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Professor A. Thimmaiah presented a two-day workshop on Biodynamic Agriculture last month in Cissone, Italy, as well as speaking at a school and a university and networking with various individuals and organizations, including discussing internship opportunities for MUM students.

He was invited by AgriBio, an association of over 1,000 farmers who practice Biodynamic Agriculture in Italy, to speak about this approach to agriculture and his experiences in implementing organic agriculture in the country of Bhutan.

He also spoke about MUM and the Transcendental Meditation technique at this and the other venues.

“The members of AgriBio are very interested in learning the Transcendental Meditation technique, especially since Biodynamic Agriculture connects to the spiritual realm,” Dr. Thimmaiah said.

AgriBio is also interested in hosting MUM students for internships. This includes a 10-month certificate program in sustainable living that MUM is planning to offer beginning in January of 2017 that entails six months of fieldwork.

Dr. Thimmaiah also met with officials at the University of Gastronomic Sciences in Pollenzo, a university that has played a major role in founding the worldwide slow-food movement. Again, they’re keen to collaborate and connected Dr. Thimmaiah with the head of the slow-food movement in the U.S.

His trip also included talking to students at a high school in Asti, Italy — the first high school in Italy to introduce Biodynamic Agriculture and organic agriculture in the curriculum. And he spent two days at Cascina Degli Ulivi, a world-renowned winery that uses Biodynamic Agriculture. They, too, are interested in having students as interns.

Jim Karpen is a writer by trade, with a special focus on technology. He has a Ph.D. in English and studied the impact of the computerization of language. In addition to writing for iPhone Life magazine, he has also been writing a column about the Internet for the Iowa Source since 1994. He also edits and publishes the MUM Review.