Indigenous Production Landscapes Applied Course

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Applied Course
21-25 April 2020
The School of Nature

Over generations, indigenous communities have made countless innovations to cultivate their surrounding environment for their livelihoods and developed great variety of Indigenous Production Landscapes. This new interaction with the earth did not only supply food and other fundamentals of pastoral living, but also nurtured traditions and culture along with sustaining the wider ecosystem shared with other species. One old Anatolian phrase used while spreading seeds to soil describes this ancient way of maintaing landscapes, in a gentle way: “To wolf, to bird, to food!”

To name a few, dehasa corresponds to Indigenous Production Landscapes in Spain, ahupua’a is in Hawaii, satoyama landscapes in Japan and horata hills are spread along the southwest coastal rim of Anatolia, Turkey.

Imagine a world where agriculture is taking place without sowing the soil, without irrigation and even without planting trees. It’s hard to believe, but it’s possible, and it has been so for the last 4,000 years at least, throughout the Indigenous Production Landscapes of the world. Here, people aren’t really the owners of their land. Instead, they act as one of hundreds of species having their home in olive pastures. The result is good, clean and fair production – not only for those consuming it, but also for the wider ecosystem.

We meet between 21th – 25th April, 2020, in İzmir, Turkey, to learn from Indigenous Production Landscapes of the world and the Aegean. Would you like to join us?

Registiration and information:
+90 506 260 0200
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