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Workshop With Ernst Götsch

A Swiss reinvents Regenerative Agriculture! His credo is Syntropy - diversity in harmony with nature

The pioneer Ernst Götsch will show for the second time at a Workshop in Germany his globally applicable principles for fertile soils:

On 2 November 2019 at Schlossgut Alt Madlitz in Brandenburg near Berlin

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Soil Alliance - Association for Regenerative Agriculture

Association for Regenerative Agriculture

"Paradise is the place where one fulfills one's function and does one's work gladly." Ernst Götsch

Ernst Götsch

It all started with radishes in Raperswilen. Already at the age of three, Ernst Götsch plants radishes in the backyard of his parents' house in north-eastern Switzerland. The little red tuber grew his curiosity. Even after more than 65 years, his approach is the same: planting, observing, testing and developing. In addition to work on the genetic improvement of forage plants at the renowned Zurich-Reckenholz Agricultural Research Institute, Ernst Götsch began to question the conventional path of agriculture. His vision: "What if we were to improve the conditions we give the plants? Instead of trying to find genetic traits in them that will enable them to better endure our abuse?"

Ernst Goetsch | Syntropic Agriculture | Soil Alliance | Workshop in Germany

After the first tests on areas in his home country showed good results, Ernst Götsch also received inquiries from tropical countries. Götsch successfully applied his cultivation methods in an ecosystem unknown to him under different climatic conditions. He concluded that his methods and principles are applicable to different biomes or soil and climate conditions. In 1982 Ernst Götsch moved to Brazil. Over 30 years have passed since then. Through own hands work and without resource consumption on dry and degraded pastures a blooming food forest with 14 all year-round flowing water sources has developed. If you ask the inhabitants of the region for rain, the answer is: "On the Gringo's land it always rains".

One-Day Workshop with Ernst Götsch

The Society for Regenerative Agriculture (Verein für regenerative Landwirtschaft e.V.) and Schlossgut Alt Madlitz will present Ernst Götsch to a German audience for the second time. The workshop is aimed at farmers from organic and conventional farms, students and all those interested in Regenerative Agriculture.

Experience a visionary master of his profession

A day with Ernst Götsch at the Schlossgut Alt Madlitz. Here Ernst Götsch, in cooperation with the farmer Benedikt Bösel, realizes a project according to the principles of Syntropic Agriculture: For the time being the test field is 3 ha in size. In this workshop you will learn the principles of Syntropic Agriculture. Ernst Götsch will discuss his observations of the ecosystem and his conclusions on the implementation of the Syntropic Principles in Madlitz with the seminar participants on site.

Field inspection - join in and implement

You are involved from the very beginning and experience in practice how Ernst Götsch plans his planting, on which factors they depend. In a question-and-answer session he will answer concrete questions and problems of the workshop participants and point out solutions. In the course of the day you will understand the elements and principles of Syntropic Agriculture. Next spring, following the one-day general workshop, we plan to invite applicants with sound experience in agriculture or horticulture to a practical 3-4 day planting workshop with Ernst Götsch and his team.

The one-day workshop is a great opportunity to broaden the vision and take many new ideas along. Our last workshop in April 2019 and similar events with Ernst Götsch in Brazil, Portugal and Spain were quickly booked out. We therefore recommend early registration.

Key Data for the Workshop

Cost contribution: 100,- Euro incl. catering

The cost contribution serves exclusively to cover the expenses for Ernst and his team, for the work on the project in Madlitz as well as for the catering and the organization of the seminar

Location: "Alte Schmiede" at Schlossgut Alt Madlitz, Schlossstr. 19, 15518 Briesen (Mark) OT Alt Madlitz, Brandenburg.

Time: Saturday, 2 November 2019 from 10:00 to 18:00 hours

Language: German - As a German-Swiss Ernst Götsch speaks German fluently, even though he speaks Portuguese on most of his videos, the language of his home country Brazil.

Program: 10.00 am - Welcome; 10.30 am - Theory and lecture by Ernst Götsch; 12.30 am - Lunch; 13.30 pm - Field inspection; 16.00 pm - Q&A

Catering: Lunch, small refreshments in the morning and afternoon, drinks

Syntropy - Diversity in harmony with nature

"In nature, there is no competitive pressure and no fierce competition. All relationships are based on cooperation and unconditional love and are always geared to the fulfillment of a particular function." Ernst Götsch

Characteristics of Syntropic Agriculture

Syntropic agriculture is an agricultural model developed by Ernst Götsch, consisting of theoretical and practical components: Natural processes in their form, function and dynamics are translated into agricultural practices. The basis is the idea that land recovers by use: By establishing highly productive agricultural areas, ecosystems are provided (usually independent of input - such as auxiliary agents - or irrigation). Particular attention is paid to soil formation, the regulation of the microclimate and the fostering of the water cycle. The harvest has a cyclical complementary effect on the regeneration of ecosystems. Complex plant communities (consortia) and a number of other management methods, such as pruning and soil coverage, stimulate the nutrient cycle and accelerate conversion, which under normal conditions takes years on natural fallow land. It is a process-based rather than input-based agriculture. Its aim is always to increase the amount of life and energy in the system. At this point Syntropy is in opposition to Entropy: Whereas Entropic modifications cause energy losses and simplification of structures, Syntropic processes gain energy over time and build structures, diversity and complexity.

