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Meet Odelya Matter! – Dickinson Faculty Natural Farm

Meet Odelya Matter, an alternate scholar from the Arava Institute whose learning at Dickinson this semester and dealing on the Faculty Farm this summer time! Odelya is initially from Jerusalem, Israel however has traveled extensively. Her first expertise on a farm was on Hava Ve’Adam, a permacultural academic farm in Modi’in, Israel. After learning permaculture, Odelya lived within the desert and later was a ranger on a nature reserve on the border of Lebanon. As a method to journey and go to new locations, Odelya determined to make use of a world database known as Workaway, a neighborhood program for journey alternate, working holidays, and volunteering. As a part of Workaway, she travelled to totally different farms throughout Europe, primarily Portugal, and later to the Sahara Desert, together with a Berber neighborhood in Morocco the place she volunteered. Whereas travelling, Odelya was within the totally different neighborhood organic and human range and learning activism by means of non-conventional agriculture. Impressed by these observations, she subsequent organized a delegation of volunteers she met travelling to work on the island of Lesvos, which acts as a hall for refugees from the Center East and West Africa looking for asylum in Europe. Everybody did totally different jobs and Odeliya’s was to show music, facilitate inventive areas, and do security and rescue missions from the shore.

Odelya with child purple bok choy grown in a hyper arid zone
Mud construction in an off-grid neighborhood in Portugal

On the Arava Institute in Israel, Odelya studied the social facets of environmental research with an emphasis on farming in a hyperarid zone, specializing in the political ecology and environmental politics of the area. The Arava Institute for Environmental Research is an environmental research and analysis institute within the Center East that homes accredited educational packages, analysis facilities, and worldwide cooperation initiatives specializing in a variety of environmental issues and challenges.

Odelya is coming to Dickinson for a semester learning a number of totally different subjects after which for the summer time farm internship as a part of an alternate program the farm participates in with the Arava Institute. Odelya is wanting ahead to the nice studying alternatives right here in addition to the prospect to get to expertise totally different views and approaches to politics and the setting. She’s additionally wanting ahead to experiencing farming within the spring and summer time seasons on the faculty farm and is trying to acquire farming expertise and meet some nice new individuals! Odelya has already loved alternatives to study and meet new individuals on the latest Pennsylvania Affiliation of Sustainable Agriculture (PASA) Convention in Lancaster this previous month.

Long run, Odelya has severe targets to create connections with different individuals, as she thinks reference to others is straightforward when “layers are peeled off.” One other important objective of hers is to handle the Israeli occupation by means of human interplay, and never by means of the display.

Odelya collaborating in a permaculture course studying a way known as hugelkultur



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