Director Gudrun Galloway says goodbye

Oranienburg.Gudrun Glauy’s handwriting has shaped the work of the Luisenhof Agricultural School in Oranienburg since 1996. After more than 45 years of work, the now 65-year-old is over: on May 31, she will hand over the official mission to her successor, Andrea Weil. “I come from a farming family and also learned the profession of agricultural chemistry,” Gudrun Glaway looks back at the beginning of her career.

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Agriculture defines Gudrun Galloway’s life from an early age

Growing up in Teschendorf, she discovered her passion for agriculture early on, and even her apprenticeship was followed by a degree in agricultural chemistry. In 1979, the graduate engineer in agrochemistry took a position in the official service for plant protection in what was then the Oranienburg County Administration – she remained loyal to the position until German reunification.

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“After the reunion, all the staff in the area were laid off and you had to reapply,” she recalls. She then decided to work at the Land Consolidation Office in Brieselang. “I found my way back to the Department of Agriculture through the Land Registry Office in Oranienburg.”

The agricultural school Luisenhof offers a wide range of training

When the position of head of the agricultural school became vacant in 1996, Gudrun Glawe successfully applied, and since then has been in charge of the educational institution dedicated to adult education. In order to master this new area of ​​responsibility, the 65-year-old returns to school and completes a degree in adult education. Although Gudrun Glawe and her colleagues have trained about 12,000 participants since 1990, the problem of finding new blood for professionals and executives is enormous. “This also applies to all professions.”

Gudrun Glawe (left) also gave his hand at the groundbreaking ceremony for the new TAZ – the school will move into its headquarters from summer 2023.

The scope of the agricultural school is large: farmers, housekeepers and horse keepers are trained there up to the degree of master craftsman. “This is a unique selling proposition for Brandenburg.” In addition, special courses such as sheep and bee keepers are offered. Gudrun Glaway smiles: “Of course, I had to learn that first, and it just didn’t get in my way.”

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“But thanks to my cultivation experience and training, I have the necessary respect and admiration for cultivation,” she says firmly. And: “Agriculture is simply different.” This is also reflected in the different lesson times: lessons start at 9 am and end of the day at 3.45 pm.

Luisenhof: “Lessons between milking times”

The principal smiles: “We always joke that lessons in the agricultural college take place between milking times.” “It’s been this way for 150 years.” What seems funny at first glance has a completely understandable background, as Gudrun Galloway explains: “The farm and the animals must be looked after in the morning, and everyone must be home in the evening.

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This is also reflected in the time when there are no classes: training is only provided between mid-September and mid-April – the least crowded time of the year for farmers. “Farmers don’t have time between spring plowing and corn harvest.”

Since 1996, Gudrun Galloway has formed

Since 1996, Gudrun Galloway has formed “Luisenhof” as director.

Gudrun Glawe has another piece of advice ready for anyone wanting to learn more about Luisenhof Agricultural School: “To celebrate its 150th anniversary, a book titled The School has been published,” she reveals.

The agricultural school will be integrated into the new TAZ Oranienburg

Another chapter will be added to the school’s history from summer 2023: after that a new Technology and Training Center (TAZ) for fire and disaster protection must be completed in the immediate vicinity, where the agricultural school will also move into its rooms. “The site was a poultry farm, so we will also stay at TAZ at the Luisenhof site,” the retiree reports soon.

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Even if Gudrun Galloway had only a few days left as principal – “May 31 is definitely my last day on the job” – she would stay with the agricultural school. “Over the next five years, I will be a member of the school’s examination boards,” she says, looking to the future. There’s still enough to do on your own farm in Löwenberger Land – grandson number four has also been announced for September. She is sure that it is “boring”, “it certainly wouldn’t be.”

Written by Stephanie Fechner

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