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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!