|Earth University / Bija Vidyapeeth Courses 2013|
Organic Farming : Rejuvenating Soils: Ecological Methods of Soil Fertility
23-25th March 2013
Chemical agriculture is locked into what Sir Albert Howard described as the "NPK" mentality - fertilizing the soil with non renewable industrial resources of nitrogen, phosphorus and potassium. Not only all those raw materials for synthetic fertilizers getting exhausted, they are exhausting the soil by killing soil microorganisms and destroying the structure of the living soil.
The course will equip participants with scientific knowledge of the living soil, and practical knowledge of diverse ecological methods of rejuvenating soil fertility including composts, vermicomposts, panchgavya, jeevamrit, ghanamrit, green manures, mixed cropping, mulching etc.
Grand Mothers University on Living Economies
April 27-28th 2013
The dominant economic model shaped by capitalist patriarchy and corporate greed is in deep cricis. It is destroying the planet and people's lives.
The principals on which it is based are greed and competition. Its measure is 'economic growth'. Its currency is money.
We need to shift to principals of care and co-operations. We need to move beyond growth. We need to focus on the currency of life. For this transition the knowledge of one grandmothers can be our guide.
The course will focus on developing an understanding of globalization and corporate rule, and of nature centered, people centered alternatives for shaping living economies.
A-Z of Organic Farming
1st - 30th September 2013
With Dr.Vandana Shiva, Maya Goburdhun, Dr. Vinod Kumar Bhatt, Dr. J.C. Tarafdar, Dr. A.K. Panigrahi, Dr. V.P Uniyal, Dr. R.S. Rawat, Hari Raj Singh, Darwan Singh Negi, Dr. Mira Shiva, Reetha Balsavar, Lata Sharma, and others.
This 4 week course addresses the physical, intellectual, and holistic aspects of organic farming. Taught in English, for one month the international group will be guided by carefully planned and dedicated instructors who will teach the basics of Navdanya’s organic farming methods. The course will be 80% hands on and 20% academic focusing on the practical, theoretical, and political aspects of Soil, Seed, and Food. From the Panchagavya and the harvest, to the politics and science of chemical-free farming, students will leave the course with a comprehensive understanding of the how to role model and create, through hands, head, and heart, organic farming methods around the world. Students will return home certified in the methods of Navdanya organic farming.
Gandhi, Globalization and Earth Democracy
21st November - 30th November 2013
The economic paradigm based on limitless growth and corporate greed is collapsing across the world. In Europe, the "indignados" demand an alternative to the imposed austerity of the financial institutions. In the U.S., the Occupy movement has defamed the dominant economy as the economy of the 1 % excluding the 99%.
Everywhere, people are searching for an alternative to corporate rule. Gandhi's visions, practices and philosophy can give us new inspirations, new ideas, on how to create an Earth Democracy that ensures the well being and freedom of all life on Earth and all people.
This is what the course on Gandhi, Globalization and Earth Democracy will explore with visionary teachers like Satish Kumar, Samdhong Rinpoche and Vandana Shiva.