Anthropology and Environment Society
Oral Presentation Session
Inspired by slow food philosophy, the area around Aurland outside Bergen is becoming the new mecca for experiencing food and nature in Norway. Central to this development is Sogn Jord- og Hagebruksskule (SJH), Norway's only school for organic agriculture. This paper is based on 9 months fieldwork in Aurland investigating questions of organic conversion and new forms of agricultural practices at SJH. Since 2018 a central part of the school's work has been the development and testing of new agricultural practices within so-called regenerative agriculture. In recent years industrial agriculture has caused the soil to lose its ability to regenerate itself in large parts of Scandinavia and the regenerative agricultural practices seek to regenerate the health and life of the soil while at the same time explore new ways of binding carbon in order to accommodate the changing climate. Meanwhile, many of the students at the school has left behind positions in diverse fields such as the oil chemistry industry, landscape architecture, veterinary work and the arts in order to become small scale farmers. Effectively trying to care for themselves and care for the planet – from a farm level – at the same time. This paper aims to explore the connection between the regeneration of soil and new practices of life amongst the students at SJH.