Agriculture and Young Farmers in the US: What’s the Matter?

So far, the eTOMATO project has discussed plenty on what is the State of The Art for Multifunctional Agriculture in Europe. We shall now understand what is about in the rest of the world and what can we learn from it. We have often addressed that major of the work for Multifunctionality has been undergone by small farmers, and that multifunctional agriculture helps in some issues of biodiversity preservation, social empowerment, and economic stability which get more difficult [...]

2019-07-19T12:34:54+02:00July 19th, 2019|Farmers, News|

Farming Business: This is How We Do It

One of the challenges of these times is that farms can no longer rely on agriculture alone to earn their income. As climate change increasingly affects yields, farmers must diversify their farming practices to survive. Therefore, young people are looking for options in addition to managing their farms that can provide the additional income needed to have a decent life in the field. In La Junquera, Murcia, Spain, The Regeneration Academy organized the first sustainable entrepreneurship course for [...]

2019-07-09T20:33:02+02:00July 1st, 2019|Farmers, News|

 Masseria Redenta, honey tasting workshops

In the context of the multifunctional activities of  Masseria Redenta, honey tasting workshops are held, in order to give consumers all the information necessary for the correct consumption of the products, and correct information on food labeling. Honey is not just a sweetener to be enjoyed in milk at breakfast or useful for sweetening teas and herbal teas, but a product with a thousand facets, with amazing aromatic and organoleptic variations. Its use in the kitchen can therefore [...]

2019-07-09T20:26:06+02:00June 17th, 2019|Farmers, News|

Exporting the eTOMATO project: UNIFG at the IFKAD Conference

The University of Foggia has participated to the International Forum on Knowledge Asset Dynamics, Matera on 5-7 June 2019. It has been an occasion to talk about entrepreneurship, knowledge alliances and obviously, eTOMATO. The efforts undertaken in order to support the development of a more competitive socio-economic environment are at stake in several sectors of our economy and society. Entrepreneurial universities apply concepts of knowledge management in order to reach the “third mission”, which has 3 dimensions: Technology [...]

2019-06-12T17:04:31+02:00June 12th, 2019|Meetings, News|

Precision Agriculture: SPARKLE Project and The Future of Farming

Several Erasmus+ projects are trying to bridge universities and farmers in a productive dialogue, allowing them to exchange knowledge and competences: this to give the tools for rural actors to face future challenges. The SPARKLE project (“Sustainable Precision Agriculture: Research and Knowledge for Learning how to be an agri-Entrepreneur”) similarly to eTOMATO has been funded by Erasmus+ and started in 2018. The project tackles the future of the agriculture sector from various points of view with a business-oriented [...]

2019-06-06T17:18:14+02:00June 6th, 2019|News|

The farmers marketplace of restaurants

Quality ingredients for the HoReCa industry Supp.li is a marketplace that connects small and medium producers with restaurants(https://www.supp.li/en/) and brings innovation to food supply chains. Small and medium producers of quality ingredients can upload their fresh and processed food products to the marketplace, which can then be ordered by restaurants and chefs. Supp.li controls the quality of the uploaded food produts and also takes care of the entire logistics. Supp.li current supply in Central-Europe, but itslong term [...]

2019-07-09T20:58:41+02:00June 6th, 2019|News, Universities|

eTOMATO 2nd Project Meeting in Ghent

On the 21st and 22nd of May the eTOMATO consortium has been welcomed by a chill but sunny weather in the Belgian city of Ghent. The University of Ghent (UGENT) has hosted the 2nd project meeting to which all the partners have participated. Despite the projects have come into action just from a few months, the topics to be discussed were several: starting from the finalization of the data collection from students, farmers, stakeholders, through questionnaires and focus [...]

2019-05-28T18:03:29+02:00May 26th, 2019|Meetings, News|

Surveys, Focus Groups, and Data Collection in eTOMATO: Some Initial Results

The University of Granada (UGR), together with the universities of Foggia (Italy), Ghent (Belgium) and Plovdiv (Bulgaria), is implementing the Work Package 1 of the e-TOMATO project, which aims to recognize and identify learning needs in multifunctional agriculture, to later implement a training course on the subject. In this initial phase, three different profiles have been identified as working groups: university students related to the territory, agriculture, the environment and tourism disciplines; business, social and academic experts related [...]

2019-05-28T18:05:54+02:00May 20th, 2019|News, Senza categoria, Universities|

Gerzovitsa Prison Farm – a Farm with Social Functions

As we like to reiterate in the eTOMATO project, to the idea of Multifunctionality one can link the concepts of Social Farming. This article presents a Bulgarian example on this. "Gerzovitsa" is the name of the area where the prison and the prisoners' farm are located in Smolyan, a region presenting an altitude of 1400 meters. Animals are raised in open fields and are fed with grass which have not been fertilized with chemicals. The area is distanced [...]

2019-05-28T18:00:25+02:00May 14th, 2019|Farmers, News|

Adapting to real needs: eTOMATO, SFSCs, and the Apulia Regional Legislation

The partners of eTOMATO believe that at the very basis of a successful project lies its capability to understand the scenario of their operational work, and to efficiently undertake actions within it. eTOMATO has been inspired by the recent matters of “KM O”, or Short Food Supply Chains (SFSCs). This concept helps understaning surely why Multifunctional Agriculture is important to those new farmers who cannot afford to place all their eggs in the basket of commodities’ market, on [...]

2019-05-13T19:59:25+02:00May 13th, 2019|News, Universities|