Life is inherently syntropic, and our agricultural systems should reflect its complex characteristics.

Although many successful examples of Syntropic Agriculture have taken place in tropical regions, the principles governing this holistic method developed by Ernst Götsch are applicable to different types of ecosystems. Farmers from Martinique, Portugal, Spain, Italy and Hawaii have already put it into practice with impressive results, facing extreme weather conditions and reversing initial problems of low fertility.

The methods of syntropy are scalable.

Syntropic landscape - pruning trees and shrubs to cover the ground

Stratification: the vertical structure of the habitat - different growth levels of different plants

Distinction between Syntropic and Organic Agriculture

By Ernst Götsch

Fertilization

Biological and syntropic agriculture are two sisters that start from the same idea. But the development of different solution approaches for daily implementation problems has led them on different paths. Organic farming aims to replace chemical fertilization (as is common in conventional farming) with organic fertilization (compost from organic waste, green manure, slurry, etc.). In syntropic agriculture, we work with the concept of arranging the various plant species, from the introduction of the system to continuous cultivation, in such a way that they produce their own fertilizer themselves. For this purpose we plant trees, bushes, grasses and herbs in high density, which have the property to grow back strongly after pruning.

Trim

The periodic pruning, which falls on the soil, leads - in addition to supplying our crops with light - to a large amount of organic matter, which animates and supplies the soil organisms and thus indirectly fertilizes our plants. An additional advantage in addition to light and fertilizer is the effect of rejuvenating the entire system, which occurs after pruning: evidence of new vigorous growth and new vitalization for the entire system, triggered by the regrowth of our allies.

Maintaining the Power of the System

This idea leads us to the next difference between organic and syntropic farming: organic farming involves phytosanitary control, i.e. the fight against diseases and pests. The result is the use of preparations, mineral mixtures to strengthen plants, to kill or ward off pests and diseases, traps to catch unwanted insects, etc. These are tools that are developed and used as a result of the separation, namely the separation between good and evil. In the case of syntropic agriculture, we are working to maintain the strength and prosperity of the whole system. We treat pests or diseases as indicators of weaknesses in our plans caused by our own mistakes. Mistakes made in the design or management of our agro-ecosystems. We regard pests and diseases as indirect allies, members of the immune system of the macro organism life on planet Earth (to which we belong).

No Good and no Evil

From this perspective, there is neither good nor evil. Instead, we recognize a function. These contributors, who are regarded as pests, can indirectly give us clues as to how we can deal with the macro-organism more organically, so that emergency care by the "firefighters of the system" is not necessary. Therefore, they are once again allies, members of the immune system, like the white blood cells in our body, which act and multiply when the life processes in it (macro organism) leave the predetermined path.

"Complementary to entropy, syntropy moves from simple to complex, in the sense of increasing the quantity and quality of consolidated life." Ernst Götsch

The Main Practices of Syntropic Agriculture

Complex plant communities (consortia): Syntropic agriculture follows the principle of succession, i.e. the natural sequence of plant communities on an area. On fallow land, there are pioneer plants first, followed by several subsequent plant communities, and at the end there is a so-called climax vegetation, the result of undisturbed growth. Selective sorting: Plants that have fulfilled their task in the process of succession are sorted out. Others, usually higher and more demanding species, are added. Pruning and triggering of impulses: Particularly for the synchronisation of processes during stratification (formation of vertical habitats - see illustration), for the rejuvenation of the system and for the increase of subsequent plant communities. Soil coverage: Mulch and plant cuttings that cover the soil prevent water from evaporating and keep the soil moist. Indirect microbiota enrichment.

The pruning of plants is an essential part of the method used by Ernst Götsch to revive damaged soil

Careful handling of the floor - it must not be damaged and should always be covered. In order not to injure the precious humus layer, no ploughing is done

Philosophical Approach

What Aesop (700 B.C.) said about Kronos

He created beings on this planet, including humans, and said, "Man, I have brought you to this place, make it your paradise! Live well! Live in it and multiply! Be creative! You can do whatever you want. There is only one condition, one limit: the laws of the macro-organism of which you are a part are predetermined and fixed. Not even us, the gods of Olympus, are allowed to enact our own laws!" Mankind lived happily ever after. One day, however, people began to think, "What if we made our own laws? We would be more powerful than the gods of Olympus."

