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Invitation to the 2nd BINGN seminar!

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10th – 16th of April 2014

Skillebyholm, Järna Sweden

(This seminar is part of the 3 years BINGN apprenticeship program)

 

In February 2014 the BINGN Apprenticeship Program started with its first seminar in Norway. Now we invite you to the second seminar of the 3 years apprenticeship program.

This time we will focus on the following themes:

  • Soil Science, springtime Soil Cultivation (practical examples, tools and machinery)
  • Botany an Plant Development
  • History of (Scandinavian) Agriculture
  • Meteorology

It is spring and we will spend a lot of the time outside, visiting farmers and gardeners to learn from them in practice.

We will stay at Skillebyholm, a biodynamic training center south of Stockholm. You can read more information about Skillebyholm here: www.skillebyholm.org.

The seminar fee is 2000 NOK including accommodation and all meals. You will sleep in a dormitory together with the other students.

PLEASE NOTE: the first year of the BINGN Apprenticeship Program has no regular fee! You will pay per seminar. You can apply for travel support during the seminar.


Travel details:

Plane: There are two airports. A small airport called Skavsta (only for Ryanair flights), 60 km south of Järna or Arlanda aiport, 85 km north of Järna.

Train/bus: The easiest way to find a good connection is through www.resrobot.se
Bus stop “Skilleby” and then it is 5 minutes walk up the driveway to Skillebyholm.

Please sign up by the 4th of April via email to laura@bingn.org.

For further information about the BINGN apprenticeship program please visit our homepage www.bingn.org or contact us via laura@bingn.org.

We are looking forward to hearing from you!

Invitation to the first BINGN seminar

 We invite you to the first seminar of the BINGN apprenticeship program.

 

Are you interested in the BINGN apprenticeship program and considering to take part in a unique 3 years training/or the 1-year farmer course for biodynamic agriculture in the Nordic countries?

From the 26th of February until the 2nd of March 2014 we will meet on Holt Gård for the first seminar.


Skärmavbild 2014-01-18 kl. 15.37.15On our first seminar we will let you know about the BINGN apprenticeship program and the schedule of the 3 year training. We also want to get to know each other and talk about our questions and expectations of the program.

But we will not only talk about the program, we will dive into the theme with

  • Lessons about soil, observing, arts and cultural history of agriculture and
  • Farm visits to get an impression of biodynamics in practice and to get inspired and taught by biodynamic farmers.

A detailed program will follow soon.
Still unsure if you want to take part in the BINGN education?

You are welcome to take part in the seminar to get know us and the apprenticeship program. During the days we want to give an impression of what the BINGN students can expect in the following years.
The seminar fee will be 1500 NOK including all meals and accommodation.

PLEASE NOTE: the first year of the program has no regular fee! You will pay per seminar. If you need financial support  to take part in the seminar, please contact us.


Holt Gård is situated in the south of Norway. You can read more information about the farm here: www.holtgard.no

For questions and to sign up for the seminar please contact us: laura@bingn.org

BINGN apprenticeship program starts February 2014!

The BINGN team has been working hard to organize the BINGN apprenticeship program. After travels to farms, conversations with many people, attending conferences, workshops and meetings, application for the apprenticeship program is now open!

You can find more information here and check out our flyer here.  Interested? Contact us! We look forward to hearing from you.

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BING global invites you to an “open conversation about the young biodynamic movement”

BING global invites you to an

Open conversation about the young biodynamic movement

Friday the 7th of February 2014, 7-8pm

at the Goetheanum, Dornach, Switzerland.

 

Are you a young biodynamic enthusiast who wants to meet other young people? 

Do you have ideas, wishes, or questions about the young biodynamic movement?

 

We would like to meet you and hear your thoughts.

Looking forward to seeing you!

 

Thea Maria Carlson (Director of Programs, Biodynamic Association USA)

Clemens Gabriel (Young Organic Farmers Network Germany)

Laura Klemme (BINGN – Biodynamic Initiative for the New Generation Nordic)

 

This meeting is part of the International Biodynamic Agriculture Conference 2014

For more information visit www.sektion-landwirtschaft.org

 

The new BINGN flyer

We have a new flyer! Feel free to print it out and pass along to those who you think might be interested in our Apprenticeship Program!BINGN-flyer-red

BINGN at Nordic Forum, Järna Sweden

The whole BINGN team has not been in the same country since July – so we are very excited to meet each other and present BINGN at the Nordic Forum in Järna, Sweden! Will we see you there? This year it is the Swedish Biodynamic Association’s turn to organise the Nordic Forum and the theme is:  The role of the cow in agriculture.

Laura and Clemens will present the BINGN Apprentice program on Sunday and during the forum we are also looking forward to meeting other farmers, organisations and biodynamic enthusiasts!

On Friday before the forum starts, the BINGN team will host a working meeting to develop and fine tune the plans for the Apprentice program which will start in February 2014.

We will post more updates soon!

