From: Germany & Switzerland
14/02/2018 - 28/02/2019
We are a young couple that loves nature and is excited about the development of new, revolutionary agricultural concepts and the protection and restoration of natural ecosystems. Kai has just finished his Master of Science in Biology (Soil and Plant Science) and Marion has just finished her education as professional fruit farmer (both finished in summer 2017). On our one-year journey through Latin America we want to learn as much as we can about conventional, organic and permacultural farming systems, agroforestry and food forests but also reforestations and other ecosystem restoration mechanisms.
We are idealists but in most cases we are more pragmatic than dogmatic! We are strictly vegetarian and prefer vegan food. However, we can live with vegetarian meals and we get along with everyone.
Marion has 2 years of practical experience on 2 different fruit producers in Switzerland in combination with scholar education. She has also lots of experiences in caring for different kinds of animals (e.g. horses, goats, dogs...). Kai has only some experience in gardening and urban agriculture but has gained quite a lot of theoretical knowledge during his studies at the university. However, besides the university, both of us have read and learned a lot about agricultural systems and global problems that originate in mostly "modern" agricultural business. Now we are motivated to participate in the efforts to develop sustainable ways of food production and living itself.
We are looking forward to a great journey, finding new friends, connecting to projects, gaining lots of experiences and learn about agriculture, permaculture and life :)
Marion: all skills a fruit farmer in switzerland needs: planting, cutting, grafting and caring for trees; producing, harvesting and storing of high quality fruits; tractor riding.
Furthermore, experience in caring for animals, horse riding and dog training.
Kai: assessment of soil quality/fertility, all kinds of scientific work and passionate cooking. Additionally, some experience in gardening (especially urban gardening), harvesting and wood constructions as well as a bunch of theoretical knowledge about plants, soils, ecosystem services and agricultural concepts (also permaculture).
31 & 27
German citizen (Kai), Swiss citizen (Marion)
We dream about having an own project site in latin america concerning about sustainable agriculture and ecosystem restoration. For this, we are looking for role models and pioneers to learn from. We are motivated and willing to learn from others!
Special dietary requirements