Describe the degree of success of your approach to date. Clearly define how you measure quantitative and qualitative impact in terms of how your approach contributes to the sustainability or enhancement of local culture, environment, heritage, or aesthetics? How does your approach minimize negative impacts?
200 words or less
The EHF network has grown to 50 farms, many of which work with close to 1000 guests per season. These are farms that are conserving nature, implementing alternative resource-saving technologies, and using organic farming practices. A the same time they are demonstration, tourism, and education farms that are promoting environmental sustainability, and sharing their experience to neighboring farmers. The educational work is providing society with motivation to choose organic products, start their own health gardens, use medicinal herbs, take care of their health, and in general choose healthier, more natural lifestyles.
By preserving national traditions and showing how small, organic farms can successfully operate, this promotes the family farm model, and the conservation of the rural environmental and cultural heritage, which is increasingly threatened due to national and EU policies and mass culture.
We fill an educational gap in public health knowledge that has been left due to problems of accessibility to official medicine and lack of education opportunities.
The success of the EHF initiative is not measurable in the number of farms or the amount of produce. Rather, the success of this program lies in each farmer’s spiritual growth in knowledge, understanding, and professional skills, and each individual farm’s transformation into a center of environmental and he