Cursus Agroecologie in Praktijk (NLD).
8 donderdagen + 2 excursiedagen + stage. Click op bovenstaande poster voor meer info over de 10 daagse cursus in het Nederlands.
Masterclass Agroecology in Practice (ENG)
This one week masterclass is a unique opportunity for students, PhD’ers and people in general who want to learn about agroecology in practice. Whether you actually want to start a garden/farm yourself or if you want to start projects with peasants in the Netherlands or abroad - this course will provide you with the practical knowledge you need. “Taught by people with hands-on-experience, this course provides learners with a unique opportunity to put theory into practice. It gives learners the tools they need to move forward with agroecological food production, touching on agroecology as a practice, a science and a movement. If you want to start growing food, or if you want to develop a stronger, more sustainable and resilient food system, then this is the course for you.” - Jessica Duncan, Wageningen University Teacher of the Year 2017
Agroecology & Starting a peasant garden. Monday 18th March 2019.
How to start up a small scale organic garden? Esther Kuiler will share her story how she started De Ommuurde Tuin in 1999 and developed it in a way that she can now get her full income from small scale agriculture. Esther will show us around at the garden - with more than 400 varieties of vegetables, herbs and fruits - and you can ask her all your questions!
Soil, (bokashi) compost & access to land. Tuesday 19th March
How do you build up a healthy soil life? At the Ommuurde Tuin we build up the sandy soil from 0.2% organic matter to 8% organic matter with a lot of soil life, by using bokashi & compost and applying agroecological soil practices. We will share our story and teach you how to build up a healthy soil life. We will also focus on the topic access to land for ‘newcomers’ in agriculture. We will show several creative examples of ways in which people obtained land without needing a large amount of money.
Design, crop rotation and green manure. Wednesday 20th March
How to design a garden with different varieties of vegetables, herbs and fruits, considering crop rotation? How do you make sure you can always harvest enough every week for your veggy bags and farm shop? We will also discuss green manure. Why is green manure important and which varieties can you use?
Diseases and natural enemies. Thursday 21st March
Recognize the basic diseases and know how to deal with it, without the use of chemicals. How do you get ‘natural enemies’ into your garden, which can attack pests?
Income & Community Supported Agriculture (CSA).
How do you generate an income, as a peasant, from small scale agriculture? We will explain the concept of CSA (Community Supported Agriculture), where money goes directly from the consumer to the producer, and moreover there is a shared risk. Moreover we’ll explain how to start up a CSA.
Tools & Machinery. Friday 22nd March
What is our experience with different kinds of tools and machinery for a small scale garden?
Seeds and seedlings.
Where do you get seeds and seedlings and what is important to take into account? How to save seeds from your own farm?
Inspiration & peasant movement La Via Campesina.
Toekomstboeren (La Via Campesina) will provide a lecture with inpspiring examples of people who’ve started in agriculture. Also they will explain about the work of La Via Campesina and how this movement is working on agro-ecology, food sovereignty and Peasant Rights Declaration
Two peasants, Elske and Esther, invite you to their 1 hectare garden with more than 400 varieties of vegetables, herbs and fruits - including some old varieties from the seedbank of the WUR. During one week, they will share in-depth knowledge about agroecology / nature inclusive agriculture. Both Elske and Esther have obtained their Msc. at Wageningen University and chose to become peasants in the Netherlands. Therefore they are experienced in linking theory with practice, bridging the university with the reality on the field. Besides practical theory at the farm, you can also chose for the option to conduct an internship at a farm of garden in the Netherlands after completing the course. Join the masterclass, bridge your scientific knowledge with the practical skills and receive a certificate of the Masterclass Agroecology in Practice. This course is highly recommended by prof. dr. ir. Jan Douwe van der Ploeg - author of “The New Peasantries”.
At organic garden de Ommuurde Tuin, we grow more than 400 different varieties of vegetables, herbs and fruit - including some old varieties from the seed bank in Wageningen (CGN). We sell our produce at our farm shop, via veggy bags (shareholders), to organic restaurants and to organic shops like Odin and Kardoen.
Masterclass 2019: Monday 18th - Friday 22th March
(which is week 1 of period 5 at WUR).
09:45 - 10:00 : arrival, coffee, tea
10:00 - 10:15 : Questions / remarks regarding previous day?
10:15 - 11:00 : lecture
11:15 - 12:00 : lecture
12:15 - 13:00 : lecture
13: 00 - 13:45 : Lunch
13:45 - 14:00 : ‘moment of fame’: present an inspiring book / documentary / project
14:00 - 14:45 : lecture
15:00 - 15:45 : lecture
15:45 - 16:15 : ending, final thoughts, questions, feedback
Optional: internship at a garden of your choice. We will give examples of organic farms and gardens in the Netherlands. Depending on your availability, you can work along in the field to get more hands-on experience and learn by doing!
Costs: 345,- euro for students and 445,- euro for PhD’s and other non-students. Including coffee, tea, cake, a lunch with products from the garden and a certificate after completing the Masterclass Agroecology in Practice. (Note: in order to make it accessible for all, students with a tight budget can chose to bring their own lunch and pay only 295,- for the course).
Location: Ommuurde Tuin, Renkum, see map.
De Ommuurde Tuin is a one hectare peasant garden. We grow more than 400 different varieties of vegetables, herbs and fruit - including some old varieties from the seed bank in Wageningen (CGN). We sell our produce at our farm shop, to organic restaurants and to organic shops - bus far most of the produce goes to our shareholders via the CSA concept. In total, there are about 200 people who get vegetables from our one hectare garden every week throughout the harvest season.
