„The Akademie für ökologische Land- und Ernährungswirtschaft Schloss Kirchberg (Academy for Organic Agriculture and Food)
is a nucleus for the further development of organic agriculture in Germany.“
Rudolf Bühler, Founder and Chairman of the Foundation House of Farmers
In recent years, the Akademie Schloss Kirchberg has evolved into a meeting place for farmers, civil society activists, leaders, representatives of indigenous communities, policy makers and young changemakers along the entire agricultural value chain from field to fork. Since the beginning of its work, networks have been established to reach the diverse audience with the core topics. Existing expertise is to be shared and new expertise gained through valuable partnerships. The Akademie Schloss Kirchberg facilitates the necessary transfer of knowledge.
We want to contribute to promoting the great potentials and powerful levers of farm-based agriculture on the path to global climate resilience. The way agriculture is practiced - from our stewardship of the soil and on-farm ecosystems, to the way we raise animals and grow crops, to the way we process and consume food - offers many effective options for shaping the future. Neutralizing CO2 emissions, preserving and increasing biodiversity, and bringing measurable economic and ecological added value to the upkeep of farm structures are fields of action that have already been realized in many places. In practical seminars, excursions and at conferences on this topic, we contribute to the development and dissemination of knowledge and network farmers with civil society, business and politics.
see e.g. Climate Farming Conference (under Impressions)
Localizing SDGs & Localizing Global Peasants‘ Rights
We are working closely with Bäuerliche Erzeugergemeinschaft Schwäbisch Hall and the organic farming movement to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals as part of the United Nations' 2030 Agenda. Under the motto "Localizing SDGs", we are building a global network of regions where the SDGs are being grounded and brought to life by farmers, representatives of indigenous communities, civil society activists, experts and politicians through their respective agricultural, sustainability, cultural, legal or social practices. The representatives of the SDG regions in the global South, North, East and West as well as experts from think tanks, NGOs, foundations and governments meet once a year at Kirchberg Castle for the exchange of experiences and mutual knowledge transfer at the World Organic Forum - the development policy conference platform for the global localization of the SDGs!
see World Organic Forum (under Impressions)
Organic sustainability along the value chain
It is of great interest to us to contribute to the sustainable development and ecologization of food value chains between agricultural production, processing in craft and industry, trade and consumption with stimulating event formats designed for the exchange of experience and knowledge. We bring together farmers, representatives of the food industry, the organic sector, decision-makers in politics and young changemakers in seminars, excursions, at conferences and in innovative formats - from small grocery stores to nationally positioned retail groups, from CEOs to farm successors and trainee groups in supermarkets.
see e.g. Öko-Marketingtage, Fachkraft Bio, Sommerschule (under Impressions)
In cooperation with the Bio Kontroll Institut (digital event).
30% organic is only possible with qualified farmers and specialists in the agricultural and food sector. Are you interested in working as an auditor in organic farming? Are you interested in the conversion to organic farming and the latest developments in organic regulation? Organic farmers, processors and traders must comply with EU regulations in order to use the EU organic logo or label their products as organic. This monthly introductory course provides an overview of current organic standards regulations and the basic knowledge to qualify as an auditor. Participants will learn about the world surrounding organic production and certification. The course is aimed at all those who are interested in working as an auditor. Contents of the course are the activity profile of an auditor, EU-organic regulation, organic farming law of the FRG, control system and reporting.
Speakers: Experts of the Bio Kontroll Institut
Dates: Every second Thursday of the month, always 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. (online event).
2. Date: 12.10.2023
3. Date: 09.11.2023
4. Date: 14.12.2023
Ein einmaliger Kurs für alle, die nicht nur viel über die Bauernhofpädagogik wissen wollen, sondern vor allen Dingen nach dem Kurs das können, was sie brauchen, um erfolgreich ihre Höfe für Menschen zu öffnen. Aus den eigenen Stärken heraus entwickeln die Teilnehmenden ein stimmiges zukünftiges Konzept, dass die Landwirtschaft mit den Menschen verbindet und tragfähig macht.
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Bei den VI. Öko-Marketingtagen als führenden Branchentreff zu den Themen nachhaltiges und ökologisches Marketing werden wir auch 2023 über die drängenden Themen in der Branche diskutieren, innovative Ansätze, gelungene Best-Practice Beispiele und einen Ausblick auf Zukunftsthemen in Kommunikation und Unternehmensstrategie vorstellen und auf Schloss Kirchberg zusammenkommen, um die Zukunft der Branche weiter zu gestalten.