Event Schedule

Tuesday, October 3
6:30 am - 8:00 am 6:30 am
8:00 am - 8:35 am 8:00 am
Siriphum Hall
  • Andy Bell (Speaker) Salam Training & Consulting
8:50 am - 9:00 am 8:50 am
9:00 am - 9:45 am 9:00 am
Siriphum Hall
  • Karen Stoufer (Speaker) Director of Training and Asia Area Director, Christian Veterinary Mission (CVM)

One of our most important roles as we work in rural communities is to train others so that knowledge and skills can be effectively passed on and learning continue. Top down, university-style lectures seldom incite passion in the learner in the sam...

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10:15 am - 11:00 am 10:15 am
Siriphum Hall
  • Tom Thompson (Speaker) Associate Dean and Director of International Programs College of Agriculture and Life Sciences and Professor of Agronomy, Virginia Tech University

Soils of smallholder farmers are often depleted of organic matter and available soil nutrients, and may also be acidic and/or saline. We will review the causes and extent of these soil-related challenges in the developing world. A variety of possi...

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11:10 am - 11:55 am 11:10 am
Siriphum Hall
  • Laval Yau (Speaker) Business for Transformation (B4T)

In a country where 30% of the population livez under the poverty line, how does one help bring about sustainable livelihood as well as spiritual, social, and environmental changes? One business at a time. This workshop will unveil the work that ha...

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12:00 pm - 1:30 pm 12:00 pm
1:30 pm - 2:30 pm 1:30 pm
Siriphum Hall
  • Laval Yau (Speaker) Business for Transformation (B4T)

This workshop will be a presentation of work done at PMA (Pathein Myaungmya Sgaw Kayin Baptist Association) and the Kingdom impact observed to date.

1:30 pm - 2:30 pm 1:30 pm
Wachirathan Hall (2nd Floor)
  • Ozzie Abaye (Speaker) Professor of Agronomy, Virginia Tech

Seeds are one of the important factors influencing yield potential. Crop seeds contain all the genetic information to determine yield potential, adaptation to environmental conditions, and resistance to insect pests and disease. Good seed quality ...

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1:30 pm - 2:30 pm 1:30 pm
Chiang Dao Room

This workshop will explore the methods and benefits of vegetable grafting, specifically for tomato, pepper, and eggplants. Plant propagation is the ability to multiply plant numbers while preserving plant characteristics or develop better characte...

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1:30 pm - 2:30 pm 1:30 pm
Huay Hong Krai Room
  • Tom Thompson (Speaker) Associate Dean and Director of International Programs College of Agriculture and Life Sciences and Professor of Agronomy, Virginia Tech University

Smallholder farmers in the developing world face many challenges; a number of these are soil-related. As soil quality is critical for agricultural development, understanding how to manage and improve soil fertility are the tools for success. This ...

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1:30 pm - 2:30 pm 1:30 pm
Huay Nam Rin Room
  • Saw Hei Moo (Speaker) Chairperson, Christian Social Service and Development Department (CSSDD) of the Myanmar Baptist Convention (MBC)

Since 2007, there have been more than 1,000 farmers from many parts of Myanmar that have attended the Sustainable Agriculture Training Center to participate in several trainings of agriculture and livestock basic knowledge. After the trainings, mo...

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1:30 pm - 2:30 pm 1:30 pm
Outdoor Sala
  • Zach Price (Speaker) Specialty Coffee Association

In this workshop, participants will learn some of the basics of coffee harvesting, handling, and processing. The aim of the workshop is to help impart some basic knowledge that participants can then use to help increase coffee quality, with a visi...

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1:30 pm - 2:30 pm 1:30 pm
Siriphum 2

There are many appropriate building technologies available. How environmentally friendly are they? Earthquake resistant? Typhoon resistant? How can we introduce new materials to a traditional construction culture? Why would we want to produce our ...

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3:00 pm - 4:00 pm 3:00 pm
Siriphum Hall
  • Karen Stoufer (Speaker) Director of Training and Asia Area Director, Christian Veterinary Mission (CVM)

In this workshop, we will have an opportunity to use the principles taught in the plenary and put them into practice by applying them to our work. Each participant should bring a small (10—15 minute) lesson design that they would normally us...

