Kusi Ñan Organic Farm

Kusi Ñan is an Organic Farm project created by the graduates of the Kusi Kawsay Andean School.  Following the Kusi Kawsay education, the graduates were motivated to revitalize and reclaim their culture by contributing to their community as agents of change. A new road or a happy path, which in their native tongue of Quechua translates into “Kusi Ñan”, was created. Now in its fifth year, Kusi Ñan serves as a model for Climate Change adaptation and mitigation! The farm is also a community gathering space and provides a beautiful, healthy and safe space to conduct empowering workshops for children, youth and communities.

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About Kusi Ñan

In 2012, the first graduating class of Kusi Kawsay faced a tough challenge. In Peru, the discrimination and lack of financial resources determines the fate of many young people. The graduating class was confronted with this risk as well and the limited options possible were focused on a survival economy. Following the Kusi Kawsay education, the graduates were motivated to revitalize and reclaim their culture by contributing to their community as agents of change. A new road or a happy path, which in their native tongue of Quechua translates into “Kusi Ñan”, was created. The Kusi Ñan project of organic agriculture became a source of employment for the alumni and provided a creative solutions. Kusi Ñan grows organic healthy, nutritious foods with non-polluting products and thus they provide the school lunch for Kusi Kawsay and the alumni sell the local produce at the Sunday market. The Kusi Ñan project allows the graduates to remain in their district and community rather then having to migrate to the city for employment. Furthermore, the students are learning ancient Andean ways of farming and sharing these with their peers.

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Mission:

Kusi Ñan’s mission is to be efficient in and support rural agriculture through the wisdom of our ancestral Andean practices, which hold the solutions to ensuring global food security, tackling climate change and ensuring sustainability for a livable future.

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About the Land

The land of the Kusi Ñan Farm has been revitalized. The plot belongs to a Pisac family that lives in the city of Cusco. Because they could not tend to their land, it became the local garbage dumping ground. The families agreed that they would significantly lower the rent of land if Kusi Ñan cleans it up, implement an irrigation system and maintain the property. The first months, the alumni spent cleaning and revitalizing the entire space. The community was so used to tossing their garbage onto this property that it took some time to reverse this behavior. Once the land was cared for, the irrigation system was put into place and the soil was replaced, the planting began. Using ancient Andean knowledge of agriculture and local seeds along with being trained, mentored and facilitated by farmers of the community, growing healthy nutritious organic food finally took root.

Today Kusi Ñan is a fully flourishing farm serving their nutritious and organic produce to locals and restaurants in Pisac, around the Sacred Valley and in Cusco.  The Farm is autonomously ran by youth with mentoring and guidance from the Kusi Kawsay Association.

 

 

OUR PARTNERSHIPS

We are incredibly excited about the growth and potential of Kusi Ñan.

The farm project is supported by EMpower and Enactus Ryerson University.

EMpower / The Emerging Markets Foundation is a global philanthropy focused on at-risk youth in emerging market countries. With a world-wide community of supporters, we strategically invest in vital, local organizations who work to empower youth.

Enactus stands for: ENtrepreneurial—having the perspective to see an opportunity and the talent to create value from that opportunity; ACTion—the willingness to do something and the commitment to see it through even when the outcome is not guaranteed; US—a group of people who see themselves connected in some important way; individuals that are part of a greater whole.