Ma’ete, mbaraete nhemonguetá tekoá Mbya kuery – Biodynamic agriculture as a pedagogy geared towards the Mbya Guarani communities
Recanto da Folha Community Association
Taquari – SC
Biodynamic agriculture, functional nutrition and intercultural management of solid waste and agroforestry systems form the basis of this project carried out in the villages of Guapoy and Yvy Poti, located in the municipality of Barra do Ribeiro, Rio Grande do Sul. The goal is the decontamination of soils through the use of biodynamic preparations, which strengthens the cultivation of food, facilitates access to species of traditional medicine in native forests and promotes food and nutritional security for indigenous communities. The project directly benefits the population of about 250 people from both villages, however it also impacts approximately another 1,000 people, including indigenous people who live in the other 12 villages in the Center-South region of the state, as well as students of the Environmental Management course at the State University of Rio Grande do Sul – UERGS. Due to the pandemic, virtual learning environments have also been used, which brought greater participation of speakers and workshops, making it possible to reach other Brazilian states and increase the number of hours planned for activities.
– Revitalize the villages’ soil by use of biodynamic preparations in the two Mbya Guarani villages.
– Reinvigorate village environments for reproduction and the return of local fauna and flora.
– Create intercultural strategies for solid waste management in the two villages.
– Expand health conditions through access to traditional medicinal species and healthy food.
– Creation of three new groups of CSA (Communities that Sustain Agriculture).
– Soil preparation with biodynamics and the subsequent planting of 380 seedlings of native trees, including pioneers (aroeira brava, grumixama, jaborandi) and fruit trees (banana trees, pitangueiras, lychee). In addition, 180 seedlings of Non-Conventional Food Plants (PANC), teas, vegetables and spices.
– Significant improvements in the soil, in terms of drainage, absorption of spontaneous minerals and control of invasive species.
– Installation of a mini waste separation center in the two villages, preceded by an orientation conversation with the Guarani monitors on the importance of correct waste separation.