LEARN - ACT - IMPACT
Our mission is to use education and learning as a tool to regenerate the land.
The Regeneration Academy offers a transdisciplinary learning environment for students, young professionals and researchers who want to co-create the future. For us regenerative agriculture and land use is an essential part of the future food system. As this field is still in the pioneering phase, we need to gather as many insights in practice as possible and capacitate the next regenerative agriculture practitioners. Only then can we implement regenerative practices on a large scale. We see education as one of the main leverage points to make this happen.
Around the world a lot of knowledge about sustainable farming and land use is being created by research groups, innovative farmers, governments, NGO's and many more institutions. However, most of the time this research is top-down coordinated and as a result does not 'land' on the ground. Farmers wanting to make steps towards regenerative agriculture and land use are often in the dark when it comes to the application of the insights from scientific research.
The Regeneration Academy aims to work with farmers on bottom-up action research and learning. What does this mean? The problem we want to address is the knowing-doing gap. In other words, we want to bridge the gap between theory and practice. We offer programs focussed on regenerative agriculture and land use practices where capacity training is an essential element. Each learners' individual journey is strengthened by the ability to deal with disruptive change, the deepening of self-knowledge and the capacity to work on a systems level.
We put the learner and the farmer in the drivers seat and give them the opportunity to add value by doing research or projects on the organic farm of La Junquera. All (research) projects are focussed on opportunities and challenges that the farm is currently facing. The farm is a testing ground for prototyping new and existing ways to contribute to the next steps on the farm.