Monthly Archives: February 2019

Skåne, Sweden, Denmark …

Did we ever wrote about the stones on campus which are always (almost every day) repainted in different colours?

The reason might sounds a little bit strange: until the 17th century Skåne (southernmost province of Sweden – so where we are) belonged to Denmark. During the Second Nordic War, Denmark declared in June 1657 war on Sweden. This dispute ended in the peace of Roskilde in 1658 with the fact that Denmark had to vacate its possession in Skåneland (today’s southern Sweden Skåne).
The official language in Skåne is namely Swedish, however, most people in Skåne speak more or less strong dialect with some features of Danish.
So, some people on campus believe really much in the region Skåne, so they paint two big stones on campus in the colours of the flag of Skåne. Some people on campus, in turn, believe in Sweden as a country and that Skåne is just a part of it, so they paint the stones in yellow/blue – the colours of the Swedish flag. And then there are the people on campus who think or believe that Skåne should be Danish again, so they paint the stones in the colours of the Danish flag.
I really do not know how serious this whole action is but people told me this story. 🙂

Skåne flag on campus (in front of the student union house)

Part II of the course Environmental Economics and MANAGEMENT

Hej,

today, the second part of our current course “Environmental Economics and Management” has started. The Management part of this course is led by another PhD Student then the first one. The examination will be to write an individual paper about Management, to what we will be introduced next week. So later more about that…

Todays lecture was about strategy in business administration. Because an Enterprise starts and ends with strategy. Having such a long term activity plan that leads your enterprise through the market and lets it succeed is definitely a good idea. Otherwise you will be outcompeted. 😉 In the words of Porter (famous economist ;)): its all about being different. Different, that sounds quite agroecological as well. So maybe economics is´nt so boring and monotonous like it always sounds? Well, we will see. 😉 But the second part of this course, we are having at the moment, seems quite promising. So if you are thinking of working in the area of management, business consulting or even starting an enterprise by yourself later on, this course can give you some good tools and inspiration how to not fail with it.

Hope, you are doing fine out there and please let us know how you like this blog, if you want us to continue like it is, or change something. Just leave a comment here. 🙂

Med vänlig Hälsning, Ludwig

Our first written exam

Hej hej,

today we had our first written exam during the Master´s program here at SLU.
As I told you before, our current course “Environmental Economics and Management” is dividid into two parts: economics and management. We had 5 hours time today to answer 33 questions about economics. It was definitely feasible!
For next week we are divided into three smaller groups and each group has to hand-in a short paper and will have a presentation about one of these topics: degrowth, circular economy and sharing economy. Quit interesting topics!
After this, we are finished with the economic part. One of the most cool things I learned during economics was how to value non marketed good and services, like ecosystem services. We got to know five different valuation techniques and discussed advantages and disadvantages of them. “Conventional”/Neo-classic economics hardly considers non-marketed values of environmental services. Environmental and ecological economics consider those values more and I think it so important to calculate also for externalities because otherwise our resources will become more scarce, damages in environment will become more and more irreversible and future generations will not have the choices we had.

For the next task we have one week time to prepare for, enough time to travel! We will go to Germany, pruning some trees, visiting friends and enjoying the six hours ferry from Trelleborg to Rostock! 😉

And yes, we are still planning the Agroecology day and it is so exciting! Till now we developed a topic and at the moment we are organising funding for our possible speakers, contacting the speakers and informing ourselves about the procedure of booking rooms at SLU and stuff like this. It still will take time to present you our fixed program but as you know: the greatest pleasure lies in the anticipation! 🙂

The first snowdrops. Spring is coming – maybe a bit too early?


Working as a farmer

Recently, I (Ludwig) was hired on a farm as part-time farmer here in Skåne. I was lucky to get this job because this farm needs some more working force, due to its conversion to organic. Organic farming means more work in several areas. For instance in the weed management it seems quite efficient, to spray herbicides and the weeds are mostly killed. In organic farming these external inputs are restricted. Therefore it is necessary to e. g. work the weeds mechanically, for instance with a harrow.

