food locally with minimal space and resources, while rebuilding fertile topsoil. It is because of these publications that the method is now being used in 141 countries. EAMP continues to enhance this valuable knowledge base with new publications, the most recent of which is Booklet 33: Grow Your Own Grains. Translations of key publications currently exist in Spanish, French, German, Russian, Hindi, Arabic, and more. Updating and revising publications to reflect our most current research findings and expanding the translation offerings is ongoing. We have started placing our 40 Self-Teaching booklets and other publications online as ePubs.

Population(s) Served

Where we work

Our results

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

How does this organization measure their results? It's a hard question but an important one.

Number of people trained

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Related Program

International Outreach & Extension

Type of Metric

Context - describing the issue we work on

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Eight Month Internship http://www.growbiointensive.org/Internship/8Month.html

Number of briefings or presentations held

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Type of Metric

Outcome - describing the effects on people or issues

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

2020:Local presentations: Library, schools, church, Latino Coalition, radio interview 2019:"Food for the Future" at Soil Not Oil Conference. Seed Library Summit at the National Heirloom Exposition.

Number of academic scholarships awarded

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Related Program

Domestic Training/Outreach

Type of Metric

Input - describing resources we use

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Five Eight Month Interns were awarded scholarships when returning home to help catalyze their plans designed at Ecology Action.

Number of training workshops

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

2020: Seed saving workshop; Spring and Fall Three Day Workshops

Our Sustainable Development Goals

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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Goals & Strategy

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Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

Our goal is to equip individuals and organizations with the information, skills and inspiration that enable them to take the next step in sustainable food production. We remain the core of this expanding global network, finding ways to make crops grow well in non-optimal soil and climatic conditions at our Research Mini-Farm/Garden, providing technical expertise, acting as an information bank, maintaining quality assurance of the GROW BIOINTENSIVE system, and catalyzing new projects as opportunities arise.

Education and training are the keys. Publications based on our research are disseminated globally. We give trainings in the GROW BIOINTENSIVE method all the way from the basic level up to the training of trainers. Our publications and trainings have inspired demonstration and teaching projects in Mexico, Kenya, Argentina, Ecuador, Russia and Uzbekistan, with other trainers in place in the U.S. and around the world. As a result, millions of people have learned new techniques and have been taught to grow a nourishing diet for themselves while protecting the Earth's fragile resources.

Ecology Action provides "how-to" publications and training for GROW BIOINTENSIVE practitioners and projects throughout the United States, Mexico, Kenya, Russia, India, the Philippines, and in over 100 other countries, increasing the number of skilled GROW BIOINTENSIVE teachers. EA also researches complete economic, nutritional, resource, environmental and soil sustainability, increasing the number of highly productive, resource-conserving, low-capital-input, cost-effective small farms using diverse cropping patterns.
In addition to collaborating with independent U.S. and international regional centers, Ecology Action has also provided assistance and taught classes at university programs including ones at Stanford University, the University of California-Davis, and the University of Arizona. The GROW BIOINTENSIVE method is being used to develop urban and rural community projects, serving as models for individuals, organizations and communities to establish sustainable GROW BIOINTENSIVE mini-farms.

Accomplishments:

In many projects we have been able to achieve up to a 200 - 400% increase in caloric production per unit of area, 67 - 88% reduction in water consumption per unit of production, 30 to 100% increase in soil fertility while productivity increases and resource use decreases, a 50% reduction in the amount of purchased fertilizer required per unit of production, a 99% reduction in the amount of energy used per unit of production, a 100% increase in income per unit of area.

We have the intention of establishing at least one GROW BIOINTENSIVE demonstration site in every country of the world in order to provide access to this knowledge. We are interested in expanding in Africa and Asia, especially in Himalayan communities.

Financials

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Ecology Action of the Mid Peninsula

Board of directors
as of 3/30/2021
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board co-chair

John Jeavons

Ecology Action


Board co-chair

Matt Drewno

Ecology Action-Victory Gardens for Peace

John Beeby

Cornell University; HarvestMore

John Jeavons

Executive Director, Ecology Action

Craig Siska

Alan Chadwick Living Library & Archive

Matt Drewno

Ecology Action

Olan Cox

Co-Proprietor Mendough Catering

Board leadership practices

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? No
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? No
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? No
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? No
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? No

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 03/30/2021

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Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
White/Caucasian/European
Gender identity
Male
Disability status
Person without a disability

Race & ethnicity

No data

Gender identity

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Sexual orientation

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Disability

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Equity strategies

Last updated: 02/18/2020

Policies and practices developed in partnership with Equity in the Center, a project that works to shift mindsets, practices, and systems within the social sector to increase racial equity. Learn more

Data
  • We have long-term strategic plans and measurable goals for creating a culture such that one’s race identity has no influence on how they fare within the organization.
Policies and processes
  • We engage everyone, from the board to staff levels of the organization, in race equity work and ensure that individuals understand their roles in creating culture such that one’s race identity has no influence on how they fare within the organization.