“Today, at a time of multiple crises intensified by globalization, we need to move away from the paradigm of nature as dead matter. We need to move to an ecological paradigm, and for this, the best teacher is nature herself.
This is the reason why the Earth University/Bija Vidyapeeth was started at Navdanya’s farm.
The Earth University teaches Earth Democracy, which is the freedom for all species to evolve within the web of life, and the freedom and responsibility of humans, as members of the Earth family, to recognize, protect, and respect the rights of other species. Earth Democracy is a shift from anthropocentrism to ecocentrism. And since we all depend on the Earth, Earth Democracy translates into human rights to food and water, to freedom from hunger and thirst.
Because the Earth University is located at Navdanya, a biodiversity farm, participants learn to work with living seeds, living soil, and the web of life. Participants include farmers, school children, and people from across the world.” — Dr Vandana Shiva (Source: Vandana Shiva: Everything I Need to Know I Learned in the Forest, Yes Magazine, 5 December 2012).
Navdanya’s learning center Earth University (Bija Vidyapeeth) at the Navdanya Biodiversity Conservation Farm is dedicated to education for sustainable living and earth citizenship and offers a unique opportunity to explore the principles and practice of sustainability and diversity.
Throughout the year farmers from all across India come to get trained in organic farming to create the future in agroecology.
For people to come from all over the world Navdanya offers the opportunity to learn from nature and farmers as teachers, as well as from the cutting edge ecological research combined with practical experience and participation in community activities.
Two major courses are the ‘A-Z of Agroecology and Organic Food Systems’ and ‘Gandhi, Globalization and Earth Democracy’
Check this page for more details on programmes, courses, internship opportunities, visitors guide, application forms.
A-Z of Agroecology and Organic Food Systems
A one month Global Capacity Building workshop with eminent scientists and environmentalists is held every year at Navdanya’s Earth University/Bija Vidyapeeth for citizens’ organizations and movements from across the world.
The course on A-Z of Agroecology & Organic Food Systems is an opportunity to learn about the links between Seed Sovereignty and Food Sovereignty and issues of Intellectual Property Rights, Patents, Seed Monopolies and Farmers Rights, as well as about living seed, living soil, self-reliant sustainable local living food economies both at the scientific level and through participation in seed conservation and breeding, composting & soil fertility renewal, cooking classes with forgotten foods and interaction with local community and farmers.
Several representatives of partners movements have joined the course in the last six years, which has revealed its unique catalyst effect for joining forces, exchanging knowledge and strategies, creating and consolidating alliances as well as for inspiring new projects.
For example, a knowledge exchange workshop on seed saving, soil fertility enhancement and agroecology was organised with the Latin America Seed Freedom Network (Red Semillas De Libertad), as well as seed savers and seed defenders from Indonesia, Portugal and Ghana, who attended the course, acquired new skills and knowledge which enabled them to start farms and/or strengthen and further develop their agroecology projects and networks. In short, the course is not only a learning experience, but a unique opportunity for the organic movement, the seed and food freedom movements and the agroecology and regenerative agriculture movement to join forces and commit to work together to build a poison-free, biodiversity rich alternative model of farming and food systems.
- Seed Thoughts from Navdanya
- My story and my Navdanya inspired farm, by Isaac Pabia, Ghana
- An Indian farm inspiring the World, by Charlie Mgee, Formidable Vegetable Sound System, Australia
Gandhi, Globalization and Earth Democracy
As Gandhi said, the Earth has enough for everyone’s needs , but not for a few people’s greed. He cultivated non-violence at every level, from paradigms of Science and technology to structures of politics and economics.
The course explores the relevance of his ideas and practice of Swaraj (self-governance), Swadeshi (local production and self-reliance), Sarvodaya (wellbeing of all) and Satyagraha (non-violent civil disobedience based on the force of truth), Gandhi, to create and defend people’s economic and political freedom in the midst of multiple crises – ecological, economic, social, political.