Revitalist – Social Farm mentor training Erasmus Project

General information for the Revitalist – Social Farm mentor training Erasmus Project

Revitalist – Social Farm mentor training Erasmus Project
July 7, 2020 12:00 am
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Project Title

Revitalist – Social Farm mentor training

Project Key Action

This project related with these key action: Cooperation for innovation and the exchange of good practices

Project Action Type

This project related with this action type : Strategic Partnerships for vocational education and training

Project Call Year

This project’s Call Year is 2017

Project Topics

This project is related with these Project Topics: New innovative curricula/educational methods/development of training courses; Rural development and urbanisation; Inclusion – equity

Project Summary

The Social Farming (SF) movement has developed substantially over the last decades in Europe, which means recognising its potential for providing eco-approaches (organic farming) that engage vulnerable individuals (social integration). The concept of SF is not yet present in vocational education and it is not recognised at a government level in many EU countries, however the number of SFs is continuously increasing. SFs and other social institutions will highly benefit from the Revitalist social farming training, especially because it includes an economic viability module and an innovative method called Practical Skills Therapeutic Education (PSTE).

Revitalist has taken further the concept of Social Farming by elaborating a new curriculum based on a therapeutic method of education (PSTE), by creating and collecting a pool of background materials and by establishing a network of professionals, and this way responding to several EU regional and local policy needs. The target groups of the new curriculum are social farm employees, social and agricultural professionals.
The core method PSTE has been tested and validated by one of our project partners (Ruskin Mill Trust) in the UK for over 20 years, providing social direction for young people with learning difficulties. Their results have been proven, recorded by the physical and mental development of their clients. Furthermore, PSTE also opened a window towards the social inclusion of the clients.
We believe that Social Farming represents new potential enterprises for the agricultural sector: any land based initiative that wishes to work organically can attract other sources of income by engaging disadvantaged end-users.

To bring it all to life, the project involved 7 organisations that contributed and benefited from this project:
Hungarian Quality Compost Association (HU) is a professional organization with extensive experience in education, training development, agricultural practices and project management. Revitalist helped increasing their network connections at a national and international levels.

Diverzitás Foundation (HU) has a well-established work practice developed with end-users, stable network connection with the stakeholders. The creation of new Revitalist training program, consisting of developing local social farming initiatives, brought extensive new knowledge into the organization.

Ruskin Mill (UK), creator of the PSTE method, designed and delivered training program adapted to different multinational demands within the Revitalist project framework. They also tested the potential of PSTE when working with different types of clients.

The Municipality of Tiszasas (HU) and WWOOF (HU) are both situated in socially deprived areas of Hungary and have been over the years building the necessary infrastructures to address the end-users needs. Alongside Diversity Foundation, these three organisations guarantee direct access to the target group; their knowledge is essential to keep the Revitalist training program alive and more importantly, work towards the creation of new SFs to significantly improve the life quality of those in need.

University of South Bohemia (CZ) is developing training programs in SF, and they contributed to the project with their economic viability knowledge, which is essential to make SFs viable and sustainable in the long run.

Agricoltura Capodarco (IT) is one of the oldest examples of SF in Europe, integrating socially disadvantaged people in the community, in an ethical and ecological way. Their participation in the process was therefore essential, as the partner with the greatest knowledge and practical experience in this topic.

The main activity of the project is the elaboration of Social farm mentor training curriculum with methodologies, containing 5 modules: 1. PSTE theory and Genius Loci, 2. PSTE practice, the crafts 3. Characteristics of end-users, 4. Economic viability 5. Adaptation to local circumstances. For the understanding of the PSTE method and the operation of SFs, 3 short-term joint staff trainings have been carried out in the project. To support the Social farm mentor training, educational materials and an Open Education Resource was created on the SF topic, as well as an active, supporting online mentor-network interface.
We tested all theory and practice described above in two different pilot-trainings where we used the participants’ feedback to improve the outputs.
The Social farm mentor training uses a practice-oriented approach that involves learning handcraft activities that promote cognitive development and a sense of personal achievement, focusing always on the specific needs of each learner. We aspire for forgotten craft activities to be sustainably reinstated in the various locations in order to boost local economies, while guaranteeing the passing on of this cultural heritage to future generations.

EU Grant (Eur)

Funding of the project from EU: 433199,49 Eur

Project Coordinator

MAGYAR MINOSEGI KOMPOSZT TARSASAG & Country: HU

Project Partners

  • Agricoltura Capodarco Società Cooperativa sociale
  • RUSKIN MILL TRUST LTD
  • Diverzitás Közhasznú Alapítvány
  • WWOOF Magyarország Nonprofit Kft
  • JIHOCESKA UNIVERZITA V CESKYCH BUDEJOVICICH
  • Tiszasas Községi Önkormányzat