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3:00 pm - 4:00 pm 3:00 pm
Wachirathan Hall (2nd Floor)

Healthy soil is very important in order to grow healthy plants. In this workshop, I will share about some of ARI’s techniques in order to improve soil.

3:00 pm - 4:00 pm 3:00 pm
Chiang Dao Room

A common feature of remote villages is a lack of income-generating opportunities that force young people to migrate to the cities for employment. This results in communities dominated by the young and the old, a decline in the social and cultural ...

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3:00 pm - 4:00 pm 3:00 pm
Huay Nam Rin Room

There are many appropriate building technologies available. How environmentally friendly are they? Earthquake resistant? Typhoon resistant? How can we introduce new materials to a traditional construction culture? Why would we want to produce our ...

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3:00 pm - 4:00 pm 3:00 pm
Huay Hong Krai Room

In this workshop, I will describe and diagram the common sloping land corn and rice farming system. I will then identify leverage points within the system and how development workers can work with farmers to make these systems more sustainable.

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3:00 pm - 4:00 pm 3:00 pm
Outdoor Sala

The final and most dynamic process in the coffees journey from tree to consumer is roasting. Roasting simple consist of heating a coffee seed from room temperature to over 200*C can be done a number of different ways and produce a whole range of d...

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3:00 pm - 4:00 pm 3:00 pm
Siriphum 2

In this workshop, he will talk about his small backyard urban garden and his experiments with integrating egg-laying chickens into the system on multiple levels. Faced with the economic reality of it being cheaper to buy eggs than produce them him...

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4:00 pm - 4:30 pm 4:00 pm

Throughout the event, we will have coffee breaks and designated times for a resource fair to allow participants to connect with various resources and vendors that might be useful for your work. They will be located out in the vestibule of the main...

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4:30 pm - 6:00 pm 4:30 pm
Siriphum Hall

This session will provide those conference attendees who’ve submitted a poster abstract, to share and exchange information about their poster. Presenters will have approximately three minutes to discuss their poster and one minute to receive...

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6:00 pm - 7:30 pm 6:00 pm

Throughout the event, we will have coffee breaks and designated times for a resource fair to allow participants to connect with various resources and vendors that might be useful for your work. They will be located out in the vestibule of the main...

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Wednesday, October 4
6:30 am - 8:00 am 6:30 am
8:00 am - 8:35 am 8:00 am
Siriphum Hall
8:50 am - 9:00 am 8:50 am
Siriphum Hall
9:00 am - 9:45 am 9:00 am
Siriphum Hall
  • Ozzie Abaye (Speaker) Professor of Agronomy, Virginia Tech

The goal of silage preservation is the conversion of moist, chopped forage with a short storage life to preserved forage that can be fed to livestock as needed. Most legume and grass crops can be ensiled successfully. The key to good silage manage...

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10:15 am - 11:00 am 10:15 am
Siriphum Hall

This session will look at the “best practices” of learning to learn from others and their experiences. In a world full of “techno-diddies,” as development workers, we often overlook the local knowledge and wisdom source of ...

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11:10 am - 11:55 am 11:10 am
Siriphum Hall

These days, many outstanding and special characteristics of local seeds, such as pest and disease resistance, have slowly become extinct, but people are not aware of it. Increasingly, farmers are buying their seeds from vendors instead of saving t...

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12:00 pm - 1:30 pm 12:00 pm
1:30 pm - 2:30 pm 1:30 pm
Siriphum Hall
  • Ozzie Abaye (Speaker) Professor of Agronomy, Virginia Tech

The goal of silage preservation is the conversion of moist, chopped forage with a short storage life to preserved forage that can be fed to livestock as needed. Most legume and grass crops can be ensiled successfully. The key to good silage manage...

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1:30 pm - 2:30 pm 1:30 pm
Wachirathan Hall (2nd Floor)
  • Karen Stoufer (Speaker) Director of Training and Asia Area Director, Christian Veterinary Mission (CVM)

In many cultures, women can be viewed as second-class citizens or treated as property. However, in this workshop, Karen will share stories and discuss how working together in groups has contributed to the transformation of women and communities in...

