Farming with Young People? Why not

October 22-10, 2015, I was lucky to participate in Erasmus + Contact Making Event “Farming with Young People? Why not”, that took place in Weardale, County Durham, United Kingdom. This event was aimed at developing capacities, networks and future project ideas of represented organizations in the topic of sustainable agriculture, gardening and farming involving young people.  Project gathered 30 participants from 14 different countries of Europe in a small village of North-East England. During the event, we had a chance to learn new tools and methods that could be used in future projects, we went into deep into Erasmus+ financing possibilities and got nice tips for completing our own project applications. Through non-formal education using different methods such as ice-breakers, energizers, team building exercises, small group discussions, role-plays and plenty of others, our work was organized in the best way and the aim of contact making was successfully achieved. As the result, we got few project ideas and divided our group into several small teams due to personal interests in order to develop those ideas into real projects.

Besides session time, we had a day of excursion visiting a small farm and an urban garden in the city of Newcastle to take it as an example for possible implementation in our cities. In addition, we had the honor to meet the Mayor of Gateshead and talk with him about the possibilities for young people in their city.

My time at the project was enriched with new information, I met nice people, got useful experience and had a great pleasure from peaceful atmosphere and natural environment at the venue of mobility. I’m very thankful to Institute of Ukrainian Studies for this opportunity and recommend everyone to take part in similar events to improve personal and professional skills.


By Iryna Galiuk


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