The Tamanduá Farm Institute

The Tamanduá Farm Institute (OSCIP), founded in 2007, aims to give an official and structured sequence to the work started in 1977 at the Tamanduá Farm, located in the caatinga biome, with semiarid climate, and Biodynamic-certified, with the Demeter stamp.

The initial objective was to establish and offer a durable platform to university students, scientific and amateur researchers, with the possibility of carrying out studies that may take years. One example is the study that assesses nutrient cycling in the caatinga, which has been ongoing for over 20 years, or surveys of fauna, flora and insects, frequently reassessed on a 3,000-hectare farm with diverse topography and areas of fully preserved vegetation.

Based on this platform and the accumulation of information acquired since 1977, we are developing and disseminating certified organic management technologies adapted to the semiarid, both for livestock, cattle and goat farming, as well as for agriculture, mainly sorghum, drumstick trees, cucurbits, mango trees, and also beekeeping. This is done through field days or short videos.

In this way, we receive interns from Brazil and around the world, who come to discover this little-known biome, with drought prefiguring the future of many countries due to climate change.

We carry out environmental awareness and education projects with students from schools in Patos or Santa Teresinha (PB), properly prepared with the teachers. We also organize stays, as with the Escola Turmalina de Paudalho (PE), whose students come to participate annually in the work of Fazenda Tamanduá, in a vision inspired by Rudolf Steiner, founder of the biodynamic concept in 1924.