04 December 2023

Terraé unveils its first portraits

Who are the farmers involved in Terraé, a network of 40 Walloon farms in agroecological transition?

What do they have to say about their profession? What meaning do they give to their daily actions? What does agroecology mean to them? Why are they part of this movement?

To answer these questions, portraits will soon be available on the Terraé network platform. These portraits are the result of an innovative approach. On the one hand, they mobilise complementary agronomic and sociological approaches. On the other hand, they combine five tools to collect data and communicate this content and analysis according to various modes of expression and understanding of the same subject.

The identity card profiles the person and his farm at a glance.

The co-constructed photo portrait presents the person behind the professional. The image reveals the elements that are important for expressing yourself and your profession.

The time curve traces the farmer's life story, taking into account the milestones and stages that are important to them. Far from being straight and unidirectional, this curve shows the trials, tribulations, turning points and choices made by the individual. Although an individualised representation, this picture will resonate with the reader's own experience.

This path outlines the farm and recounts what it means to devote your life to this work and this environment, immerse yourself in it, make it your own and give it a distinctive form. This is described in pictures and through the farmer's own voice. Using a GoPro camera, we immerse ourselves in this work space and its routines, while getting up close and personal with the main character.  By telling the story of the origins of their project to set up a farm, as well as the desire to pass on their farm, the skills and knowledge acquired and the driving forces behind their choice of actions in the move towards agroecology, the farmer reveals the link forged with the environment they live in, work in, and adapt to. This also includes expressing the debts and obligations to past and future generations.

As the text illustrates, this process of passing on now becomes an interaction, a compromise between a transferor and a transferee, but also with the human beings who have come before and will go after us. Passing on is more than just selling or buying a property or work space. It's also making an effort to actively listen to two life projects in contact that could become a reality thanks to a physical place, and that could be facilitated through agroecological practices.


Visit the Terraé platform for the public launch of the first of the six farmer portraits we'll be creating between now and 2025. They will be accompanied by farm portraits, focusing on the technical aspects of the agroecological transition.

Financing: Ministre de la Nature et de l’Environnement


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