This job means to me to get more experienced in practical farming and to follow the operation flow of the farm during a longer time. I am happy that I can manage this beside the studies even though its only 1-2 days per week at the beginning. Furthermore, I can bring in some valuable experiences and knowledge that could help the farm developing further. I will keep you updated how it is going there.

At the moment the work focusses on maintenance and rebuilding and preparing machines for the coming season. For instance the harrow, that I talked about before, needs to be revised and repaired. By doing that I get to know all the machines that I am going to work with later.

The Einböck harrow, including a sowing unit (8m working width), in the workshop.

Kallbadhus (Sauna) in Bjärred

We already mentioned the traditional Sauna in this blog before. Therefore I want to write about it briefly to give an insight to you how amazing this activity can be. Several times now we have been in Bjärred, a town near Alnarp where you can find a Sauna in the almost middle of the sea! Yes, you heared right. The Kallbadhus in Bjärred is at the end of a landing stage, 600 Meters in the sea. If you think this is not amazing enough, guess what makes it even better? Directly from the hot Sauna you can take the stairs into the water! That makes you feeling your blood circulation very well. 😉

Kallbadhus in Bjärred: http://www.bjerredssaltsjobad.se

What do you do after Sauna? Of course: enjoy a cold beer. Where? Of course: in the restaurant, right next to the sauna, in the middle of the sea. Do you think that isn´t amazing? Well, then you maybe get impressed by the hundred of Swans that stay there over the winter. With the light from the Sauna it makes the evening even more marvellous.

Sunset and Swans in Bjärreds Kallbadhus with the view towards Malmö and the Öresund bridge.
When you arrive by daytime it looks like this. Enjoying the sunset through the big windows of the sauna is just amazing. You will never forget this.

Leisure time activities around Alnarp

You may wonder what a student on a campus like Alnarp is doing in his/ her leisure time? If you think that – here in Alnarp, in the middle of fields – we only chill in the park, next to the lecture halls or go for falafel to Lomma or Lund then you are not right. There is plenty more to experience.

The advantage of Alnarp is that it is located near to very interesting cities. As I mentioned there is Lund, a small town full of student life and culture. On the other side there is Malmö, a bit bigger in size and with interesting places to go as well. For instance have we been in a small cafe, near the Slottet (castle), where you can sit in a cozy old greenhouse with wooden tables and a stove in the corner. There you can experience a nice Fika with Kanelbullar (see https://blogg.slu.se/agroecology/2018/09/30/fika-with-friends/) or Semla (another Swedish traditional pastry) and have some rest from the freezing wind outside.

Follow the Link for more information about the cafe: http://slottstradgardenskafe.se
The nice little warming stove in the corner of the greenhouse at Slottsträdgårdens Kafe.

To the right you can see the little stove that helps heating up the greenhouse in the winter time. But probably in summertime the Slottsträdgården is worth a visit. Don´t miss it, when you are around in Malmö.

Another good thing you can do here in the region is to visit Copenhagen. It takes only one hour by train to go there, because of the famous Öresund-bridge that connects Sweden with Denmark (Malmö-Copenhagen). Copenhagen is a lively city with a lot to experience as well. Just one example is the great concert venue VEGA where we have been recently at a concert of an Australian singer, Matt Corby. Almost every day you can visit concerts of amazing artists there and in a lot more places around Copenhagen and Malmö.

VEGA impressed us so much, because the entire building is held in 60´s/ 70´s style with original interior and wood-covered walls. Above the concert hall there is a gallery where you can sit on old wooden folding chairs, like in a theatre. This setting, in contrast with amazing contemporary artists and a well mixed sound, makes up an unforgettable experience.

Matt Corby and Band in the venue VEGA, Copenhagen.