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Scholarships

Moringa For Life Growers and Educators Certification Course

 

Scholarships

We are happy to be able to offer these scholarships.  Our first year of courses, we awarded 10 scholarships.  This provides the opportunity for participation that might not otherwise be possible. The scholarship covers the course only.  There are additional charges for lunch and for the course workbook which totals $70.00.

 

Non-Profit:

One full scholarship is awarded to non-profits for each course session.  The organizations who apply are those who have their own vision for Moringa and plan to stay with the program through certification.  The course completion is only one part of that certification process (See below for the full requirements for each certificate).  The attendee shall be a principle from the organization or farmer who will be certified.  Priority will be given to those organizations with a current Moringa project or plans for one.   The additional charge of $70.00 for lunch and course workbook shall be paid when the participant accepts the scholarship.

Students:

Two 50% Scholarships will be awarded to students who qualify.  They must be currently in a study, research or farm project.  The areas of study would be in the areas of: Soil Biology, Environmental work, Agriculture, Urban Farming, Farm Education, Nutrition, or other related subject areas. The additional charge of $70.00 for lunch and course workbook shall be paid when the student accepts the scholarship.

 


 

Scholarship Application 

Answer the following questions and email us at: info@moringaforlife.com

Name:

Address:

Phone #:

Email:

1.  If applying for Non-Profit Scholarship, what is your current title/position in your non-profit?

2.  If applying for a Student Scholarship, what is your current institution and field of study?

3.  Are you currently working with a Moringa project?  If so, tell us about it. Explain what kind of assistance you need.

4.  Please tell us in your own words how you found out about Moringa and your plans   to utilize the course information for you Moringa path.

5.  Please check____ if you could not attend without the financial assistance the scholarship provides.

6.  Indicate which Certificate you are interested in.  You can list multiple if it applies.

7.  Which course session are you able to attend?

Thank you for your interest in our Moringa Certification Program

 


 

Certification Requirements

Moringa Grower’s Certification Program

Requirements:

  1. Complete the Moringa Grower’s Certification Program, 5 -Day Intensive
  2. Conduct a Moringa Growing Project implementing permaculture and soil science principles.
  3. Produce Moringa samples that are then tested in  a US Microbiology laboratory.

Once the Lab test shows that The Moringa is pathogen and mold free and exhibits the characteristic color, smell and taste, The Moringa Quality Assurance Certificate is awarded.

Moringa Educators Program:

Requirements:

1.Complete  the Moringa Grower’s Certification 5 – Day Intensive.

2.Conduct two Moringa Presentations using the Moringa Power Point from the Moringa Course adding your own slides from Moringa projects

Once completed and verified, the Moringa Educators Certificate is awarded.

Moringa Corps

Requirements:

1.Complete both of the Moringa Growers Certification Courses, San Diego location and tropical location

2.Be willing to travel to remote areas to help set  up Moringa Farms, work on Moringa certified grower’s Moringa projects

3.Be willing to travel to inner-city areas to set up Urban Gardens, assist in the Moringa Growers Intensives.

Once you have completed any combination of two projects, the Moringa Corps Certificate is awarded.

 

Moringa Certified Trainers Program

Requirements:

1.Complete The Moringa Growers Certification 5 – Day Intensive, San Diego location and the tropical belt.

  1. Apprentice conducting both trainings.
  2. Demonstrate growing Moringa using the principles of the course.  This does not have to be your own farm.  It could be from apprenticing on the Moringa For Life Farm or other Moringa project.
  3. Produce a final Moringa Leaf Powder for testing

Have training and/or experience in one of the following: Permaculture, Soil Science, Intentional Communities, Work in Rural/Farm, Restorative agriculture, or the like.

Once these requirements are met, the Moringa Certified Trainers Certificate is awarded.

Tours and Events

How to Plant Moringa Class and Farm Tour  2017

Learn how to be successful planting Moringa for your home use.  We share our 18 years of experience with you so you can benefit from having your own fresh Moringa.