 

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BINGN Apprentice Program

BINGN will start up an apprentice program for biodynamic agriculture for the Nordic Countries in February 2014!

You will find a description of the program here and for the application form click here: Application for the BINGN Apprenticeship Program. If you still have any questions, please contact us. We look forward to hearing from you! In today’s scenario where all our work is done on Internet, we need to think about double protection to our iPhones against all such attacks of virus so a good antivirus for iPhone is sort of a must

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BINGN Summer Seminar on Aukrust Farm

BINGN is inviting you to a summer seminar on Aukrust Farm (read more about Aukrust here) in Lom, Norway, from the 23th until the 25th of August 2013.

Together we will prepare our meals out of regional, biodynamic and organic ingredients, go hiking in the impressive nature around Jotunheimen, get inspired by Aukrusts wonderful herb garden and enjoy the summer. In this atmosphere we shall discuss your questions, wishes and ideas around BINGNs education initiative.

During winter 2013/2014 BINGN will offer the first farm based, practical education for biodynamic agriculture in the Nordic lucky patcher apk countries. The students will work two years on a farm and visiting theory courses in the different countries. The project is still in the preparation phase.

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Program

 

Friday
Saturday Sunday
• arrival until 6pm

• supper 6pm

• “Biodynamic Herb gardening” farm walk on Aukrust Farm with Ola Aukrust

• breakfast 8am -9am

• “BINGN’s education initiative” Clemens and Laura will present the current situation of the project (nordic farm trip)

• 10:30am coffeebreak

• “What is the future asking from us? – How does the biodynamic education of the future need to look like?” conversation.

• 12:30pm lunchbreak

• 2 pm Hiking trip in the Jotunheimen Nationalpark

• 7pm supper and music by the fire

 

• breakfast 9 am -10am

• “What are my questions? -How do we work further on the education initiave?” world cafe?

• 11:30am coffee break

• wrap up the seminar

• 1 pm lunch

 

Travel

You can reach Lom by bus with the Gudbransdalekspressen. Check on http://www.nor-way.no/

 

Location

Nordgard Aukrust is placed in the region Oppland in Central Norway. In a spectacular surrounding of the Norwegian Mountains Aukrust Farm is growing 150 different types of herbs. On the farm the herbs get sorted, cleaned and mixed to tea and spice specialties. Since 1986 is the certified organic and biodynamic.

 

Accommodation

With your own sleeping bag you can sleep in the barn or in your own tent on Aukrust farm for free. If you prefer a more comfortable accommodation are there several opportunities in Aukrust’s surrounding.

Strind gard is a nice farm in walking distance from Aukrust farm, were you can book cheap lodging.

Fossheim Hotel is the most luxuries hotel in Lom with an excellent kitchen in Lom center.

For a complete overview of Lom’s accommodation places visit the pages http://www.fossberg.no and http://www.nordalturistsenter.no

 

Food

The meals will be prepared mainly out of regional, organic ingredients. We will eat vegetarian. All meals are inclusive in the seminar fee.

 

Prices and payment

The whole seminar inclusive all meals and simple accommodation in your own sleeping bag will coast 700 nok. You can pay cash at the seminar or get a bill.

 

Sign up

You can now register by clicking here!  The sign up will close 16th of august.

 

For questions contact Laura Klemme: laura@bingn.org

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BINGN–sommerseminar på Aukrust Gård i Lom

Fra fredag 23. august til søndag 25. august 2013 inviterer BINGN til sommerseminar på Aukrust Gård i Lom (les mer om Aukrust Gård her).

Vi lager mat av regionale, biologisk-dyanmiske og økologiske råvarer, går tur i den imponerende naturen rundt Jotunheimen, lar oss inspirere av den vidunderlige Urtehagen på Aukrust og nyter sommeren sammen. I denne atmosfæren skal vi ta opp spørsmål rundt BINGNs utdanningsinitiativ og er spent på deres ideer, ønsker og spørsmål rundt den planlagte utdanningen.

Vinteren 2013/2014 vil BINGN tilby den første gårdsbaserte praksisutdanningen for biologisk-dynamisk landbruk i Norden. Elevene skal jobbe to år på en gård i Norden og besøke teoriekurser i det forskjellige landene. Prosjektet er fortsatt i en planleggingsfase, og vi ønsker deres innspill på hvordan vi skal legge opp programmet.

Registrer deg her!

 

For mer informasjon kontakt Laura Klemme: laura@bingn.org

 

Ambassadors’ News

May 2013

The Biodynamic Ambassadors project aims to support biodynamic pioneer projects and graduates from biodynamic trainings by bringing them together. Graduates go to work for a year at a Pioneer farm, and are supported to do so by the Project office. Two Biodynamic Ambassadors are currently at work, one in India and one in South Africa.