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1:30 pm - 1:30 pm 1:30 pm
Chiang Dao Room
  • Patricia Donovan (Speaker) Geographic Information Systems (GIS) Specialist, Virginia Tech, USA

As mobile technologies improve and expand rapidly into rural areas, several types of applications have been developed to help farmers access up-to-date agricultural information, banking and lending platforms, and increase efficiencies in the agric...

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1:30 pm - 2:30 pm 1:30 pm
Huay Hong Krai Room

Meet a couple of accidental entrepreneurs who love a good challenge, especially the kind that can benefit a community. Melanie and U Khine started a local company named Lilypad in 2006. Their projects include filters, compressed earth blocks, Mori...

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1:30 pm - 2:30 pm 1:30 pm
Huay Nam Rin Room

This is an opportunity to meet the speaker and ask any questions you might have that were raised during the plenary session.

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1:30 pm - 2:30 pm 1:30 pm
Outdoor Sala

The diversity of seeds we have today will vanish if we do not know how to keep them properly. Improper seed keeping will result in extinction and it will impact human beings, especially their food security. This workshop will explore the basics of...

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1:30 pm - 2:30 pm 1:30 pm
Siriphum 2

Pakistan’s agriculture sector is a key pillar of the national economy; however, continuous decline has been observed in the production and income of small farmers. The complex agriculture system, market norms and practices, socio-economic, a...

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2:30 pm - 3:00 pm 2:30 pm

Throughout the event, we will have coffee breaks and designated times for a resource fair to allow participants to connect with various resources and vendors that might be useful for your work. They will be located out in the vestibule of the main...

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3:00 pm - 4:00 pm 3:00 pm
Siriphum Hall

This session will briefly define the process of community development. What are some things we need to consider as we enter, implement, and then exit? How do we ensure community involvement and ownership from beginning to end? Come and share your ...

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3:00 pm - 4:00 pm 3:00 pm
Wachirathan Hall (2nd Floor)
  • Laval Yau (Speaker) Business for Transformation (B4T)

This workshop will be on Kingdom impact in general, looking at the issues and barriers to success.

3:00 pm - 4:00 pm 3:00 pm
Chiang Dao Room
  • Tom Thompson (Speaker) Associate Dean and Director of International Programs College of Agriculture and Life Sciences and Professor of Agronomy, Virginia Tech University

It is often a problem in tropical soils farmed by smallholders that the soil is nutrient-depleted and acidic, costing the farmer more money and yielding less valuable crops. In an attempt to overcome this, Dr. Tom will discuss different ways of ev...

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3:00 pm - 4:00 pm 3:00 pm
Huay Hong Krai Room
  • Andy Bell (Speaker) Salam Training & Consulting

In 1998, ECHO USA mailed six chaya stalks to Indonesia. Today, a conservatively estimated 10,000 households across Indonesia are benefiting from this ‘Mayan Superfood.” Come hear about an indigenous grower-to-grower movement and how it...

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3:00 pm - 4:00 pm 3:00 pm
Huay Nam Rin Room

The central component of The Vetiver System is Vetiver Grass (Chrysopogon zizanioides), a sterile, non-invasive tropical bunchgrass. It is used throughout the tropics in a wide-range of applications including erosion control, degraded land remedia...

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3:00 pm - 4:00 pm 3:00 pm
Outdoor Sala

Seeds are the most significant agricultural input factor. Smart farmers must know how to select and harvest the seeds that are adaptable to the environment in a particular area and their production requirement characteristics. Each vegetable has c...

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3:00 pm - 4:00 pm 3:00 pm
Siriphum 2

Why is local food important? We will discuss a few topics related to local food: 1) Right now, local food is a trend that includes a focus on super foods, clean food, and supplements. 2) Local food touches on food sovereignty. Do we have a choice ...

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4:00 pm - 4:30 pm 4:00 pm

Throughout the event, we will have coffee breaks and designated times for a resource fair to allow participants to connect with various resources and vendors that might be useful for your work. They will be located out in the vestibule of the main...

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4:30 pm - 6:00 pm 4:30 pm
Siriphum Hall

This late afternoon session is an informal time for participants to host a table and showcase their work via brochures, publications, artifacts, tools, etc.

This is a free event in addition to the paid resource fair and will only be available for ...

