One whole summer in honor of the short chain

In the last days, everything returned to normal at the farm of Gebroders Vercammen here in Belgium. Normal? Well, the markets slowly begin to get going and the catering industry tries to start its business. Meanwhile our guests at the social farm begin to return! The summer lies ahead of us, schools are organizing their graduating parties. This means more activities, of course in line with the Corona-regulations, and saying goodbye to our interns. July and august are [...]

2020-07-04T10:00:21+02:00July 4th, 2020|gebroeders vercammen, News|

The countryside should not be aging, but regenerating

In rural areas like the Altiplano in Southern Spain there are many challenges of which graying and outmigration of young people are very important ones. As more and more people leave the small villages many of the facilities of these villages close too. We see all around us that schools close, supermarkets, and bars.  People leave for many reasons like lack of jobs, livelihoods, opportunities and inspiration. At La Junquera we try to be an example for people [...]

2020-06-29T16:43:25+02:00June 29th, 2020|La Junquera, News|

Learning to See What Bees Do

In our multifunctional farm we try to find inspiration for the various educational workshops, from what we have around us. The month of June which marks the transition from spring to summer, and gives all the beautiful new colors to Masseria Redenta. In such period, we have created a laboratory on the colors of bees. You might not know, but bees do not see colors like humans: they confuse black with red (they do not visit flowers of [...]

2020-06-24T12:31:26+02:00June 24th, 2020|Masseria Redenta, News|

EU’s Farm to Fork strategy: the Path towards a More Sustainable Europe

On May 20, the European Commission has presented its newer flagship food policy Farm to Fork (F2F), confirming the intention of further focusing on the sustainability of European food chains. The F2F strategy is so far divided into 27 actions, organized by four macro areas: i) Sustainable Food production, ii) Sustainable Food processing and Distribution, iii) Sustainable Food Consumption, and iv) Food Loss & Waste Prevention. One can see the pattern, or rather, the “shape” of such conceptualization, [...]

2020-05-27T09:01:07+02:00May 29th, 2020|News, Tinada|

Last updates on the Etomato project

Despite the difficulties and uncertainties of the historical moment we are experiencing, the eTOMATO project does not stop and all the partners keep working together.  The partners are completing the training materials for the e-learning course, both the introduction course and the single e-learning course on the different MA fields addressed by the project: Rural tourism, Social and didactical farming, Short food supply chain.  During the last virtual project meeting, University of Foggia presented Kahoot! a free game-based [...]

2020-05-27T08:55:28+02:00May 27th, 2020|News, Valuedo|

HOW TRANSPARENT short food supply chains are?

You definitely have heard about transparency and how it is considered to be a key priority on the European agenda to enhance farmers’ position in the food supply chain. Market transparency is identified as a tool to foster effective conditions of competition along the food supply chain by reducing current information asymmetries. Farmers have rather limited price/supply/demand information, whereas their prices are transparent. This information gap undermines farmers’ trust in food supply chains and hampers their decision making.  In the [...]

2020-05-22T11:51:11+02:00May 22nd, 2020|News, UGent, Universities|

Zaara Estate – an example of the development of multifunctional agriculture

The wine and gourmet tourism is a way to extend the tourist season - in the winter and in the summer in Bulgaria. This is a potential opportunity to attract additional income for the people from the branch, and respectively in the budget of the country. Wine tourism in Bulgaria is expanding because enterprising winemakers and hoteliers begin to appreciate the potential in this business. Bulgarian wine tourism goes both ways - winemakers who build special places for [...]

2020-05-20T09:50:06+02:00May 20th, 2020|AUP, News, Universities|

eTOMATO CONTINUES TO OPERATE, ALSO IN TIMES OF PANDEMIC

The Spanish rural areas have been going through a very difficult situation for several years now. Lack of institutional attention, flight from young people, fewer services... The lack of competitiveness and the little support received have generated a situation in which new forms and work approaches are necessary to relaunch Spanish economy. In fact, this year 2020 has been the most demanding for this sector, and in February in Granada it was the protagonist of the largest demonstration [...]

2020-05-08T09:23:51+02:00May 8th, 2020|News, UGR|

eTOMATO partners collaborates with the Society for Ecology Restoration

La Junquera has been in quarantine for the last month but this has not stopped us from being active with our projects. Now more than ever it is important to diversify our farming practices as we see all over Europe that it is hard for farmers to keep their heads above water as supply chains are challenged, tourists have disappeared and education has come to a halt. On our farm we are lucky to be able to continue [...]

2020-04-21T11:20:29+02:00April 23rd, 2020|Farmers, La Junquera, News|

Life on our farm in times of Corona – a Belgian experience

It was seven years ago when we decided to choose the life on a farm. But not without a decent plan of approach. We would grow different kinds of vegetables and plants, so we would be able to harvest during the entire year. That way, we would lower the damage by bad or too good weather. This isn’t a 100% successful, but the past few years we stayed avoided a great of damage due to the weather. A [...]

2020-04-15T12:51:06+02:00April 20th, 2020|gebroeders vercammen, News|