Agriculture, Food, Nutrition

Ecology Action of the Mid Peninsula

aka Ecology Action

Willits, CA

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

1971

Principal Officer

Mr. John Jeavons

Main Address

5798 Ridgewood Rd

Willits, CA 95490 USA

Keywords

Farming, Small-scale, High-yielding, Resource-conserving, Biologically-intensive, Biointensive, GROW BIOINTENSIVE, Sustainable, Mini-Farming

EIN

94-1733299

 Number

5075289534

Cause Area (NTEE Code)

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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Our programs

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International Outreach & Extension

Domestic Training/Outreach

Research Publications / Material Revisions

Where we work

Our Results

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Number of people trained

TOTALS BY YEAR
Population(s) served

No target populations selected

Related program

International Outreach & Extension

Type of Metric

Context - describing the issue we work on

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context notes

2019 Eight Month Interns http://www.growbiointensive.org/Internship/8Month.html

Number of briefings or presentations held

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Population(s) served

No target populations selected

Type of Metric

Outcome - describing the effects on people or issues

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context notes

"Food for the Future" at Soil Not Oil Conference. Seed Library Summit at the National Heirloom Exposition.

Number of academic scholarships awarded

TOTALS BY YEAR
Population(s) served

No target populations selected

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

TOTALS BY YEAR
Population(s) served

No target populations selected

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context notes

Spring and Fall Three Day Workshops

Charting Impact

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What is the organization aiming to accomplish?

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What are the organization's capabilities for doing this?

How will they know if they are making progress?

What have they accomplished so far and what's next?

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.

We teach, then collaborate with interns, workshop participants, training partners and researchers to gather data from their projects around the world. We compare annual data such as harvest yields, water and compost utilization and person hours invested in order to determine how well we have improved household food security and nutrition as well as income.

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.

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Board Leadership Practices

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BOARD ORIENTATION & EDUCATION

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No

CEO OVERSIGHT

Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year?

No

ETHICS & 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

Who works and leads organizations that serve our diverse communities? This organization has voluntarily shared information to answer this important question and to support sector-wide learning. GuideStar partnered on this section with CHANGE Philanthropy and Equity in the Center.

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Disability

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Equity Strategies

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Data

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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

done
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.