Youth Actions for Rural Future (YARF)
This is a Youth for Europe funded project, managed by Grampus Heritage and Training, U.K.
Devetaki Plateau Association is the Bulgarian partner. 48 young people from 6 countries are involved – U.K., Bulgaria /8 students from Devetaki Plateau area/, Cyprus, Romania, Estonia, Slovakia.
The young people met for 16 days in July 2010 in Ashgil, a small village in Cumbria, U.K., to discuss together with local youth and adults the positive and negative sides of rural life – traditional local skills and sustainable rural products, poor infrastructure and transport connections, migration of the well qualified young people, possibilities for business and low incomes.
There was a lively debate in the village hall, young people presented their fresh ideas and organized a fashion show from the trash that collected the applauses of the British guests.
Young people organized multinational workshops to create sustainable “green” products as well as their costumes for the fashion show. All together presented the “Agenda for change” to the local community, and later to the communities of their own countries.
LLP – Leonardo da Vinci
”Placement in organic agriculture and agri-tourism”
The project provides practical training to 10 people on the labor market from the area of the Devetaki Plateau on the following topics: development of organic agriculture and breeding and country tourism.
The main project goad is increasing the skills of the representatives of local communities in the fields of organic agriculture and agri-tourism, including:
- Practical training in preservation of traditional technologies for growing organic fruits and vegetables;
- Innovative practices in use of traditional skills for producing and marketing of organic food;
- Developing skill in creation and management of country guest houses;
- Good practices in use of EU funds for sustainable development of rural areas.
The placement took place in Fattoria Biologica PATRICE in Spoleto, Umbria, Italy for 3 weeks in September 2011. The farm is a good example with its divers activities in agriculture and tourism, based on local natural resources.