WORKSHOP – Agroforestry for Educators – Arthur Venturella
March 14 @ 8:30 am - 4:00 pm
“The child is nature; nature is a child.”
Nature has the strength necessary to awaken the essence of the child. Nature brings experiences that cultivate respect, self-knowledge, conscience, resilience, and a sense of responsibility. Raising children connected with nature is also a matter of maintaining the future. The child who lives and coexists with the natural environment and develops an affinity with nature appreciates and watches over the world around them and recognizes this as their environment of belonging. Agroforestry nurtures the paradigm of abundance, with socio-biodiversity as the value of their relationships, creating empathy for all forms of life. In this way, we plant the future of our children, of our forests and of our planet! We bring attention to what really matters: nature! With theory and also action, we put our hands in the soil.
It is a deep investigation into the mysteries that involve children’s learning based on the rhythms and patterns of nature that constantly orchestrate human development. This dialogue on the importance of childhood for adult autonomy and freedom is necessary. This is an educational journey of personal transformation for those who believe that education is also the basis of profound social change. Here we are talking about an interconnected web of resources that compose learning and that need to be thought of by those who care for education. The language of nature in practice requires creating a space of experiences and exchanges that allow us to commune with nature directly through touch, smell, taste, sight, and sound. Agroforestry, through its systemic world view, teaches us tools to create a culture with “Nature as a Master”.
More about Agroforestry and Syntropic Farming
“In Syntropic Farming, holes become nests, seeds become genes, weeding becomes harvesting, the competition gives way to cooperation and pests and diseases are seen as the “agents from the department of optimization of life processes”. These and other terms do not arise by chance, but rather derive from a change in the way we see, interpret and relate to nature.
Many of the sustainable farming practices are based on the logic of input substitution. Chemicals are replaced with organic, plastics with biodegradable materials, pesticides with all sorts of preparations. However, the way of thinking is still very close to that one they oppose. In common, they combat the consequences of the lack of adequate conditions for healthy plant growth.
Syntropic Agriculture, on the other hand, helps the farmer replicate and accelerate the natural processes of ecological succession and stratification, giving each plant the ideal conditions for its development, placing each one in their “just right” position in space (strata) and in time (succession). It is process-based agriculture, rather than input-based. In that way, the harvest is seen as a side effect of ecosystem regeneration, or vice versa.” Agenda Gostch – read more
Arthur joins us from Porto Alegre, Brazil, and is dedicated to the recovery of degraded land through agroforestry systems. He studies with the best references in agroforestry in different regions of the world. In the last years, he has dedicated his life as an agroforestry farmer and also as an educator
This course is FREE for all Green School teachers and staff.
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