Sustainable Agriculture and Human Rights: Northwest reflects
Northwest High School students share their impressions of El Salvador during the February elections observation delegation. Seventeen students and five teachers made the journey to accompany their sistering region UCRES during the first round of presidential elections.
January 30th was a theme day here in San Salvador, and our delegation broke up into two groups, one going to visit representatives of the Salvadorian LGBTQIA community, and the other touring two different farming cooperatives. I visited the farming cooperatives, where we learned about the movement to educate and modernize agriculture here in El Salvador.
At the first farm we visited, we spent around an hour touring the farm, learning about the different crops they grow there, and the environmentally friendly means by which they grow them. The main cooperative, CONFRAS, emphasizes pulling away from farming giants, genetically modified seeds, and crops that require (or typically seem to require) heavy use of pesticides to grow successfully. During our tour, we got to see the production process of all-natural fertilizer, tour rows of coconut trees, dig sweet potatoes straight from the ground, and tour the not-yet-finished sugar cane press, which will, when completed, juice the sugar cane, creating a healthier alternative to regular processed sugar. After this, we had the amazing opportunity of drinking coconut water straight from the coconut, followed by ojushte (breadnut) pancakes and horchata. Read More »