A milestone in Himalayan Institute Community Center history has been achieved! For the first time, a major training course was organized and taught completely by local staff.

In December 2010, nine more students graduated from the second round of Himalayan Institute Mexico’s (HIM) Sustainable Agriculture Training program, which was taught for the first time in June 2010. HIM’s local staff members—Ariszandy Calderón Diaz, Energy Farming program leader, and Geovanni Beristain, general manager—successfully carried out the month-long course, implementing changes based on the experience of the first training.

“After less than one year of working in Jonotla, our local staff has already demonstrated their ability to conduct all major operations on their own,” said John Daskovsky, HIM’s country director. “We’re incredibly proud of this accomplishment and are excited for all of the expansion that is planned for 2011!”

At the end of the training, Ariszandy reflected, “The students were very enthusiastic, attentive, and participative. In general, the students were very thankful to the Institute for the opportunity to learn, so that in the future, as agronomists and personally, they will be prepared to have success in organic, sustainable agriculture.”