Development of Latvian-Estonian network for demons.. (Demo Farm)
Development of Latvian-Estonian network for demonstration of environmentally friendly farming practices/DEMO FARM.
Start date: Sep 30, 2009,
End date: Sep 29, 2011
The project is aimed at development of Latvian – Estonian network for demonstration of environmentally friendly farming practices. Following an open competition in both countries, a network of economically most successful and environmentally friendliest farms has been established. Altogether 20 successful farms (10 in each country) were selected and further provided with training and necessary practical adjustments to serve as demonstration farms for visitors. The status of a demonstration farm means that the farm can be visited as a good example by other farmers, field experts, as well as general public and media. Achievements: The selected farm owners got a chance to engage in series of joint practical training, as well as received farm management plans prepared by experts for each individual farm, providing economic and environmental analysis and suggesting new practices towards even more sustainable farming. Demonstration capacity was strengthen for the farms through trainings on environment, nature protection, economical aspects and visitor treatment, as well as basic Estonian and Latvian language lessons. There have been exchange trips organized for the Latvian farmers to Estonia and Estonians to Latvia, during which the participants could already apply their new knowledge - also ask about the farm animals in the other language. Networking activities have been very crucial part of the project.Apart from the selected demonstration farms, the project “Demo Farm” has also collected the best experience in the field of nature friendly and economically sustainable farm management in Latvia and Estonia, to be distributed in a published format as recommendations for sustainable farming.More information please find at: http://www.estlat.eu/programme/supported-projects/?project=21
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