Location:  2210 East Vista Way #9.  Vista, CA  92084

Each participant will take home the Moringa tree they plant.

Moringa Refreshments.

Cost: $40.00

Price: $40.00

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Classes

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How to Plant Moringa Classes and Farm Tours 2017 have not been scheduled. Make sure you’re on our email list to be notified

Learn how to be successful planting Moringa for your home use.  We share our 18 years of experience with you so you can benefit from having your own fresh Moringa.

Location:  2210 East Vista Way #9.  Vista, CA  92084

We will meet at the Moringa For Life shop and carpool to the Moringa Demonstration Farm.

Each participant will take home the Moringa tree they plant.

Moringa Refreshments will be offered.

 

Soil Health: Hot Compost and Microscope Class

As part of our Moringa Grower’s Certification Course, we teach  Hot Compost/Compost Tea and Microscope use.  These methods are according to the world renowned soil scientist, Dr. Elaine Ingham.  Her main associate, Loida Vasquez, will teach both classes. This day is open to the public.  We had so much interest in the Microscope class last year, we had to close the class so please register early.  You do not have to have a microscope to participate but if you have one, definitely bring it. Space is limited.  Join us as we explore the incredible world of soil, and learn how to heal the Earth.
The day entails:

Hot Compost Workshop – Understanding the method, build a hot compost pile, make compost tea. Learn to take a soil sample.  These samples will be looked at in the afternoon Microscope class.

Moringa Lunch – Enjoy a nourishing Moringa meal with a refreshing Moringa beverage.

Microscope Workshop – Set up Microscope, Prepare samples, work with spreadsheet counts, navigate sample and identify micro organisms. Advanced microscope students: email us to sign up for the Microscope Practice class.TBA.

Hot Compost/Compost Tea

checking the compost temp

checking the compost temp

Learn the method of Dr. Elaine Ingham to create Hot Compost soil amendments that restore the health of the soil.  This class will include choosing which types of Compost to use, different types of starting materials, temperatures required, turning regimes, aeration and will include monitoring of bacteria, fungi, protozoa, nematodes, and micro arthropods. Learn how to select the proper fungal: bacterial ratios that will give your plants the exact biology they need to thrive.

Actively Aerated Compost Tea (AACT) is one of the most efficient methods for bringing back microbe diversity. This allows you to eliminate inorganic fertilizers and herbicides which decrease diversity and degrade soil health. You will learn how to set up Actively Aerated Compost Tea. You will learn about controlling conditions such that beneficial organisms will win the day, not disease or pest organisms.  The source of the beneficial organisms is the compost, by definition an aerobic material.  If it is hard to apply compost on your property, then consider whether a liquid form of that compost would be easier.

Learn Microscopy

Learn how to operate the microscope to obtain the best resolution of life in the soil in order to identify the creatures being assessed. Identification of each group of organisms, including beneficial and pathogen morphology, will be covered. A microscope template to convert the concentration of organisms into biomass will be given to each participant (bring laptop). We will analyze the compost tea brewed on-site to learn what constitutes good compost and compost tea on a microscopic level. This day is essential for anyone who wishes to gain “eyes on” knowledge of the soil universe and what really goes on under our feet. Get the necessary training to identify the bacteria, fungi, protozoa, and nematodes that drive the health and well being of our plants.  We will cover the processes that will maximize biological diversity to get the most bang for your buck and are the most efficient methods for bringing back microbe diversity. This allows you to eliminate inorganic fertilizers and herbicides which decrease diversity and degrade soil health. You will learn how to identify microbes with a microscope and count them using a spreadsheet.

We will meet at the Moringa For Life office and carpool the short distance to the farm.

 

Cost $100.00

Vista CA, 92084

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Certification Course

Moringa Family!

Moringa Family!

