Students 2015 - 2017

Róisín Mortimer (Tasmania)

Róisín Mortimer
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Hi, my name is Róisín, and I’m one of the southern hemisphere students in our class – I’m from Tasmania (Australia). I came across this course while looking for something that would help me to combine my many interests, such as working with people to conserving the natural environment. On the formal side, I studied Ecology & Conservation Biology as well as International Studies, and worked in agricultural policy as well as community campaigning for environmental NGOs. I hope this course will help me to create positive, large-scale, environmental change through being able to understand the many different components required for this to happen.

Claire Delamare-Deboutteville (Basque country, France)

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Claire has a bachelor’s degree in Microbiology and Agrobiosciences from Toulouse III University. While doing an internship in Brazil, she witnessed rainforest destruction on a 5000 ha farm. She also experienced life in a food self-sufficient community in south France. She is interested in natural farming, and permaculture practices, seed availability and improving the livelihoods of farmers.

Caroline Berntsen (Norway)

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Caroline has a bachelor’s degree in Plant Science from NMBU, and is currently a master’s student in Agroecology at the same university. She has an increasing interest in developmental work and small-scale farming, especially in Asia, where she has travelled around and witnessed different local agricultural practices. In 2010, she spent 6 months volunteering on a biodynamic farm in England, where her interests in sustainability truly began. Her current passions include food waste reduction, urban agriculture, mixed farming methods and reducing meat & dairy consumption.

Sylvi Thorstenson (United States)

Sylvi Thorstenson
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I was introduced to Ecological Agriculture as part of my coursework in the Environmental Studies program at Wheaton College (IL), although in retrospect I was always mesmerized by the pages about a sandwich owing its existence to rock minerals in “The Science Book for Girls and Other Intelligent Beings.” I have great respect for the ecological farmers I have been privileged to know, as well as the work of The Land Institute (KS, USA). I am excited by the diversity of grains, and find perennial polyculture agriculture and Participatory Guarantee Systems (PGS) compelling.

Molly Bulger (United States)

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Howdy, I’m Molly! A life-changing class on the United States’ healthcare system back in 2010 propelled me out of pursuing a career in medicine and onto the path of working in agroecology and education as a means to address the horrendous public and environmental health situation in the United States. During my undergraduate years at the University of New Hampshire, I studied anthropology and spent a lot of time learning about the effects of globalization on indigenous farming communities in Latin America. After that, I worked wrangling children for two years, a.k.a. outdoor experiential education stole my heart, and I taught leadership, farming, food, as well as ecology topics at progressive non-profit organizations. I spend much of my time focusing on the question of, “How do we learn about agroecology?”

Ahmed Aldow (Sudan)

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I graduated with a bachelor’s degree in Agriculture Science (Agricultural Engineering) from the University of Khartoum in Sudan. After my graduation, I worked as a mathematics teacher for one year and worked at a voluntary organization in my country for some time. I am interested in small- scale farming, food sovereignty, food security, applying agroecology methods, agrobiodiversity, and conflict solutions in developing countries.  My ambition is to establish a non-profit organization for the small- scale farmers to give advice and training on new methods of farming. This would include: how to maintain soil fertility, decrease the use of synthetic pesticides, fertilizers and fuels, and cooperate with national and international organizes in the field of sustainable agriculture. This organization would also support tradition farming practices, which the local people have been using for many years.

Hedvig Bjørge (Norway)

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With a background in Development and Environmental Studies, the Master’s degree in Agroecology is a complementary addition to gain knowledge about agricultural systems around the world. I have field experiences with cotton production in India and tropical agriculture in Costa Rica. My passions are teaching or working with tropical agriculture. The course in Agroecology is great because it forces us to think subjectively and integrate social, economic and ecological perspectives into our learning. This course is ideal for someone who believes that an interdisciplinary approach is essential to feed the world’s growing population.

Florian Georgel (France)

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Florian Georgel has a bachelor’s degree in Agriculture, Food Technology and Environmental Science from the Ecole Supérieure d’Agriculture in Angers, France. He had worked on several conventional and organic farms in France, Germany and Ireland as a trainee or woofer. He also has 3 months of experience working with a French food processing company. He is concerned about climate change and the current society model. He wants to work for more sustainable agricultural practices such as agroforestry, permaculture, no-till system, and the use of companion plants or allelopathy.

