Camposofia is established on the Samnyasin farm in the Mameyes neighborhood of Utuado as an economically accessible educational complement option. The initiative seeks to stimulate the repopulation and opportunities in the rural areas of the country, thus promoting food security and sovereignty since historically the mountain was one of the engines of production for the entire island. Camposofia approach is inspired by Waldorf education and Biodynamic agriculture. The project is promoted by Elsa Arenas, Veeta M. Muriel and Yanna M. Muriel with the fiscal sponsorship and support of the Alliance for Agriculture "www.allianceforagriculture.org".
The initiative consists of three elements: educational, agricultural and community. The program began in September 2019 and runs from 8:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., Monday through Friday. Participants will be organized into two groups: girls and boys garden and primary education group. Afternoons will be dedicated to agriculture and then to support workshops focused on the arts, music, construction and others. The workshop program is open to the entire community.
Later Camposofia will open and manage a Certified Community Kitchen: Tulsi, in order to meet the needs of farmers in the region. Initially 8 farming families will have access to the kitchen. Facilities will include refrigerated storage and food preparation and packaging equipment. This phase of the project is projected for the second half of 2020 and will have a direct impact on 25 people and indirectly on more than 100. In addition, Tulsi, in its restaurant format, will open on weekends to offer Indo-Caribbean lunch and dinner. A percentage of the proceeds will be available to ensure the sustainability of Camposofia. We invision that more farming families, with both conventional and ecological practices, will strengthen the project and contributing to the country's food sovereignty.
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Some of the families and founding groups:
Camp Tabonuco (family)
Finca Bikai (family)
Finca Pueblo Nuevo (family)
Finca Samnyasin (family)
Finca Tierra Valiente (family)
Masaje Natura (family)
Unitaria Común (family)
Elsa Arenas: Waldorf Garden Teacher and Principal
Linda Nuñez: Waldorf Garden Support Teacher
Sally Ortíz - Waldorf Elementary Support Teacher
Teacher - Waldorf Elementary Support Teacher - in recruitment
Yanna M. Muriel: coordinator and director
Veeta Mohan: administrator and director
Robert Wood Johnson Foundation
Empowered by Light
Resilient Power Puerto Rico
Antonio Tulla Torres School
Mameyes Bakery and Confectionery
Grow Where You Are
USDA Rural Development
Healing Pedagogy of Puerto Rico
Our purpose is to share the Samnyasin farm experience not only with visitors from distant places but also with our community. The Mameyes neighborhood in Utuado was once a neighborhood of farmers and successful businesses. At the moment it is a neighborhood that struggles to survive.
We offer the Samnyasin farm as a model to other farms on how to achieve ecological and sustainable agriculture and reap the fruits that nature offers us. For several years we have brought students from the communities and also students from abroad to work together and develop the skills necessary to maintain an ecological farm and enjoy the experience of the natural environment.
As part of our mission we have worked with Boricuá Ecological Agriculture Organization (a non-profit organization dedicated to promoting ecological farming as a way to benefit the community and preserve the environment in Puerto Rico), the University of Bowdoin and VisitRico. Together we have conducted numerous workshops and programs as opportunities for Utuado's youth to learn the principles of ecological farming and the importance of food sovereignty.