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Hot off the press: politische ökologie journal “Erdverbunden” (Engl.: “soil mate”)


Erosion, climate change and land depletion: The soil is a threatened aspect of the environment that gets only little media attention.
Could the 2015 International Year of Soils achieve relevant changes in politics and society? The current issue of the politische ökologie journal “Erdverbunden. New politics for our soils” from the oekom publishing house points to one possible conclusion. The current September edition of the politische ökologie journal is a special issue dedicated to the 2015 International Year of Soils and available as of now from the oekom publishing house and in bookshops. Extracts can also be found here.


agrathaer has been asked by the Federal Environment Agency to conduct the “Closing Conference of the 2015 International Year of Soils” R&D project. The September issue of politische ökologie “Erdverbunden” by the oekom publishing house evolved from this project.
 

A day dedicated to apples and pears in Müncheberg


The apple and pear day will take place on the grounds of the Müncheberg fruit-growing research station at 1 pm on 6th September 2016. We would like to warmly invite you on behalf of Dr. Schwärzel as well as the entire team of the fruit-growing research station! More information can be found in the flyer.

The apple and pear day is the last of the total of three workshops in Müncheberg dedicated to specific types of fruit. The cherry marked the beginning of the workshop series in June, followed by the apricot in July. During the seminars, Dr. Hilmar Schwärzel talks about kinds of fruit that have adapted well to their habitats, and gives advice on how to take care of them appropriately. Guests also have the opportunity to have the different kinds of trees and fruit that they brought along categorized. The day will be rounded off by a walk through the “variety garden” and the start of the fruit picking.

The apricot event attracted 120 guests to the Müncheberg fruit-growing research station on 27th July 2016


In sunny weather and a temperature of around 30°C, Dr. Schwärzel informed the workshop participants about how fruit varieties are categorized, about the resistance of new apricot varieties to the winter cold, the development of the trees and their yield as well as about how to deal with diseases and pests. In the shade of some large oak trees, Dr. Schwärzel answered the participants’ very varied questions and categorized the wood and fruit samples that they had brought along. One fly in the ointment: The apricot fruit picking could not begin this year. Late frost and hail had destroyed this year’s harvest almost entirely. Nevertheless, a few delicious varieties could be tasted and examined.

An overview of further events this year can be found here.

 

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Workshop series on fruit continues with the apricot

The apricot workshop will take place on the grounds of the Müncheberg fruit-growing research station at 1 pm on 26th July 2016. We would like to warmly invite you on behalf of Dr. Schwärzel as well as the entire team of the fruit-growing research station. More information can be found in the flyer.

The apricot workshop is the second of three workshops at the Müncheberg fruit-growing research station dedicated to specific types of fruit. Besides to the cherry day that already took place in June, there will be a day dedicated to apples and pears at the beginning of September. During the seminar, Dr. Hilmar Schwärzel will talk about kinds of fruit that have adapted well to their habitats and give advice on how to take care of them appropriately. Guests will also be able to have different kinds of trees and fruit that they brought along categorized. The day will be round off by a walk through the “variety garden”.

agrathaer was asked by the State Agency for Rural Development, Agriculture and the Reorganisation of Land Brandenburg (LELF) to conduct the central management of events at the fruit-growing research station and is responsible for event preparation, event implementation and follow-up as well as press work and public relations. An overview of the events can be found here.
 

Successful kick-off of the fruit workshop series: The cherries are ripe!


The cherry seminar at the Müncheberg fruit-growing research station successfully launched the picking of sweet and sour cherries on 28th June 2016. At the same time, this was the kick-off event for this year’s fruit seminar series.

Dr. Schwärzel, Scientific Director at the station, provided the roughly 75 personally or business interested participants with information on how to categorize cherry varieties, and the habitat-adapted grafting of existing fruit trees (combinations of scions and rootstocks). He also described how to care appropriately for cherry trees and how to deal with diseases and pests. While walking through the variety garden in the sunny weather, a broad range of delicious varieties such as, the Henriette sweet cherry or the Achat morello cherry could be tasted directly from the tree.
Fruit can be picked on weekdays from 9 am to 12 pm and from 1 to 4 pm.

agrathaer was asked by the State Agency for Rural Development, Agriculture and the Reorganisation of Land Brandenburg (LELF) to conduct the central management of events at the fruit-growing research station and it is responsible for event preparation, implementation and follow-up as well as press work and public relations. An overview of the events can be found here.

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