Sustainable Agriculture Placement
Organic farming is increasingly being seen as the best way to produce fresh fruit and vegetables around the world. By avoiding the use of synthetic pesticides, herbicides and fertilizers, conventional agriculture can reduce its carbon footprint, become more sustainable and provide communities with better, more nutritious food.
As a Sustainable Agriculture volunteer, you’ll have a crucial role in the upkeep of a local garden and greenhouse that provides fruit and vegetables for people in need. To uphold traditional Romanian agricultural practices, you’ll help to plant a variety of local seeds, utilize homemade solar panels, create eggshell powder and use wood ash to add nutrients back into the soil, as well as collect rain water to sustain the garden.
The specific tasks you’ll undertake will depend on the time of year. You can help a range of areas including planting, harvesting vegetables, cultivating flowers, composting and other maintenance work. It’s important you’re prepared to help out where the need is greatest at the time as this is how tasks are assigned. The project is closed from November to February, as the winter temperatures are too cold for meaningful volunteer work.
You’re encouraged to use innovation and sustainable practices to try out new techniques. As an example, previous volunteers have created an active composting system, installed a drip irrigation system and built a solar panel using recycled cans.
While you’re volunteering, you may also be able to spend time with other community causes, including local conservation-focused NGOs, in their efforts toward environmental preservation. This can include hay meadow mowing, river clean-ups as well as monitoring and protecting endangered flora and fauna. This kind of work usually comes in the form of one-off events, which the local team can facilitate with you.