 2017 Season

Location:        Moringa For Life Certification Farm

Fallbrook  CA

Cost:                $550.00 due upon registration

Moringa snacks, beverages and lunch are included

Moringa Certification Course Session 1

Price: $550.00 1

September 3rd – September 7th

Moringa Certification Course Session 2

Price: $550.00 1

October 4rd – October 8th

Over the last 19 years I have worked out the problem issues of growing Moringa in Southern California, producing premium grade Moringa. I have created a program to certify those who wish to learn my methods.  This Program is also for those who want to be Moringa Educators.  While learning what is involved with growing Moringa, the curriculum also covers everything you need to know to represent Moringa to the world of those seeking health and nutritional benefits from this powerful plant.  This Moringa Protocol is necessary around the world to ensure that all producers of Moringa understand the specific requirements at all stages of farm production that need to be implemented for the outcome of high grade, pathogen and mold free Moringa.

Of utmost importance, is the work to create the soil quality.  As I have said hundreds of times, “If it’s not in the soil, it’s not in the plant”.  This is one of the most important points in growing any food plant.  Each plant has the uptake from the soil that is is capable of.  However, if the specific nutrients are not found in the soil, there is no uptake and subsequently, that nutrient is not in the end food product.

Soil alone does not create a whole Eco system.  Understanding and creating the bigger picture is also essential.  Permaculture – Permanent agriculture, is also a part of the essential whole.

I am not a supporter of sustainable farming.  I am a supporter of Restorative farming.  I do not see how we can possibly sustain what we have created on this planet thus far.  I do not want to see this level of pollution to our water, air, and soil sustained.  We must look for how we can Repair and Restore our rivers, prairies, wetlands, forests, and planet Earth to the pristine condition that is the birthright of every living thing here.

Moringa is one plant that offers healing in so many areas of life.  It has the potential to repair and restore much of what has been damaged in our soil, water and living beings of all types.  I want to draw those together who are interested in this mission and create through our common creative work to make of this world a garden as it once was.

The work will also cover beekeeping, composting, vermiculture, product making, foods, herbal preparations, branding, the work of Dr. Weston Price,  Moringa vision quest in our Moringa Healing Circle and co-creating with nature.

Certification Requirements

Moringa For Life  Growers and Educators Certification Requirements:

  1. Complete the Moringa Growers and Educators Certification Program, 5 -Day Intensive
  2. Conduct a Moringa Growing Project implementing permaculture and soil science principles.
  3. Produce Moringa samples that are then tested in  a US Microbiology laboratory.

Once the Lab test shows that The Moringa is pathogen and mold free and exhibits the characteristic color, smell and taste, The Moringa Quality Assurance Certificate is awarded.

Moringa Educators Certification Requirements:

1.Complete  the Moringa Growers and Educators Certification 5 – Day Intensive.

2.Conduct two Moringa Presentations using the Moringa Power Point from the Moringa Course adding your own slides from Moringa projects

Once completed and verified, the Moringa Educators Certificate is awarded.

Moringa For Life Corps Certification Requirements:

1.Complete both of the Moringa Growers and Educators Certification Courses, San Diego location and tropical location

2.Be willing to travel to remote areas to help set  up Moringa Farms, work on Moringa certified grower’s Moringa projects

3.Be willing to travel to inner-city areas to set up Urban Gardens, assist in the Moringa Growers Intensives.

Once you have completed any combination of two projects, the Moringa Corps Certificate is awarded.

Moringa For Life  Certified Trainers Program Requirements:

1.Complete The Moringa Growers and Educators Certification 5 – Day Intensive, San Diego location and the tropical belt.

  1. Apprentice conducting both trainings.
  2. Demonstrate growing Moringa using the principles of the course.  This does not have to be your own farm.  It could be from apprenticing on the Moringa For Life Farm or other Moringa project.
  3. Produce a final Moringa Leaf Powder for testing

Have training and/or experience in one of the following: Permaculture, Soil Science, Intentional Communities, Work in Rural/Farm, Restorative agriculture, or the like.

Once these requirements are met, the Moringa For Life Certified Trainers Certificate is awarded.

 

Who should attend?

Anyone working with Moringa who wants to produce the best quality premium Moringa.

