22 October 2012
The first day of the Eco Nomadic School in Höfen was spent on issues of producing, preserving and reserving, in short terms: on economy. The group was fairly international, with guests from Rumania, Hungary, Syria, Sweden, France Italy and of course a large group of women from Höfen. +++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++
The Eco Nomadic School goes Frankonia, 19 - 21 October 2012
16 September 2012
We spend a good two hours in the kitchen of the local Peasant Museum to turn Frankonian and Rumanian white cabbage into a number of dishes: sauerkraut, salad, stir fry and a bake.
The sauerkraut is now fermenting away in my parent's garage, and will be shared in the village later. Other outcomes include some sharp and helpful reminders of rural feminist action, new networks between urban and rural gardening initiatives, the exchange of many recipes and some good old group led sense of empowerment.
After the first international workshop in Höfen on clay and local production, we are braving a second visit and shared programme. This time in cooperation with the Agricultural Museum in Frensdorf and Heide Inhetveen from the Female Eduaction Centre in Sulzbürg. +++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++
Plans for 2012
02 June 2012
This time guests will be from France, the UK, Rumania, Sweden and of course Germany, and the motto is women and their economies in villages, from housekeeping and collective production spaces to setting up business and shops.
We are coming to Höfen for a Coffee and CAke session on the Friday afternoon, with the idea to also talk about how women made and kept money in the past.
A link the the full programme is here.
The workshop is part of the Eco Nomadic School, a follow up from the pan-European Rhyzom network.
myvillages.org is one of the four leading partners in the Eco Nomadic School.
It's the second time Höfen gets connected to cultural pan-european action. This time it is +++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++
Clay, clay, clay - finally canned.
01 July 2011
the Eco Nomadic School, a series of visits and workshops in Germany, France, Rumania and England.
For the Höfen visit I'm cooperating with the Peasant Museum Frensdorf and the sociologist Heide Inhetveen from Sulezbuerg. The plan is to look at rural womens' economies in the through visits, conversations, and making things together.
The last time the museum trip revealed quite a few new stories I hadn't heard before.
We've been talking clay, brainstorming clay, dicking clay. We have made tiles, pots and lots of small sculptures with clay. We had a clay spa evening and the list of what we could with it is long. The beauty of clay is its simplicity and for now the one I still have from our field is simply canned. That'll keep it for a while. +++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++
Höfer Goods going Northern Ireland
20 May 2011
I just sent two nice parcels with goodies from Höfen for a One Day International Village Shop in Ballykinler, near Belfast. They include the bestseller Butterspoons, some Doylee Bags, home made Schnaps and freshly potted clay. +++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++
public works has developed a new product with a group of women from the "Forever Young Pensioners" group, and there are quite a few Höfen - Ballykinler connections through the Rhyzom project, which also took place in both villages last year.