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Karl König Archive Series

Social Farming

Healing Humanity and the Earth

May 2014
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  • Publisher
    Floris Books
  • Published
    9th May 2014
  • ISBN 9781782500582
  • Language English
  • Pages 240 pp.
  • Size 5.5" x 8.5"

“The task is to create a form of social life by which the soil, the plants, the animals are in harmony with each other.” —Karl König

König was deeply concerned for the relationship between our Earth and humanity, as well as how landscape, plants, and animals contribute to that relationship. This book presents sixteen lectures and essays by König that explore the interconnections among biodynamics, domestic animals, elemental beings, and many other aspects of farming and agriculture, all the while searching for ways that harmony and balance can be achieved in relation to human needs.

This book includes a revised edition of material previously published in Earth and Man.

Karl König

Karl König (1902–1966) was born in Vienna, in Austria-Hungary, the only son of a Jewish shoemaker. He studied medicine at the University of Vienna and graduated in 1927, with a special interest in embryology. After graduating, he was invited by Ita Wegman to work in her Klinisch-Therapeutisches Institut, a clinic in Arlesheim, Switzerland for people with special needs. He married Mathilde Maasberg in 1929. Dr. König was appointed paediatrician at the Rudolf Steiner-inspired Schloß Pilgrimshain institute in Strzegom, where he worked until 1936, when he returned to Vienna and established a successful medical practice. Owing to Hitler's invasion of Austria, he was forced to flee Vienna to Aberdeen, Scotland, in 1938. Dr. König was interned briefly at the beginning of World War II, but on his release in 1940 he set up the first Camphill Community for Children in Need of Special Care at Camphill on the outskirts of Aberdeen. From the mid-1950s, König began more communities, including one in North Yorkshire, the first to care for those beyond school age with special needs. In 1964, König moved to Brachenreuthe near Überlingen on Lake Constance, Germany, where he set up another community, where he died in 1966.