Lighthouse Farm Academy

Join our Lighthouse Farm Academy on the future of farming and sustainable farms. Discover the transformative concepts of future farming, creating resilient and profitable agricultural businesses in collaboration with nature.

Organised by Wageningen Academy

Thu 30 November 2023

Price EUR 4,500.00

Premium fee: EUR 5,500

Course opens:
- November 2023

- March 2024

Please state in the remarks field whether you wish to start in November 2023 or March 2024.

Why follow this programme?

Join the Lighthouse Farm Academy to gain valuable insights from successful pioneering farms around the world, illuminating diverse pathways for sustainable agriculture in 2050. They typically represent various agricultural sectors, such as industrial, smallholder, women-led, and organic. By participating in our programme, you will tap into the expertise of these farms.

Lighthouse Farms around the world serve as beacons : They are already successful, profitable farms, because they have found radically new solutions to operate sustainably in and with the global food system.
Rogier Schulte, programme leader & professor Farming Systems Ecology

Blended programme
The Lighthouse Farm Academy is a blended programme, combining an online component, individual coaching resulting in a personalised action plan and an immersive on-site experience, called the Lighthouse Farm Lab. It adheres to the highest academic standards while grounding the knowledge in practical farm experiences.

Using the concepts of 'scaling up', 'scaling deep', and 'scaling wide', we'll provide examples and science-based insights to help you make informed decisions and drive real change in the industry. Gain the knowledge and experiences necessary to navigate the challenges and opportunities of sustainable farming.

Join us at the Lighthouse Farm Academy and become part of a community dedicated to shaping the future of farming for a more sustainable world!

Is this programme for you?

During this programme, you will be equipped with knowledge of the diversity of solutions that are needed and attainable. Also, insights into your role and the contributions you can make to initiate transitions are addressed.

  • Mid- to high-level professionals along the entire supply chain within the global food system
  • Professionals who can make a change and set agendas towards a more sustainable food system (or are willing to make a change, but not sure what will be the right path in their specific situation)
  • The circle around the farmers (suppliers, bankers, water board members, government officials, consultants etc.)

Learning with and from your peers is very important, so participants must be open to being part of a new diverse community, and open for unexpected collaborations (needed to find the right solution).

Programme & topics

By joining Lighthouse Farm Academy you can expect to gain structured knowledge and broaden your tools by learning about different concepts of future scenarios in agrifood. This will help you achieve your individual goals and drive your career.

Online component

The online component is crucial in the LHFA programme. (mandatory, EUR 500.-)

During this series of courses you will learn the fundamentals of the Lighthouse Farm concepts, understand methodologies, tools and different approaches. It consist of four modules, accompanied by readings, self-tests, and discussion groups with your cohort.

Four online modules

  1. Stories of Lighthouse Farms
  2. Indicators of Success
  3. Beyond Sustainability / 'Five Shades of Green'
  4. Transitions

Individual Coaching

As part of the online component, you may choose to partner up with a individual coach. (optional, but highly recommended, EUR 1.000.-)

From the start, your coach will guide you to help to internalize learnings into your own role in the value chain. With your coach advising you along the way, you will write an Action Plan on how to apply the gained knowledge and skills in your personal professional context.

Lighthouse Farm Lab Field Trip

After finishing the online component (mandatory), you can choose to partake in the highlight of the programme: the Lighthouse Farm Lab. (optional, but highly recommended, EUR 4.000.-)

This is a 5-day immersive field trip to that Lighthouse Farm, which theme is most relevant to your professional circumstance. Here, you will see best practice action: an already successful, financially viable and sustainable farm, functioning in and with the food system.

Lighthouse Farm Lab locations

2024 February – Indonesia – scaling innovations across communities
2024 May – Brasil - managing complexity in diverse landscape
2024 June – Finland – building circular food system
2024 September – Austria – organic farming
2024 November – Spain – regeneration / rejuvenation

Learn more about the Lighthouse Farms
For more inspiration about the individual Lighthouse Farms, check out the Lighthouse Farm Network. These Lighthouse Farms will serve as the basis for the interactive group work.

More information & registration

Register for the Lighthouse Farm Academy or download the flyer.

Please state in the remarks field whether you wish to start in November 2023 or March 2024.