Excursion to organic farm

Excursion to organic farm

by Georg Weber

The second trip of our project Experience Vienna. With all senses.” took place on Friday the 15th of September 2017. This time, Anna and I met again with Jean Gatsinzi from Interface and the group of 12 students (unfortunately one had an appointment) to head for a new destination.

But first, to remember: With our project “Wien erleben. Mit allen Sinnen” my team colleagues Anna, Heike, Jessi, Yusuf and I want to combine our two heart concerns – the work with young people with a migration and refugee background as well as the mediation of environmental and sustainability topics. For this purpose, we have planned six different excursions, of which we will be running three each in September and October with two different groups from Interfaces.

This time, our trip took us across the Danube to the district of Donaustadt to Leopoldauer Platz. There we met Andreas “Andi” Maurer, a former study colleague of mine and organic farmer, who opened the doors to his farm. First, he gave us a tour around his farm, where he told us a lot about crop cultivation and pig breeding as well as entertaining anecdotes from his own work experience. Whether with detailed inquiries about agriculture, with sitting in a combine harvester or with taking selfies with the pigs and horses… our students showed great curiosity and enthusiasm during this trip. After a short break and having small snacks, the students did some brainstorming on the differences between conventional and organic farming in three small groups. Finally, we prepared a small guessing game for them on the small parts of the supermarket prices of food that goes to the farmer himself. All this hopefully helped the students to understand the importance of agriculture and the hard work that goes along with farming.

I would like to thank Andi and the team of Interface at this point. Through Andi’s love for agriculture and his vivid farm tour, the students and we could spend an exciting and educational morning, which gave us a unique insight into the food production. Also, many thanks to Jean Gatsinzi, who accompanied and supported us again during the entire excursion.

Our whole team of “Wien erleben. Mit allen Sinnen.” is looking forward to the next and already last
event with the first group! A very pleasant, motivated and curious group.

Trip to Andi's organic farm
Jumping on a harvester
Workshop about conventional and organic farming

About the author

I encountered Generation Earth through the Action Leader Training 2016/17. It was a great experience, in which I could meet and form friendships with many other motivated as well as committed young people on the one hand and on the other hand I had the opportunity to plan and implement a project on a sustainability topic for the first time. My roots are on a Carinthian organic farm, so I am particularly interested in teaching the importance of the work of farmers to other people and raising the general appreciation for this profession. My second passion is the reduction of the daily produced waste, since I specialized in waste management in my study of environmental and resource management.

Georg

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