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Agriculture Regenerative Tropical - Farm-school in Itápolis - SP - Brazil



ART: Agriculture Regenerative Tropical

In Brotherhood with Trees = gentle agroforestry

Return of the Trees … into the fields, arranged in strips

Easy to manage, even with agriculture machinery


Regenerative Fertilizers are:

- RCW = ramial chipped wood;

- DGM = dense green manure;

- BLH = broad-leaf-herbs (beneficial herbs).


To enhance Water Residency

- Minor losses through evaporation

- Greater Water Holding Capacity of Soils

- Wind-shading Agroforestry strips.



Agroforestry Organism: 7 issues

= management for full soil fertility.

= inhibition of tropical grasses.

= integrated pest management.

= natural healthy crops management.

= sparing water management.

= healthy, mineralized, vitalized food.

= training: young talents for agriculture

The organism is back on stage (Goethe)


Why focus on Trees for hot regions?

Correspondence: ruminants & planetary trees

New strategy, similar benefits, more resilient.

Carbon: the great sculptor, carrier of all life.

Vitality of landscapes, of agriculture within it!


Tropics is a place to learn

- Agriculture of Tomorrow ... heat resistant!

- Emergency agriculture (water sparing) & food supply




Tropical forests as stage for purest mutualism and cooperation (every species helps others).

- Small animals communities mutual support.

- Rudolf Steiner: "Mutual help and not struggle (for survival) is the main factor of evolution”.

- Remarkable Mutualism has evolved tropical forests as a place where life grows 'together'.

- Cooperation & Networking in tropical forests, inspires ART = Polyculture in crops.

- ART is researching new combinations of companion plants & beneficial weeds.




- To maintain food-security, we need more creativity

- How can we learn from the tropics? Acquire a new doing?

- Tropics as landscape laboratory for a world of tomorrow

- ART offer's creative solutions that bring us through the challenges.

- Agriculture needs time, can’t change that quickly!

= Let’s start training programs in due time.


ANTHROPOSOPHY & Goethean Scientific View


- Windbreak Forest Strips & Landscape design.

- Photosynthesis & protection of transpiration.

- Invisible wind: must be controlled, conducted.

- Saving Water for crops, trees and cattle.

- Planetary influences: Trees on the fields.

- rising healthy and productive crops.

- Planetary spheres: creative design on differentiated landscapes. No schedule.




- ART as an open source of innovations

- Partnership allows new research & development, supports the open source.

- Be the rain too! Irrigating our work with your donation. 

- Together we regenerate a better future.

- ART can provide lectures, courses and a training program.

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The evolutionary work of Lynn Margulis, which rises to Symbiogenesis as a stronger evolutionary process than natural selection. Symbiogenesis= emergence of the new by the symbiosis of two or more organisms.

- The Anthroposophy developed by Rudolf Steiner, which brings us a regenerability with spirituality, as in his evolutionary vision for PEACE, praising the cooperation between living beings as a major evolutionary vector.

- Goethe’s scientific view, that reveals the landscapes as a living and unique organism, helps us to understand the specific needs of each one. Every landscape, a different management.

- The intuitive and practical experience of Ernst Goetsch, creator of a special type of agroforest, the so called “Agrofloresta”. That is, the first phase of his work, done in Bahia, by de-savannization. 

- The researchers of IAC / IAPAR / EPAGRI offering variety of options of green manuring and biomass production.

- The indigenous tradition that insists on the known consortia (pumpkin, corn, beans, manioc), is inspiring new polycultures within horti-fruti crops (cooperative companion plants). It is up to the broad leaf spontaneous herbs to fill the biological voidness.

O que fazemos


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Geographer / PUC-SP

Eduardo Carlini

A geographer who graduated from PUC-SP 20 years ago, Edu is passionate about territories, indigenous peoples and Brazilian landscapes. As he works with education and teacher training, he pays special attention to human issues. More recently, he became an organic producer of fruits, vegetables and spices & medicinals, here in Itápolis.

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Eng. Agr.

Antonio Parra

Antônio is an agronomist, he has worked extensively with R&D and is now dedicated to consulting in organic agriculture and strategic planning, with experience in project management. His specialization in soil management and a master's degree in agroecology and rural development help a lot in raising questions for new lines of research, here at Sítio-Escola ART.


Eng. Agr.

Manfred von Osterroht

Project Manager

Manfred has always worked in production and courses. Co-author of the ART method, he cultivates an innovative look at skilfull process technologies that can regenerate landscapes. His experience in tropical soils, archetypical botany, with Brazilian Biomes and Agroforestry, bring an evolutive approach to his work. With an organic look, that he learned from Goethe's Scientific View, he maintains  focus on degraded landscapes. He wants to regenerate and produce!

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Jose Vitor

Field Worker

Farmer and tractor driver, with experience in slaughterhouse and home electrification, as well as irrigation and planting systems.

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Sueli Solomon

Board of Directors

Sueli is a business administrator, graduated in Social Work,

at PUC/SP. She has worked in a retail bank for a long time, and shared experiences in social movements in neighborhoods. She is interested in contributing to initiatives that open perspectives to small producers, combining ecological and economic sustainability and family farming, producing with quality and fair price.


Lai Gomes

Field Worker


Born in Alagoas, Lai came to

the Itápolis region at the it of age 18, living and working throughout the region for many, many years:

he worked with several crops, broiler chicken, fruit growing, horticulture and in a seedling nursery. He went through countless valuable experiences before finding our project, risking his luck in regenerative agriculture.


Lucas Pedroso

Lucas possui formação em Design pela Universidade Presbiteriana Mackenzie e Ciências Sociais pela UNESP/SP. Ao longo de sua trajetória, dedicou-se ao ativismo social em bairros periféricos da cidade de São Paulo. A partir de 2018, começou a lecionar em escolas Waldorf. Hoje atua, na escola Escola Waldorf Moara de Brasília, como Auxiliar Pedagógico. 

Mariana Moura

Psicóloga, Facilitadora e Gestora de Projetos Sociais, especializou-se em diversas metodologias de aprendizagem e desenvolvimento humano, tendo a Antroposofia e Teoria U como condução de suas práticas.

Ajuda as Organizações Sociais a redesenharem seus processos, e cria mapeamentos e diagnósticos territoriais para grandes empresas, contribuindo para repensarem suas estratégias de negócio.


Alessandra Barioni

Board of Directors

Alessandra is a technician in Environment and graduated in Institutional Communication, being a manager in the expertise sector at Madrid Engenharia. But what 'Alê' really likes is working for tourism, acting as a travel consultant for the ''Clube Turismo''. She has been a member of the Association for the Promotion of the Return of Trees for many years and now serves as a board member.

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