NORDPLUS – which is the Nordic equivalent of ERASMUS+ – has just granted support to “Nordic Horticulture”, a staff and student exchange project developed by the Agricultural University of Iceland and involving 6 partner schools in 5 countries:
- The Agricultural University of Iceland (Lead partner)
- Green Academy Aarhus (Denmark)
- Hvilan utbildning (Sweden)
- Axxell Utbildning Ab (Finland)
- Räpina School of Horticulture (Estonia)
- Kold College (Denmark)
The project lasts for one year during which the partnership will organize two major events in Denmark and in Iceland, both of them with a focus on new trends and technologies within modern horticulture. In the autumn of 2016 Green Academy Aarhus will host a 7-day seminar containing three workshops on landscaping, plant production and floristry.
In the spring 2017 the partners will meet in Iceland and focus on techniques special for the host school, the region or the country. The five workshops in Iceland are dedicated to landscaping (building walls with a mixture of lava stones and turf in a traditional Icelandic way), plant production (growing mixed crop in limited space), greenhouse production (use of artificial sunlight in greenhouses over the dark winter periods), forestry (preparing eroded soil for future planting) and organic production (soil quality).
Each partner will attend each of the events with 1 teacher and 6-7 students.
“We are very grateful for this opportunity to stage a really interesting programme for students and staff”, says project manager Ágústa Erlingsdóttir of the Icelandic Ag University. “Building a strong international network of Nordic and Baltic horticultural schools is important for the future quality of horticultural education. We certainly hope, that the “Nordic Horticulture” project marks an excellent start for such an initiative”, says Erlingsdóttir.
NORDPLUS is funded by the Nordic Council of Ministers and supports educational projects in the area of lifelong learning. More than 10.000 people in the Nordic and Baltic region benefit from it every year. The programme is simple, un-bureaucratic and easy to work with. Read more about NORDPLUS here.