Sign up: Join this unique masterclass on agroecology in practice! Send a motivation letter of max A4 - before the 25th of February 2019 - to firstname.lastname@example.org Please also mention your phone number, so we can call you after the selection.
Please note: people who want to take this course, because they want to start their own farm/garden will be given priority during the selection process.
Esther is the owner of the organic garden Ommuurde Tuin since 1999. She has over 20 years of practical experience as an organic peasant farmer. Coming from Rotterdam city, she can explain like no other how it is to start up a small scale organic garden - step by step - as a ‘newcomer’ in agriculture. She co-designed the Ommuurde Tuin and the crop rotation system for over 400 varieties of vegetables, herbs and fruits.
Esther graduated at Wageningen University (WUR) in Msc. Organic Agriculture with a specialisation soil science. During her studies, she has conducted research in Ghana and Indonesia, looking at sustainability of forestry projects , and she organized several excursions to organic farms. She also gained experience as a research assistant at the experimental greenhouses of the WUR.
After her studies, she decided to practice what she preached and become an organic peasant farmer. Step by step, she designed the Ommuurde Tuin, the crop rotation system and the many elements of the garden. At his moment she obtains her income from the garden, year round. She’s an active member of BioTuinders, an association for organic (certified) gardens, which forms a collocutor of SKAL.
De Ommuurde Tuin is a “Erkend Leerbedrijf” (certified company for internships), which means she supervises students from Wageningen University, STOAS, Warmonderhof en HAS, conducting their internship (partly) at the garden.
Esther is regularly invited as a speaker, giving lectures about the soil, how to make a biodiverse crop rotation schedule and designing&maintaining historical gardens. Together with Elske she wrote for the Dutch translation of ‘The Market Gardener’ by Jean-Martin Fortier (the Ommuurde Tuin is one of the examples mentioned in the book). Esther is looking forward to share her theoretical and practical knowledge with you during the course!
Elske works as second gardener at the Ommuurde Tuin. She graduated at the Wageningen University (WUR) in Msc. Biology and Msc. Development & Rural Innovation, where she specialised in Agroecology as science, practice and social movement. During her studies, she conducted research in Vietnam and Indonesia, where she got in contact with peasant movements fighting for food sovereignty. After one year abroad, she returned to the Netherlands and helped to start up “Toekomstboeren” (“Future Farmers”, member of La Via Campesina ). For 4 years, she was also part of the organization of the Farm Experience Internship - a 3 ECTS WUR summer course about agroecology in practice, set up and organized by students themselves.
After her study, she decided to gain more practical knowledge on organic agroecological peasant farming. She enrolled at the part-time farmers school Warmonderhof and conducted a 2 year internship at the Ommuurde Tuin. Next to her part-time education, she was the coordinator of the Boerengroep peasant foundation, connecting the university with the reality and challenges of (peasant) farmers in the Netherlands and worldwide. Via Toekomstboeren and Boerengroep, Elske joined and co-organized excursions, meetings with peasant organisations and unions, symposia, workshops and peasant markets in the Netherlands and abroad. She was part of the Dutch delegation at the Nyeleni Forum for Food Sovereignty in Romania and reported on alarming statistics of the CBS “Losing 22 farms a day”.
In 2017, she started her own company and works as a freelancer at the Ommuurde Tuin, where it became clear that, above all, agroecology is a way of life (“the most beautiful job in the world!”) . She’s looking very much forward to meeting you at the course!
This masterclass is highly recommended by:
prof. dr. ir. Jan Douwe van der Ploeg. Author “The New Peasantries”, former professor of Transition Processes at Wageningen University (Netherlands) and Adjunct Professor of Rural Sociology College of Humanities and Development Studies China Agricultural University, Beijing (China).
Stichting Boerengroep, Wageningen
Toekomstboeren (La Via Campesina)
Jessica Duncan. “Taught by people with hands-on-experience, this course provides learners with a unique opportunity to put theory into practice. This course gives learners the tools they need to move forward with agroecological food production, touching on agroecology as a practice, a science and a movement. If you want to start growing food, or if you want to develop a stronger, more sustainable and resilient food system, then this is the course for you.” - dr. Jessica Duncan, Wageningen University Teacher of the Year 2017
Julian Cortes. “One of the challenges peasant communities around the world are facing nowadays is related to the access to real markets in difficult realities. When I discover the Omuurde Tuin in The Netherlands I realised how powerful could be the scheme of Community Supported Agriculture. At the end is a process of solidarity economy where people are satisfying their needs in a creative way and not depending so much on the forces of the market, (which sometimes are too much excluding for those at the bottom of the society). So, I strongly recommend this inspiring course to make you more creative in using agroecology as a way to get your own livelihood.” - Julián Cortés. Colombian activist in solidarity economies. PhD candidate in Sociology of Development and Change, Wageningen University.
Pieter de Vries. “Agro-ecological cultivated food is not only tastier and healthier, it also contributes to the struggles of consumers and producers in the North and in the South for global food justice. I therefore warmly recommend this course as essential for your well-being and for improving the world.“ - dr. ir. Pieter de Vries, lecturer Sociology of Development and Change, Wageningen University
Dirk Roep. “Growing food youself in an agroecological way. It’s an enrichment for nature, humanity and it’s surroundings. Experience it yourself at the Ommuurde Tuin, where peasant farmers are growing more than 400 varieties of vegetables, herbs and fruits on one hectare. An Art! But one which you can learn…” - dr. ir. Dirk Roep, assistant professor Rural Sociology Group, Wageningen University
Kees van Veluw, Louis Bolk Instituut and lecturer Ecological Design and Permaculture , Wageningen University