The Rancho Farming System, located in Homogenize, Nicaragua, is an 80 acre farm where an integrated, sustainable rural development strategy has been progressing with the following work components for over 20 years
The Rancho Farming methods have been specifically adapted to the Mountainous region of Northern Nicaragua near Honduras. This region is home to a half million farmers living in extreme poverty. Rancho System and its beneficiaries work to promote, appropriate and apply generosity, and solidarity that serves the most vulnerable members of the community including women, children, youth, the elderly, and displaced indigenous groups.
The purpose of the Rancho System is to empower rural villagers to solve their most pressing food and environmental problems, while creating a sense of community. Using methods created at The Rancho System, educates villagers on how they can emerge from poverty and hunger by using the few natural resources available to them. Implementing the Rancho method in their villages allows the locals to produce food for their animals, children, and themselves, using only 1/10 of an acre of land.
The System educates villagers to grow vegetables using suspended tire carcasses like hanging baskets filled with rich compost; irrigating by hand provides a much needed variety of wholesome produce during long dry spell. Rancho teaches the importance of raising small farm animals such as goats, sheep and rabbits, and the villagers are taught to build elevated animal pens to capture the livestock waste. The waste is then transported to feed worms raised in large earthen pits. The earthworms then produce an organic fertilizer known as Humus, in the short period of 6-8 weeks, as well as serve as a source of food to feed chickens.