Located in the municipality of Nilo Peçanha, Bahia, the Agroforestry Family House (CFAF) is established as a Civil Society Organization, and is also recognized by the Ministry of Justice as a Civil Society Organization of Public Interest.
A high school integrated with a forestry technician course, CFAF is approved by the Ministry of Education. Created in 2005, the institution is also part of the UNESCO Associated Schools Network, and includes contents directly connected to the UN Social Development Goals (SDGs) on its curriculum.
CFAF receives young people aged between 14 and 19 who have completed their basic education, the sons and daughters of family farmers, resident in the rural zone of the Southern Bahia Lowlands, and have a vocation to continue living and being entrepreneurs in the countryside. At this school, the groups learn topics such as beekeeping, honey extraction processes, and growing plants using hydroponic systems (without using soil).
The educational model selected by the institution is rotation education, in which the students spend one week as boarders at the school, with practical and theoretical classes, and two weeks on their properties, applying what they have learned, and sharing knowledge with their families and communities.
In 2018, CFAF was a finalist in the SDG Brazil Award, and was also selected by Criança Esperança, a Globo Network social program, to receive a grant in 2019.
In the municipality of Taperoá, in the rural zone of the Southern Bahia Lowlands, Daniel de Jesus is achieving success with the vegetables he is growing. Alongside his grandmother and uncles, he plants lettuce, his main crop, cilantro, arugula and green onions. In addition, he has Productive-Educational Projects – for which he receives supplies and technical guidance from CFAF to establish cocoa, bananas, and a vegetable garden, and to raise poultry. Looking to innovate the way of producing, the student established a hydroponic system on his property and has now started to grow vegetables without using soil. Encouraged by the CFAF educators, the student has started to advertise his product using social networks, showing an increasing number of people what he has learned at school. “At the moment, I see myself as a rural entrepreneur. I want to make a living at my property with my family unit. And I want to introduce technology into my area,” he comments.