Education, Environment, Environment, Innovation, Entrepreneurship, Rural development

Developing Young City Farmers & Craftsmen


Who is behind this?

Stanimira Hadjimitova

Gender Project for Bulgaria Foundation (GPF)


Who is joining forces?

GTF – Initiative for Sustainable Growth


Balkan Agricultural Academy


Idea Sketch | Proposal


Idea pitch

Pupils aged 8 – 13 from Urban areas (60 from Sofia and 45 from Zagreb) will visit farms in Rural areas (Sofia region, Trun Municipality in BG and Lika - Traditional Craft Center Otocac in Croatia) to see food chain (wheat/einkorn farm – grinding grain- kneading dough for bread – baking bread - Milk/ diary Cattle Ranch) and eco-agricultural production; traditional crafts, innovative recycling of wool/examples of green entrepreneurship. Results will be shared at Sofia conference.

Where will your idea take place?

Sofia, Bulgaria and Zagreb, Croatia

Why does Europe need your idea?

Students in big cities’ schools do not receive practical knowledge of life to equip them for making appropriate decisions later. Farm visits are dispelling children's deep ignorance about where the food they eat comes from, challenge many children's belief that milk comes from bottles and that bread comes from a packet, challenge stereotype that a farmer can be a woman; fitted in with many curriculum areas like literacy, mathematics, science, art, design and technology, etc.

What is your impact?

This type of practical agricultural education through personal experience will give children special knowledge to broaden their horizons and will orient them lately to possible professions; links between generations will be strengthened; as well as tolerance between different social communities. Youth will start understanding and respecting much more the labor of rural people. They will also gain knowledge about healthy food and food contents that can damage their health.

How do you get there?

A pilot project within the frame of the networks BG WoRD and SEE WoRD. First steps are: contact primary schools, to explain the idea, to inspire the school principals, teachers and parents to allow kids take part in this experience. GPF and GTF will motivate farmers to take part in the field education; organize visits, plan “a day at a farm/ in the village”. An expert from the Balkan Agricultural Academy will do the additional training on “reading” the label signs and on what elements to take care of. The project results will be presented at a final conference in Sofia with institutions and members of the BG WoRD network. GTF Zagreb experts will share their innovative experience in the project „EKO LIKA” – WOOL REUSE CENTER. GPF will manage whole process for outlining further steps.

What is your story?


Who are you doing it for?

Pupils aged 8-13; school principal and teachers; parents; farm management; media, BG WoRD members, society in Bulgaria and Croatia

What makes your idea stand apart?

The project idea has practical relevance and a clear relationship to the everyday life of people in Europe. We invest in youth development as an active and knowledgeable citizens. The uniqueness is in the combination of school experience with that of the real life. Peer to peer communication (pottery experience) will put the kids in quite unusual situation for them - taking care for other “city kids” and thus together contribute to the sustainable development both of the city and the village.

€ 49815,-

Funding requested from Advocate Europe

€ 54515,-

Total budget

Major expenses

40355 = Material costs, incl. 6700 - travel costs, 1995-subsistance, 13330-events costs,10600-fees, 2530-public relations, 500-unforseen, 4700-office expenses. Personal costs = 14160

What do you need from the Advocate Europe community?

Any kind will be welcome! If someone is executed similar activities, will be happy to exchange experience and collaborate.


Gender Project

Idea created on March 7, 2016
Last edit on Oct. 30, 2017

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