OUR CORE VALUES AND BELIEFS
We inspire people’s daily lives.
We develop innovative ways to convey knowledge.
We encourage playfulness and discovery.
We are committed to delivering outstanding quality.
We work for profit, but profit from work that benefits humanity and our planet.
AYA farmery is a wellbeing and lifestyle company from Switzerland, with a commercial, cultural and environmental mission. Valuable knowledge collected from previous generations, as well as new discoveries, are shared both online and offline. This is passed on for us to cherish today through products, experiences and stories.
The seeds for AYA farmery were sown nine centuries ago, at the Benedictine convent Fahr, on the banks of the river Limmat in Zurich, Switzerland. For hundreds of years, Benedictine monasteries served as agricultural colleges for their regions. In Zurich, the Fahr convent ran a women’s agricultural school with a diverse curriculum including crafts, cooking, health, gardening, agricultural accounting and law, as well as household farm management. In 2013, it closed its doors for economic and staffing reasons.
AYA farmery was founded to carry this legacy into the future; learning from the past is a key component of meaningful innovation. AYA’s roots are grounded in the practical knowledge taught by the nuns and other teachers, interwoven with nature and science, to create a hybrid approach for the future.
Alexandra – biodiversity enthusiast and food lover – has a background in farming and business administration. When she’s not working on strategy and innovation processes, you’re bound to find her in the garden or the kitchen. She holds a Ph.D. from St. Gallen University and completed a regenerative agricultural and farm school at the 900-year-old Benedictine convent in Fahr, Switzerland. This experience sparked her passion to meld traditional sustainability practices and heritage with modern lifestyles and health concerns.
Marina holds a bachelor’s degree in German studies and history from the University of Zurich and a CAS in “Food Sociology and Nutrition” from the ZHAW. She has been working in the field of communication and content management, and as a German language teacher, for several years. In her free time, she enjoys nature, be it on foot, with a surfboard, skis, a mountain bike or with a yoga mat. Marina is very interested in how we can live in harmony with nature, particularly in the field of nutrition.
Annabelle is an interior designer with a background in branding, spatial installations and event design, who creates spaces with multi-sensory touchpoints to intensify user experiences. She has a Design Management degree from HSLU and also graduated from Parson’s School of Design in New York. Annabelle‘s passion for music has led her to explore the relationship between space, gender and sound. Her unique approach to the design process allows her to imagine, write and translate stories into immersive experiences, often tied to the narrative of queer- and pop-cultural realms.
The asset manager who regularly burns her fingers – but only in the kitchen. Her greatest passions are eating, cooking and feeding the people around her. How to make her happiest? Set her loose at a food market and pick her up at nightfall! When Finia isn’t writing about food, she’s pondering the recipe for perfect happiness in life – she currently thinks that hummus, dogs and a good dose of sarcasm are the main ingredients.
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