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Sustainable International Agriculture Opening Ceremony in Witzenhausen

Cherry blossoms are in full bloom here in the middle of Germany just in time for the big celebration. This Friday the official Sustainable International Agriculture Masters Program Opening Ceremony by the Ministers of Research of Hessen (for Witzenhausen) and Niedersachsen (for Göttingen) will take place here in Witzenhausen. All are all invited. Presentations will be given by the presidents of the two universities as well as a few SIA students. Strong media presence is expected.

All SIA students have prepared posters for presentation during the ceremony and the catered event to follow. Below is the poster that we are working on for Community Shared Agriculture in North America.


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Witzenhausen and Prague

Just back from an intensive two week course and spring blossoms in Prague with the Czech University of Life Sciences and Witzenhausen. The course focused on practical management and research strategies for tropical and sub-tropical regions in everything from animal husbandry to conservation tillage from Czech and German professors. The Czech university is doing work in some incredible places that only a former soviet country can have positive access to, including Kyrgyzstan, Afghanistan and North Korea.

When I think about leaving Witzenhausen to get more practical experience in tropical agriculture practices Prague is not the first place I think of and rightly so. Prague is a great place to go to be in awe at architecture, to dance all night, to watch the spring come. It is a little mad to go there to study tropical agriculture. ‘A little nonsense now and then is relished by the wisest of men’ -Roald Dahl

A little Madness in the Spring, by Emily Dickinson

Much madness is divinest sense
To a discerning eye;
Much sense the starkest madness.
‘T is the majority
In this, as all, prevails.
Assent, and you are sane;
Demur, — you’re straightaway dangerous,
And handled with a chain. A little Madness in the Spring
Is wholesome even for the King,
But God be with the Clown —
Who ponders this tremendous scene —
This whole Experiment of Green —
As if it were his own!