Clara Zemsky (Belgium)

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Clara received her bachelor’s degree in Bioengineering (Environmental Sciences) from the Université Catholique de Louvain-la-Neuve in Belgium. During her time there, she coordinated conferences and media projects on North-South relations, which is how she discovered her interest for food sovereignty. She interned with Natura 2000, a European network that aims to preserve biodiversity, and wrote a report for this organization on the Fontainebleau forest. Her practical experience stems from wwoofing in Sweden on an organic berry farm. In the future, she plans to focus on soil fertility, resilience and participatory research in sub-Saharan Africa.  

Ellen Heggelund (Norway)

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With her background in public health, Ellen is naturally concerned with link between health and agriculture. Her aim is to one-day work with projects that involve food, agriculture, environment and health as a part of school curriculum. Ellen believes it is important to support farmers all over the world because their job is very important. While traveling, she has participated in farm activities in countries like Australia and Denmark. She is originally form Northern Norway, and has a special interest in Norwegian and Arctic agriculture.

Benoit Galaup (France)

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Benoit has a Superior Technician Certificate in Agriculture, and now he completing both his Agricultural Engineering degree from the Ecole d'Ingénieurs de Purpan and a Master of Sciences in Agroecology offered by the Norwegian University of Life Sciences and ISARA (Lyon). Benoit completed internships on an organic peach orchard in Colorado (US), and in several different French farms (market gardening, horticulture, grape-growing, and beef cattle rearing) where he studied the farming system and suggested improvements. He also studied intercropping strategies in the French national institute for agricultural research. He is particularly interested in innovative and sustainable farming practices, such as intercropping or agroforestry, integrated pest management and agricultural engineering.

Asia Peureux (France)

 

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I grew up in the French Alps, but after a trip to Burkina Faso I decided to go to the US for a bachelor in International Agriculture in Development, during which I started getting experience in organic farming. After spending a semester in India working with an NGO promoting organic agriculture, I decided to start the master of agroecology to pursue new interests: urban agriculture, agricultural policy, etc. I am currently particularly interested in the factors (ideology, education, policies) that influence farmers to run their farms in a particular way, and how they can be changed.

Cornelius Johannes van Blerk (South Africa)

Up until the day I packed my bags to come to Norway, I had spent most of my time wearing flip-flops in the sunshine of Southern Africa.  While working as an overland tour guide, I developed a deep connection with nature and the people living in close proximity to it.  My fascination with the natural world and curiosity of the systems that shape it resulted in many sleepless hours of wondering, so I decided to study zoology for my bachelor’s degree.  After a few more years of wandering, I stumbled upon the Agroecology master’s course at NMBU.  I have no prior experience in farming or food systems, but I have a keen interest in how humanity could feed itself in the future. The action oriented approach to studying complex phenomena, along with all the other tools we are taught in this course, are of great value to me on my quest to become a successful agent of change.

Eliana Levy (United States)

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Eliana previously studied Environmental Science & Policy at Smith College, Massachusetts. She is interested in sustainable food systems, farming practices, agricultural policy and social/gender equality. Her previous internship and job experience includes small-scale organic farming, environmental news & journalism, urban bicycle advocacy, and commercial food production.

Blandine Chieze (France)

Blandine Chieze
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Hi, French student here! I have been studying at ISARA-Lyon for the last three years, and enrolled in Agroecology to study the environment and agriculture through a multi-disciplinary approach. This course encourages us to see interconnections between different subject areas, and try to see and understand the whole picture before making any judgments. Cooking and tasting are my favorite hobbies, and I also like playing video games, biking, horseback riding and hiking in nature.

Ann Kristin von Saurma Jeltsch  (Germany)

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Ann has a bachelor’s degree in Agriculture, with a major in management of resources from the Georg August University in Göttingen. During her bachelor’s, she gained practical experience from internships on several conventional and organic farms in Germany and Norway. She also worked for the biodynamic association and Oikos økologisk Norge in Oslo. Currently, she is completing a master’s degree in Organic Agriculture at the University of Kassel and is visiting the Agroecology program as an exchange student. She has a strong interest in animal welfare, farm based education, biodynamic farming, permaculture and alternative food systems.

Maria Baudonnel Underdal (Norway)

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Hi, my name is Maria. I come from a goat farm situated in a tiny village in the Sognefjord. My bachelor’s degree is in International Environmental and Development Studies, and I wrote about how increased use of grasslands can enhance sustainability in ruminant production systems and support multifunctionality in Norwegian agriculture. I am interested in animal welfare, the human-nature relationship and how humans can be a positive force in relation to the environment. In my master’s program, I want to focus on sustainability in Norwegian goat production systems.

Published 12. January 2017 - 9:47 - Updated 18. May 2017 - 9:34