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Thursday, October 5
6:30 am - 8:30 am 6:30 am
8:00 am - 8:35 am 8:00 am
Siriphum Hall
  • Jae Hak Ahn (Speaker) Korean Christian Life Giving Agriculture Forum (KKCLGAF)
8:35 am - 8:50 am 8:35 am

Throughout the event, we will have coffee breaks and designated times for a resource fair to allow participants to connect with various resources and vendors that might be useful for your work. They will be located out in the vestibule of the main...

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9:00 am - 9:45 am 9:00 am
Siriphum Hall

Coffee is one of the most traded commodities in the world. The coffee industry in Myanmar, however, was relegated to low-quality domestic use until recent years. With seemingly simple but effective harvesting and processing methods, the cupping qu...

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10:15 am - 11:00 am 10:15 am
Siriphum Hall

We produce food with a healthy relationship with nature. However, on March 11, 2011, an earthquake occured in Northeast Japan and the resulting sunami killed more than 18,000 people and it also crippled a nuclear power plant. As the nuclear plant ...

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11:10 am - 11:55 am 11:10 am
Siriphum Hall

Home garden interventions are one of few agricultural interventions with a proven effect on nutritional outcomes and potentially contribute to 8 of the 17 Sustainable Development Goals. Despite a recent surge in interest, there remains a lack of k...

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12:00 pm - 1:30 pm 12:00 pm
1:30 pm - 2:30 pm 1:30 pm
Siriphum Hall

Let us try to make organic fertilizers with local resources. What you need is all around you. In this workshop, we will try to help you minimize the use of resources coming from outside of your country, especially as they relate to fertility in ag...

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1:30 pm - 2:30 pm 1:30 pm
Wachirathan Hall (2nd Floor)

This workshop will explore how to research and implement small value-chains in order to help develop small agribusiness.

1:30 pm - 2:30 pm 1:30 pm
Chiang Dao Room
  • David Crist (Speaker) Community Development Trainer/Consultant, CHE

As we seek to introduce new crops and innovative methods to poor farmers, there are key factors that will increase the likelihood of their adoption, continued use, and interest among a growing number of farmers. Being aware of these key factors ca...

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1:30 pm - 2:30 pm 1:30 pm
Huay Hong Krai Room

The Sloping Agriculture Land Technologies (SALT) were developed in the Philippines more than 30 years ago. They were developed with local farmers incorporating some key principles for farming the uplands in the humid tropics such as soil erosion c...

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1:30 pm - 2:30 pm 1:30 pm
Huay Nam Rin Room

In July 2014, I started planting trees at the Green Garden, located in the northeast area of Thailand, which is known to have very dry summers. This food forest was started on bare ground. To prepare the soil, it was covered with compost rice stra...

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1:30 pm - 2:30 pm 1:30 pm
Outdoor Sala
  • Ruth Tshin (Speaker) Monitoring & Evaluation Officer, Sulawesi Economic Development Strategy Project, Humber Institute of Technology & Advanced Learning

Perennial vegetables are often overlooked in nutrition approaches but present significant opportunities for fighting poverty, hunger, and malnutrition, as well as to make farming systems more resilient to climate change. This workshop will draw on...

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1:30 pm - 2:30 pm 1:30 pm
Siriphum 2
  • Doy Nacpil (Speaker) President, FDN AgriEco Center

This workshop will look at indigenous microbial fermented feeds as an alternative to our expensive foreign/imported GMO corn-soy based feed ration for our native animals (chicken and swine). Experiments on microbial fermentation on indigenous plan...

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2:30 pm - 3:00 pm 2:30 pm

Throughout the event, we will have coffee breaks and designated times for a resource fair to allow participants to connect with various resources and vendors that might be useful for your work. They will be located out in the vestibule of the main...

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3:00 pm - 4:00 pm 3:00 pm
Siriphum Hall

The goal of impact evaluation is to assess changes in people’s well-being that can be attributed to project interventions. Impact evaluation is important to learn as an organization in order to distinguish between what has worked well and wh...

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3:00 pm - 4:00 pm 3:00 pm
Wachirathan Hall (2nd Floor)

This presentation is a summary version of the information provided during the Mae Mut Garden workshops minus the practical aspect. We aim to show that natural building is a very easy technique to learn and requires no special skills, as well as ha...

