Estate on Vartovna (https://goo.gl/FJdJmJ)

Jasenná, Czech Republic, Thursday 6th of July

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A family estate in Vizovice hill, 5 ha of land, orchards, forest, pastures, garden. A young family from big city of Brno lives on this place for 9 years.

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Garden for the Future (https://goo.gl/DFQb4d)

Vizovice, Czech Republic, Thursday 6th of July

An example of a very diversified project of a permaculturist who supports himself by many ways.

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Revitalization projects, Šardice (https://goo.gl/HgErNp)

Šardice, Czech Republic, Friday 7th of July

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Petr Marada is professor of the Mendel's Agriculture University in Brno, and also counselor of the Czech Ministry of Agriculture. He implements many various projects of revitalization of the landscape, improving soil and water management and preserving wildlife, and is using governmental grants also as a source of self-support.

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Pangea, White-carpathian fruit treasure (https://goo.gl/H8fgdb)

(Nová Bošáca, Slovakia, Saturday 8th of July)

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Orchard with old apple species with the special grazing management by sheep and goats. It is also interesting place from point of ecological richness (orchids, butterflies). We will visit also new fruit tree nursery - the only of its type in Slovakia.

The tour will be guided by Ľudo Vašš (https://goo.gl/HcjHkI, see video (in Slovak): https://goo.gl/DvWhlS) – a well-known fruit grower will specializing on untraditional species and varieties of fruit plants.

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Ján Šlinský farm, Agrokruh (https://goo.gl/IWZF1z)

Senec, Slovakia, Sunday 9th of July

The system called ‘Agokruh’ (‘Agrocircle’, see presentation https://youtu.be/_KY2XpEN0EA) was designed by Jan Slinsky and is focused on mechanical cultivation of soil avoiding damage of soil microorganisms. This system is based on agricultural bridge technology used over the world mostly to carry irrigation. This system uses the technology to cultivate and aerate the soil without turning, plant the seedlings and carry the farmer for manual weeding or harvesting. The system works on electricity, so in future could be updated to work only on renewable resources. See also Farmlandia (https://goo.gl/Zb5xyi in Slovak).

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Ecological Institute for Sustainable Development (https://goo.gl/lJLceE)

Gömörszőlős, Hungary, Monday 10th of July and Friday 14th of July

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The Ecological Institute for Sustainable Development (EISD) is a foundation which aims to promote the idea of sustainable development by building understanding on the idea of sustainability and helping its practical implementation. EISD has an information center in Gömörszőlős, which is functioning as an advisory, demonstration and training center on alternative technologies and sustainable use of natural resources for the local communities and people.

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EISD has an innovation for small scale farming, called deep mulch technology to recreate the topsoil and soil biology, and to neglect ploughing, irrigation, weed control, fertilizers and chemicals.  Deep mulch is a 50–60 cm thick cover made of organic litter ready for composting. Method has been applied for 14 years. See video (https://youtu.be/8EWz2FymKxM).

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