The objective is to preserve and enhance the condition of the land in order to boost agricultural production that can improve family nutrition and increase family income by teaching sustainable agricultural methods - both ancient and modern.


Terraces The GYTTE staff teach villagers soil and water conservation techniques to help convert eroded hillsides into productive agricultural land. Some of the courses offered include:

  • Contour Terracing and land covers

  • Structures to prevent erosion and create more arable land

  • Drip irrigation techniques


Compost Agricultural production is improved by adding nutrients back into the soil. In the interest of environmental protection as well as using resources available to rural families, the GYTTE program teaches the use of organic fertilizers like green manure, livestock manure and compost.

Traditional composting as well as vermiculture (composting through the cultivation of worms) are some of the methods taught by the program.


Crop Families can earn additional income by selling produce from their increased agricultural production. Families also can save money by growing more of their own food though the use of multi-purpose trees and family gardens.

The technologies described in this pamphlet have been “field-tested” at an experimental farm maintained at the GYTTE Training Center in Tlancualpican, Mexico. This farm demonstrates the successful  implementation of these methods under similar restraints of climate, soil conditions and limited water resources as well as using the same local resources available to rural families.

Our goal is that through the witness of these successes and through the teaching of these technologies, rural people will be encouraged and empowered to improve the condition of their own lands and share this new-found knowledge within their communities and families.

Terraces Cultivation