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Farm successfully combines farming and activities for children
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Δευτέρα 08 Ιούν 2020

               Sylvia and Dimitar met at the University of Forestry, where they studied the intricacies of forestry in the distant 2000. After various jobs and occupations, years later, with the birth of children, the two considered creating their own farm. 5 years ago they rented foreign land, where they set up a bio-certified farm. They want to check if the permaculture method will work, because they have only read about it before. For them, this is a learning experiment. They do everything entirely with handy materials - tires, boards from the yard for the playground. Little by little, without large investments and without spreading much, they created the farm. And when they see how well it affects their children, the idea comes to them to make a place that is accessible to other kids. They started looking for the ideal option and found it three years ago. They create it exactly as they see it in their dreams. They make the most of all the opportunities they have. They start dealing with children and organizing children's programs, birthdays. Sylvia graduated from another university - "Non-formal education", and the farm, combined with a children's center, combines her two professional specialties.

                "We explain to children about the connections and relationships in nature, we give them the opportunity to spend more time in the natural environment, to learn not to be afraid of bugs and worms. Most children have almost no connection with the natural environment and this is like a novelty," tells Sylvia.

                The farm is 7 decares and holds all possible vegetables. The goal in permaculture is to have diversity - the more participants there are in a system, the more connections there are between them and the stronger and more sustainable it is. It includes plants, animals, terrain, water, natural features of the place. Fruit trees and vegetables are together. Everything is mixed and in the end an edible forest is obtained, as in nature.

                The trees provide shade, more shade-loving plants are planted around them. Fruits drop leaves, which act as mulch and protect the soil. Then the leaves begin to decompose and feed the plants. Herbs chase enemies, but attract bees. Everything is a natural ecosystem that is self-regulating and needs minimal intervention.

                "Plants are planted to help each other, to be friends. There are plants that are better company and grow together. Garlic and onions, for example, are natural antibiotics. Anything that suffers from fungus is good to grows in the company of onions and garlic, such as strawberries, "says Sylvia.

                The farm also raises chickens as part of the system. They play the role of a tractor that digs instead of people. In this method it is contraindicated to plow, dig and disturb the soil. Therefore, at the end of the season, in the autumn, when the produce is harvested, the farmers release the hens. The birds eat up all that is left, bury the remains, loosen the soil; fertilize and eat the eggs of bugs. In addition to its many functions - they also give eggs.

                Silvia and Dimitar sell the produced products in Burgas. Many of their customers prefer to come to the farm on site and even pick their own vegetables.

                And the problems they face? Sylvia says that when you have a dream, the universe helps you. And so it is with them - everything happens naturally. The right decisions come on their own - in the right place with the right people.

The transnational Cooperation Programme
Interreg V-B "Balkan-Mediterranean 2014-2020"
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