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3:00 pm - 4:00 pm 3:00 pm
Chiang Dao Room

This workshop will explore biochar and how Warm Heart has been researching, experimenting, creating, and promoting biochar in northern Thailand and some of the lessons learned through the years.

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3:00 pm - 4:00 pm 3:00 pm
Huay Hong Krai Room

This workshop will provide the opportunity to learn basic coffee cupping skills, evaluating some of the coffee that was submitted by participants prior to arrival and coffee that was roasted on-site during the prior workshops. Sign-up required.

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3:00 pm - 4:00 pm 3:00 pm
3:00 pm - 4:00 pm 3:00 pm
Outdoor Sala

A solar water pump (solar pump) uses a photovoltaic system to provide power to pump water. There is a lot of interest in its use for agriculture and solar module costs are decreasing significantly. However, there are still many types of pumps used...

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3:00 pm - 4:00 pm 3:00 pm
Siriphum 2
  • Jae Hak Ahn (Speaker) Korean Christian Life Giving Agriculture Forum (KKCLGAF)

This workshop will look at the role the rural church has played in Korea as it relates to integrating agriculture and faith together in rural livelihoods.

4:00 pm - 4:30 pm 4:00 pm

Throughout the event, we will have coffee breaks and designated times for a resource fair to allow participants to connect with various resources and vendors that might be useful for your work. They will be located out in the vestibule of the main...

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4:30 pm - 5:30 pm 4:30 pm
Wachirathan Hall (2nd Floor)

Many of you have already registered for a particular seed bundle when you registered for the conference. If you haven’t you will be able to choose your seed bundles at the conference registration table or participate in this seed swap.

If yo...

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6:00 pm - 7:15 pm 6:00 pm
Siriphum Hall
7:15 pm - 8:30 pm 7:15 pm
Siriphum Hall

Closing Worship

Announcements

Evaluations

Closing Thoughts

Seed Bundles Distributions

Friday, October 6
8:00 am - 12:00 pm 8:00 am
Maejo University Natural Farming Research and Development Center

Located on the outskirts of Maejo University, the Center is currently engaged in three different activities, which are Smart Organic Farming, Vermicomposting (worm composting), and IFOAM (International Federation of Organic Agriculture Movements)-...

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8:00 am - 5:00 pm 8:00 am
Mae Tha Sufficiency and Sustainable Community (Full Day)

This visit will include tours of family farms in a small, lovely valley to the southeast of Chiang Mai. This farming cooperative of several hundred families is a leader in northern Thailand related to natural farming practices designed to revitali...

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8:00 am - 5:00 pm 8:00 am
Pang Daeng Nai

Hilltribe farmers in the Pang Daeng Nai community (Chiang Dao district) have relay cropped green manure cover crops in field corn in their permanent hill fields for almost 35 years. Participants will visit fields in which lablab bean, rice bean, b...

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8:00 am - 5:00 pm 8:00 am
Suan Lahu Coffee Farm

As a producer of organic highland coffee, Suan Lahu strives to bring the intricate culture of the Lahu people into the growing, processing, and slow-roasting of one of the best Arabica coffees in the region. Driven by the desire to see organic far...

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8:00 am - 5:00 pm 8:00 am
Pun Pun Center

The Pun Pun Center for Self Reliance is a small organic farm and learning center in northern Thailand that practices sustainable living through seed saving, natural building, and appropriate technology. During this site visit, participants will se...

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8:00 am - 12:00 pm 8:00 am
Nam Cham Community & Organic Farm

This tour will include visits to a small organic vegetable farm and an agritourism-based farm run by local community members in San Kampaeng. This community seeks to remind its neighbors that farming and agriculture related professions are admirab...

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8:00 am - 12:00 pm 8:00 am
Small Scale Urban Backyard

Participants on this site visit will see how a small backyard in a peri-urban setting can utilize sustainable agriculture practices to help increase self-reliance and create clean, healthy food. This tour will demonstrate chicken rearing that util...

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8:00 am - 12:00 pm 8:00 am
Maejo University Renewable Energy Center (Half-Day)

Built in 2016-2017, the Maejo University Renewable Energy Center focuses on research and demonstration in four different areas: ORC (Organic Rankine Cycle), Wind Turbines, Solar Ovens, and Biogas Digesters. The Rankine Cycle is an idealized thermo...

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