Melchior Pfeil who is placed at Inba Sewa Sangam, a biodynamic school in India describes his day:

“The day at school starts at 6am. We start with a morning prayer, meditation and gymnastics to establish a balance between body, soul and spirit. Then we work for an hour on the school farm, before breakfast. The food is vegetarian and for breakfast we have vegetables, rice and coconut chutney. Then we have theoretical lessons until 5pm, with a lunch break that includes an hour for resting. Last week I was asked to teach dairy farming. It was a lot of work to prepare the class, based on my German notes that had to be translated. But then it was very rewarding to see the grateful faces of the students who felt they had learnt something really important. In the evening we spend another hour working on the farm and we end the day with a reading group, in which students read to each other books on biodynamic farming practices.”

 

Sandy Bradley reports from his experience at Abalimi in South Africa:

“I sorted the visa out with an invitation letter from Rob. Arrived in South Africa in the first week of February and have been working with Abalimi in the townships one or two days a week. I have observed most of the garden centers, basic training courses, community gardens and a few home gardens who sell their excess vegetables through the Abalimi veg box scheme; called the Harvest of Hope. I help pack the vegetables and interact with the main farmers on their busy day.

Rob has now teamed me up with one of the only young men (named Xolisa) who is consistently applying his learning in his home garden. Presently, it is our collective hope that we can start a biodynamic movement throughout the townships, with a good demonstration at Xolisa’s garden. I have visited two Steiner eco-villages, some fruit farms and have been learning about the regional flora and fauna from local books, parks and witch doctors.”

At the moment there are 6 accredited Pioneer Projects waiting to host a Biodynamic Ambassador. 5 more projects have applied and are awaiting accreditation by the project office. For more information about the Biodynamic Ambassadors Project click here.

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BINGN at Det Andre Forumet in Oslo, April

Laura Klemme and Clemens Gabriel will present BINGN and BING global on Saturday the 6th of  April, 14.00 – 17.00 at Westerdals Kantina, Oslo. Click here for the invitation!

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Biodynamic Ambassadors

Do you already know about the Biodynamic Ambassadors project?

The Agriculture Section in Dornach is running the project “Biodynamic Ambassadors” which gives you the opportunity to experience and support biodynamic farming abroad. For one year, you will work in a pioneer project and become familiar with it and the surrounding local culture. At the last Agriculture conference a meeting about the project took place. You can read an artical about this meeting below. For more informations about the ambassadors visit the homepage of the Agriculture Section here.

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Meeting during the Agriculture Conference 2013

On Thursday the 7th of February the Biodynamic Ambassadors project held an open information & exchange meeting as part of the International Biodynamic Conference happening at the Goetheanum in connection with the annual Agriculture Conference.

Only a small room was available to meet, as the Goetheanum was crowded with farmers and other people from the biodynamic movement. But we managed to squeeze the 20 participants in, together with the three staff members of the project office, Ambra Sedlmayr, Tobias Jäger and Reto Ingold.

The meeting started with a presentation round of all participants. Some were farmers hoping to find young skilled helpers, others were young biodynamics students considering a year abroad and there where those generally interested in the idea or who wanted to contribute to make Biodynamic Ambassadors a successful project. All participants agreed that the idea to connect freshly graduated biodynamic farmers /gardeners with pioneer projects abroad is a great idea!

After the presentation of participants, the project was introduced in detail: What are biodynamic Pioneer Projects? What is the role of a Biodynamic Ambassador? And why do we need a Project office?

Jakes Jayakaran from a biodynamic school initiative in India shared his experiences in hosting the first Biodynamic Ambassador in India. The main point the host made was that the culture shock for the Ambassador had been significant. We discussed the preparation of Ambassadors in terms of cultural integration. There were varying views about how one could best be prepared for the cultural difference encountered on the pioneer project. Some thought the Ambassador should have a thorough ethnographic preparation while others thought it was best not to be prepared at all and to be totally open to experience and understand the other culture in an unprejudiced way. At the moment, Ambassadors are prepared in seminars by the Friends of Waldorf Education, learning generally about cultural differences and integration and being given guidance to do their own research.
Later Ladina Heldstab spoke about her experience as a volunteer in one of our Pioneer projects in Tunisia. It was striking that even though she spoke about many challenges she met, for example as a woman in an Islamic rural community, her eyes were shining as she spoke and she repeatedly said she would like to go again and for longer. It seemed that by meeting the challenges, she established deep personal connections and acquired new capacities and skills that she can now be proud of. On her host farm they are certainly proud of her, as they refer to her as the fastest worker they have ever seen.

The meeting ended with a number of questions. How can the cultural integration of Ambassadors best be accompanied by the Pioneer Projects? Could people from Brazil come to Europe to be Ambassadors here?  Would it be possible for an „senior farmer“ to become a short-term Ambassador?

It is clear that there is much work to be done to increasingly connect people from the biodynamic movement who can offer support with those who need it, and in a way in which both sides and the entire movement are strengthened.

by Ambra Sedlmayr

Project office Biodynamic Ambassadors

Section for Agriculture at the Goetheanum

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