SUSTAINABLE AGRICULTURE OUTREACH IN A MARGINALIZED FARMING VILLAGE IN SOUTHERN CHILE: OBSERVATIONS FROM A RURAL SOCIOLOGIST

Matthew J. Mariola

Abstract


I briefly describe the creation of a demonstration garden and several workshops given on ecological gardening techniques in a small, marginalized agrarian community in southern Chile, as part of a larger rural sociological research project. Community response to the garden and workshops suggested a paradox: villagers were eager for lessons on ecological gardening and composting, despite being agriculturalists for many generations. I offer three observations from the point of view of a rural sociologist that speak to this paradox. I close with a commentary on the political and structural roots of the community’s impoverishment and the implications for extension agents working with marginalized agricultural communities worldwide.


Keywords


Chile, demonstration garden, foliar sprays, indigenous knowledge, mulch; sustainable agriculture

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