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THE PROJECT

Our Story

Alnarp’s Agroecology Farm was started in 2021 by a group of passionate Agroecology master’s students at SLU. They shared a vision of creating a space for developing practical skills in farming, where theory could be tested by applying it to the reality of running a small-scale farming business. The farm would also become a vital educational tool and research facility over time, as well as a warm and welcoming environment that brought together all members of the local community.

A project such as this was felt to be missing in Alnarp and so, encouraged by Faculty members and fellow students, the agroecology students drew up their vision, goals and business plan for Alnarp’s Farm. They were successful in obtaining initial grants and our first plot of land of 400m2 in front of Grohuset.

Due to lack of available space on the Alnarp campus, the project was offered land to expand on at Mellangård in 2022. By the end of 2022, Alnarp’s Farm will achieve financial self-sufficiency and continue to be handed down the generations of students, researchers and committed individuals who wish to learn, participate in and work towards a more sustainable food system.

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Our growing method(s)

Our market garden is built on a ‘no dig’ method that is popular amongst small-scale vegetable producers. We have chosen this method because it minimises disturbance to the soil and allows the soil microorganisms to flourish. It also naturally reduces pressure from weeds, which means that chemical intervention is not necessary.

 

Part of our garden is organically certified, although our methods are far beyond the requirements for organic certification

In 2022, we will start to develop a ‘food forest’. This is an area containing trees, bushes and herbaceous perennials that are all edible for humans. A food forest optimises harmonies between different species and their abilities to defend each other from pests and disease, as well as to provide each other with nutrients and shelter from bad weather. It is also a recreational space, where we can meet one another and be surrounded by nature.

Learn more from Charles Dowding the ultimate expert of the no dig method!

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what is agroecology?

A short definition.

Agroecology is a holistic study of the agricultural system, where the effects of growing food is analysed from environmental, economic and social standpoints.

Environmentally, the challenge is:

-how can we minimise the negative effects of agriculture, such as pollution, biodiversity decline and soil depletion while still being able to provide enough food? And then,

-how can we make it economically viable?

-Finally, does the food system reflect the needs of our diverse society or does it serve the interests of just a few?

 

Agroecology tackles the food system as a whole by trying to find the best answers to these kinds of questions. Our little farm won’t change the whole food system, but we attempt to answer these questions through the Daily decisions we make.

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Overview of the thirteen principles of agroecology and three operational principles of sustainable food systems

(Agroecology Info Pool)

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The Team

the board

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Marie-Claire Feller

Chairperson

Agroecology Master Student, SLU

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Ingrid Svedhem

Internship Coordinator

Agroecology Master Student, SLU

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Mariana Forero

Secretary

Law, Columbia

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Verity Swift

Research Coordinator

Agroecology Master Student, SLU

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Joar Löfberg

Treasurer

Agroecology Master Student, SLU

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Thomas Hubbard

Agroforestry Manager

Forestry and Landscape Bachelor Student, SLU

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Leon Biundo

Production Manager

Horticulture Master Student, SLU

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Kathi Schnäckel

Community Manager

Sociology,

Sustainability Studies

THE TEAM MEMBERS

the custodians

At Alnarp's Farm, anyone who regularly helps out on the farm is considered a Farm Custodian. We like the idea that the farm belongs to anyone who participates to the project in any way. We are so grateful for every single person who helped us on the field or elsewhere.
Long live the bees!

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Matilda, Dawid, Xavier, Niels, Sarah, Hester, Moa, Johanna, Magnus, Arthur, Bryce, Marta Stamatis, Leonie, Alvar, Betty, Lovisa, Siri, Ola, Oli, Noa, Amy, Anne, Hugo, Philip, Linus, Helene, Caro, Roos, Felicia,  Szu-Ying, Marios, Theodor, Clara, Cornelia, Marcus, Laurin, Aaron, Talia, Julia, Lucas, Frida, Rafa, Anna, Isak, Kajsa, Paul, Sara, Susan, Berglind, Elin, Henry, Oskar, Femke, Josefin, Sofia, Kris, Elsa, Linus, Michi, Pauli, Dominique, Leon, Tamerat, Ola, Noa, Vera, Eva, Katerina, Lisa, Sorka, Loesje, Charles, Reband, Anouk & many many more......

The Farm Family Tree

These amazing humans have been involved in building up the farm and organization

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Caroline Thorne

Chairperson

2020-2022

Agroecology Master Student, SLU

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Xinyu Ma

Secretary

2021

Agroecology Master Students, SLU

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Lily Begg

Project Leader

2020-2022

Agroecology Master Student, SLU

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Christoph Löffler

Education Manager

2021

Agroecology Master Student, SLU

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Max Andersson

Research Manager

2020-2022

Agroecology Master Student, SLU

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Laurens Post

Field manager & advisor

2021-2023

Agroecology Master Student, SLU

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Philipp Hansen

Production Manager/Advisor

2020-2022

Agroecology Master Student, SLU

The Advisory board

The advisory board is there to assist the board with specific advise, whether it is a contact, specific expertise,

feedback, persepctive and moral support if needed.

Most of the members of the advisory board are former board members so knowledge transition can

continue even after people have left Sweden. Addtionally, the advisory board is represented by important individuals that are supporting the farm from all kinds of backgrounds.

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Nicholas Jackobsson

Teun Dekker

Sara Kyrö Wissler

Charles van de Kerkhof

Senior Innovation & Business Advisor

SLU Holding

Programme director

Agroecology Master , Researcher, SLU

Project Leader, Campus development

SLU

Project Manager of  Venture Lab SLU & Founder of Fjällgås AB

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Caroline Thorne

Chairperson

2020-2022

Agroecology Master Student, SLU

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Lily Begg

Project Leader

2020-2022

Agroecology Master Student, SLU

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Max Andersson

Research Manager

2020-2022

Agroecology Master Student, SLU

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Philipp Hansen

Production Manager/Advisor

2020-2022

Agroecology Master Student, SLU

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Laurens Post

Field manager & advisor

2021-2023

Agroecology Master Student, SLU

 

The farm dogs

 

The sweetest creatures that protect our gardens from rabbits, phasants and brighten up our day

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Betty

the best girl,

loves radishes & chasing anything that moves

Genervra

also the best girl,

loves cuddles and hates people she assumes to be men

Melvin

the best boy

really likes people he assumes to be men

Apollo

also the best boy,

loves to sleep on people

The grounds

Mellangård

Off campus

Main plot (since 2022)

Market Garden (800 m2)

Food Forest

CSA pick-up

The original Grounds

On campus

Very first farm site (since 2021)

Market Garden (400m2)

Weekly farm markets

The Grounds
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