I was a little nervous as I registered for the Agroecology Knowledge Exchange Workshop that was held in Waterloo and hosted by Wilfrid Laurier University, Centre for Sustainable Food Systems in August this year. The workshop was organised through its FLEdGE (Food: Locally Embedded, Globally Engaged) project, and promised to “bring together leaders in agroecology research and practice from Cuba, Mexico, Honduras and Costa Rica, as well as Ontario”. I’m a European based researcher who is just starting to turn my focus to agroecology, so wasn’t really sure I’d fit in. My plan was to keep my head down, not say too much, and mainly just listen to what the impressive line-up of presenters had to say. If it turned out that there was small group work where a contribution was unavoidable; well, I’d cross that bridge when I came to it. To give some perspective, I work at the Research Institute for Organic Agriculture in Switzerland, which is better known by the German acronym: FiBL. FiBL is quite a large institute with 175 people working on practical problems related to organic agriculture.
For the full blog Agroecology Workshop Experience by Robert Home