Anyone working in agriculture who wants to start growing Moringa

Anyone who promotes Moringa and needs to know as much as you can to answer the thousands of questions people have.

Anyone wishing to assist others in their Moringa projects.

Scholarships

for more information follow this link:

http://moringaforlife.com/moringa-education/certification-course/scholarships/

Non-Profit:

Two full scholarships are awarded to non-profits for each course.  The organizations who apply are those who have their own vision for Moringa and plan to stay with the program through certification.  The course completion is only one part of that certification process (See below for the full requirements for each certificate).  The attendee shall be a principle from the organization or farmer who will be certified.  Priority will be given to those organizations with a current Moringa project or plans for one.

Students:

Two 50% Scholarships will be awarded to students who qualify.  They must be currently in a study, research or farm project.  The areas of study would be in the areas of: Soil Biology, Environmental work, Agriculture, Urban Farming, Farm Education, Nutrition, or other related subject areas.

 

What you can expect to learn

  • The Moringa Protocol
  • Soil Building and pest/pathogen management
  • Traditional Growing Practices
  • Harvesting Moringa
  • Drying Moringa
  • Field Management
  • Nutritional Impacts of Modern Processed Foods
  • Product Development – Value added Products for your market
  • FDA Labeling
  • Permaculture Principles
  • Vermiculture


Once registered, a list of suggested reading in preparation for this intensive, list of places to stay and pre-course questionnaire will be emailed.

We are so excited for this next venture!  This is such important work for the Moringa world.  Please pass the word along, and email us with any questions.

Follow the link to see photos from last seasons courses:

http://moringaforlife.com/photo-gallery/

*Moringa Growers Certification Program for the Tropics:  We are in search for a location in the tropical belt to conduct Moringa Growers Certification Course. Moringa should already be growing there and it should be on a main destination route.

*Please contact us if you have trouble registering

Info@MoringaforLife.com

(760)806-2669

Moringa Education

Mariko holding the three year old Moringa roots!

Mariko holding the three year old Moringa roots!

I have been growing Moringa and making products for 18 years.  In this time I have learned a wealth of information about how to best grow, harvest and process Moringa for the highest quality product.  Along the way many Moringa trees gave their lives. This learning curve is no longer necessary for everyone to go through and many Moringa tress lives will be spared if you can learn from my experience.  I also have solved thousands of issues for myself and others who needed help.  This is why there is so much useful information on my website.  I want everyone to be successful growing Moringa.

I began teaching the How to Grow Moringa Classes years ago to give people hands on experience.  The classes are conducted our Moringa Demonstration Farm or at one of our local growers.  This way, it is easy to see what to do. Seeing Moringa growing in the ground sparks many questions and so these classes offer a chance to learn more than just how to plant a seed.  We also serve Moringa drinks and foods so the versatility of Moringa can also be experienced.

About 4 years ago, I was skyping with someone who had been searching the internet for a Moringa source for his clients’ company.  He bought many samples and had them tested.  He traveled to Ghana where he had heard there were many Moringa farmers.  He collected Moringa samples there and tested them.  After more than 15 Moringa samples were tested, he found that none of them were fit for human consumption. We were both alarmed by this outcome.  I realized I had to do something.   That is when I decided to create the Moringa Growers and Educators Certification Course.  It was not only important to teach growers, but also to teach educators. When I began looking at all the new Moringa businesses on the internet, I found so many sites with claims that were not true or had not been tested.  This happened because the end customer does not know what the product should look like, taste like or smell like.  For many, Moringa is a new and exotic plant.

It is important  for the consumer to learn more about Moringa.  This way,the Moringa on the market that is of very low quality will drop away.

The Moringa Growers and Educators Certification Course is an intensive and is for anyone who wants to learn as much as they can about Moringa.  Some will go on to become one of our growers.  Some will become Moringa Educators who will then teach others. Some will become Moringa advocates or activists. But everyone will know how to tell the best Moringa products from lesser ones.  This knowledge and the demand of the consumer for this quality, will improve the Moringa World.

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