Ernst Götsch's holistic approach is strongly influenced by his humanistic background

By doing so, they came into conflict with the gods and began to wage war against them. When he saw this, Kronos began to scratch his head and thought, "What should I do with my children? I will kill them!" He came down from Olympus and carried his axe on his shoulder. But when he saw the people, he changed his mind: "Man," he exclaimed, "I will divide you in two, as punishment for your disobedience." And that," he said, "means that you will try your whole life to reunite with your second half, but you will not find the second half. And this will be fatal to your species." As mentioned by Aesop, the laws are given. If we accept this and act accordingly, we close the loop.

Review: One-day Workshop with Ernst Götsch

on 12 April 2019

Ernst Götsch for the first time at a Workshop in Germany

The weather was cool - but the participants didn't let their good mood get in the way. On 12 April 2019 more than 70 interested people - mostly farmers, but also students and lecturers from all over Germany - met at Schlossgut Alt Madlitz in Brandenburg for the first workshop of the Swiss Syntropy Pioneer in Germany. In the morning Ernst Götsch held the theoretical part with a lecture, in the afternoon the practical part on the field where he impressively demonstrated his globally applicable methods.

Ernst Goetsch | Syntropic Agriculture | Workshop

Ernst Götsch at the theoretical part of the Workshop in the morning

Ernst Goetsch | Syntropic Agriculture |  Workshop

Exploring the fields with Ernst Götsch

Ernst Götsch demonstrates his approach

Ernst Götsch together with Host Benedikt Bösel

Group picture - Workshop with Ernst Götsch at Alt Madlitz Estate

Attendees' Feedback

Ernst is a visionary and ingenious practitioner with ideas that go far beyond forestry.

Gero Leson

Rarely experienced so much positive energy with so many people I've never met before. Great applause. I am looking forward to coming back for more workshops!
John Köckert

A really instructive, inspiring day with you and Ernst Götsch - I can hardly wait to apply the principles here in Germany.
Aline von Wedel

Other Activities of Soil Alliance

May 2 and 3, 2019

Joel Salatin held a two-day masterclass seminar about Grass Farming and Pasture Management at the Biolandhof Sepp Braun in Freising near Munich

How pasture becomes economical - a farmer with a vision revolutionizes agriculture in the USA with his grass farming. Joel Salatin came to Germany for the first time for a 2-day seminar.

Joel Salatin in Germany for a second Masterclass Seminar

5-7 May, 2020

Due to the high demand Joel Salatin is now coming to Germany again. At the request of many participants of the last seminar, we are now offering a full-day In-depth Seminar in addition to the two-day Masterclass Seminar. Both events can be booked independently or as a combination. Please use the contact form on www.joelsalatinmasterclass.de to register.

We are looking forward to receiving a message from you. Please use the contact form on the main page and we will get back to you as soon as possible.

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Google Web Fonts
To ensure that fonts used on this website are uniform, this website uses so-called Web Fonts provided by Google. When you access a page on our website, your browser will load the required web fonts into your browser cache to correctly display text and fonts. To do this, the browser you use will have to establish a connection with Google’s servers. As a result, Google will learn that your IP address was used to access our website. The use of Google Web Fonts is based on our interest in presenting our online content in a uniform and appealing way. According to Art. 6 Sect. 1 lit. f GDPR, this is a legitimate interest. If your browser should not support Web Fonts, a standard font installed on your computer will be used. For more information on Google Web Fonts, please follow this link: https://developers.google.com/fonts/faq and consult Google’s Data Privacy Declaration under: https://policies.google.com/privacy?hl=en.

5. Payment service providers and resellers

PayPal
Among other options, we offer payment via PayPal on our website. The provider of this payment processing service is PayPal (Europe) S.à.r.l. et Cie, S.C.A., 22-24 Boulevard Royal, L-2449 Luxembourg (hereinafter referred to as “PayPal”). If you choose payment via PayPal, we will share the payment information you enter with PayPal. The legal basis for the sharing of your data with PayPal is Art. 6 Sect. 1 lit. a GDPR (consent) as well as Art. 6 Sect. 1 lit. b GDPR (processing for the fulfilment of a contract). You have the option to at any time revoke your consent to the processing of your data. Such a revocation shall not have any impact on the effectiveness of data processing transactions that occurred in the past.

Stripe
If you choose a payment method offered by the payment service provider Stripe (credit card, SEPA direct debit), the payment will be processed by Stripe Payments Europe, Ltd., 1 Grand Canal Street Lower, Grand Canal Dock, Dublin, Ireland, to whom we pass on the information you have provided during the order process as well as the information about your order (name, address, account number, sort code, credit card number if applicable, invoice amount, currency and transaction number) in accordance with Art. 6 para. 1 lit. b DSGVO. Your data will only be passed on for the purpose of payment processing with Stripe Payments Europe Ltd. and only to the extent necessary. You can find more information about Stripe's data protection at the following Internet address: https://stripe.com/de/privacy#translation

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