Hands in the soil: Young Organics Pioneer Dialogue meeting in Bonn

June 6, 2012 at 7:54 pm Leave a comment

In the morning sun on June 2nd 60 Young Organics from across the organic, fair trade and sustainability sectors met in Bonn with 11 pioneers of the organic movement for a day of dialogue and gardening (see box below).

At the Young Organics Bonn Community Garden, young and pioneer organics spaced out lettuce plants, weeded potatoes, cut sticks for a climbing structure for the peas and beans, exchanged gardening tips and got to know each other. Some came with extensive experience in agriculture; others were entirely new to gardening. Goetz Rehn, founder and manager of Alnatura was stoked, “It is an amazing challenge to encourage these young people to make such experiences.”

After getting their hands dirty in the soil, the group went to Gut Ostler for the second part of the meeting. A world café format inspired discussion in the large green house of the biodynamic farm. Small work groups of young organics huddled around the pioneers to envision the future, critically reflect on the past, and define practical steps for next Monday, next week, next year. What did the world look like when companies such as Lebensbaum, Sekem or Alnatura were

founded? What are the most urgent issues to address today? And how can joined knowledge drive change more effectively?

“There are urgent environmental and social issues we need to address today. We need change – rapid change” Xander Meijer of Native Republic said. Discussion continued over an organic lunch.
“If you want to create something meaningful, be ready to do something crazy. Do what you believe in, go with your gut feeling” Helmy Abouleish said. “Change has to be authentic. And we cannot do it alone.”
The group finished the day in the garden, weeding and hoeing, mounding soil around potato plants, and weaving beans and peas onto trellises.
“Young Organics are thrilled that so many came to join us in this very inspiring meeting and we thank you all for helping us in what we do best: connect- inspire and act”, sais Tobias Bandel, who initiated the event. He also thanked all the young organics who organized the event and Anna Wissmann who facilitated the gardening and world café session.
The next Young Organics Pioneer Dialogue will take place at Lebensbaum on July 14th in Diepholz. Contact Martin Woerishofer at martin.woerishofer@gmail.com if you want to join!

Organic Pioneers and leaders who joined the young organic event (alphabetical order): Mirran Raphaely (Dr. Hauschka USA), Goetz Rehn (Alnatura), Helmy Abouleish (Sekem), John Lister (Shipton-Mill), Markus Arbenz (IFOAM), Nikolai Fuchs (Nexus-Foundation), Peter Segger (Blaencamel), Roland Schaette (Dr. Schaette GmbH), Thomas Harttung (Aarstiderne), Ulrich Walter (Lebensbaum), Volkert Engelsman (EOSTA), Xander Meijer (Native Republic).
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