Future-proofing small farms?

Are you a farmer, designer, artist, rural entrepreneur, other professional, or concerned citizen, interested in small farms and their futures? Then this forthcoming open collaborative network and platform is for you. muu-baa will bring together diverse voices that are interested in new modes of production to improve quality of life, offer viable livelihoods, and provide fresh perspectives for the future of farming, rural development and the countryside. The fundamental spirit of the network is to ask, ‘Why not?’, to be open, exploratory and experimental by developing and testing new ideas, products, services and experiences that will sustain present and future generations.

The network, to be launched in mid-July 2018 will facilitate the hybridization of practices, knowledge, know-how and do-how that can help future-proof our agri-cultural and rural communities. It aims to develop a framework for ideas, experiments and actions, a way forward by developing a series of models based upon concrete, tangible results that demonstrate future possibilities. It wishes to encourage diverse voices, practices, stories and futures.

muu-baa is a key part of the research project, What Could A Farm Be? It has been developed by a Focus Group, comprising farmers, professionals dealing with farming and rural development, artists, designers, academics, entrepreneurs, other professionals, and students from the Faculty of Design & Art, Unibz. Presently the Focus Group comprises:

  • Prof. Alastair Fuad-Luke, principal investigator (PI) and chair of the Focus Group, professor of design research, Faculty of Design & Art, Unibz.
  • Erica Boito, research support assistant to PI, artist and designer.
  • Dipl.-Ing. Joachim Hofmann – Regionalentwicklung, GRW Wipptal/Eisacktal m.b.H., LAG/GAL  Eisacktaler Dolomiten.
  • Hubert Ungerer, Koordinator LEADER Coordinatore, LAG/GAL Südtiroler Grenzland.
  • Astrid Weiss, dott. mag., Südtiroler Bauernbund, Leitung, Abteilung Innovation & Energie.
  • Raimund Lamprecht, Sabine Marsoner – farmers.
  • Lisa Mazza and Simone Mair, BAU.
  • Lukas Rungger, architekt, NOA* architecture network.
  • Angelika Burtscher, Lupo Burtscher.
  • Prof. Kris Krois, visual communications designer and leader of the Masters in Eco-Social Design;  Dr. Alvise Mattozzi, sociologist; Andrea Sebastianelli, Anita Ferrone Milone, Laura Heym, Magdalene Vögele – ex- and current Masters students – Faculty of Design & Art, Unibz.

Our doors are open to new Focus Group participants. Please email Prof. Alastair Fuad-Luke, Alastair.Luke@unibz.it


The Focus Group developed a Codex, a set of principles, for muu-baa, an network of agri-cultural explorations, as follows:




Circularity, circular economy and/or ‘leave-things-better-economy’



To find and explore new relationships to farming

To share openly and personally invite people to expand the Muu-Baa network

To make the outcomes and practices tangible and visible

To communicate with accessible language and be transparent


To combine knowledge and practices

To independently and collectively initiate experiments and explorations

To challenge current perspectives in farming and rural development



muu-baa – network per esplorazioni agri-culturali



Apertura a nuove idee


Economia circolare e/o “lasciare le cose meglio di come le si sono trovate”

(Bio) diversità


Esplorare nuove relazioni di e con l’agricoltura

Condividere con il network Muu-Baa e ampliare la rete invitando personalmente nuovi partecipanti

Rendere le pratiche e i risultati visibili e tangibili

Comunicare con un linguaggio accessibile e in modo trasparente


Combinare diversi saperi e pratiche

Avviare esperimenti ed esplorazioni in modo indipendente e in forma collettiva

Sfidare le prospettive attuali dell’agricoltura e dello sviluppo rurale



Muu-Baa – ein agrikulturelles Netzwerk für Erkundungen


Zirkularität, Kreislaufwirtschaft und / oder die Ökonomie des “Dinge besser hinterlassen, als sie vorgefunden wurden”


Neue Beziehungen zur Landwirtschaft finden und entdecken
Menschen offen und persönlich einladen, das Muu-Baa-Netzwerk zu erweitern
Die Ergebnisse und Praktiken greifbar und sichtbar machen
Mit barrierefreier Sprache kommunizieren und transparent sein

unser Wissen und unsere Praktiken zu kombinieren
unabhängig und kollektiv Experimente und Erkundungen zu initiieren
aktuelle Perspektiven in der Landwirtschaft und ländlichen Entwicklung herauszufordern


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