Report on “Rural Youth and Young Farmers” Workshop

The “Rural Youth and Young Farmers” workshop was co-organised with Forum Synergies and it took place in Dronten, The Netherlands, from 22nd October to 25th October 2015. The high number of applicants, which exceeded by 4 times the available places, shows the need and the increased interest of young people to work on sustainable development in Europe’s rural areas . We would like to thank all the applicants for their interest! Forty young people from 24 different countries across Europe, as east as Armenia and as west as United Kingdom, participated and had the opportunity to share their experiences, get familiar with the reality of the Dutch rural life and build on their own rural Europe.

For 3 full days, the participants went together through diverse programme: the intensive work in working groups was balanced with creating land-art. On the first day, there was a tour by our host the Warmonderhof, the organic farming college


(Figure 1, Maria van Boxtel).

The programme continued with the welcoming by Future Farmers Movement and Forum Synergies and a delicious dinner and ended with a storytelling by Francesco Melita around a cosy campfire (Figure 2, Marija Tomic).

Figure 2 Storytelling Marija 2

The second day of the workshop started with an energiser and two young entrepreneurs, Jaring Brunia and Daphne Lubbers , who shared their start-up farming stories.

Figure 3 2nd entrepreneur Lucie 1

(Figure 3, Lucie Sovova)

Afterwards several participants presented their organizations or projects at the “Market of Initiatives” (Figure 4, Iztok Erjavec).

Figure 4 MoI room on the left_Iztok 1

The day continued with visits to different rural farms, enterprises and projects. These reality checks offered a chance to experience some of the success stories of the Dutch countryside at first hand. After the previous inspirational day, on the third day the participants put on paper their own bright ideas and thoughts about what they need and how they can co-operate in order to put their ideas into practice

Figure 5 Open space Lucie 2

(Figure 5, Lucie Sovova).

The day included an expedition to the nearby woods where land-artist Irma Horstman inspired us in creating our own land-art pieces (Figure 6, Monica Stanica). We continued to be inspired with cool initiatives and organizations: Hannes Lorenzen presented the Rural European Parliament, Liljana Tanevska the Forum Synergies and Micha Lubbers the Youth Food Movement. On the last day of the workshop, participants created a European map of connections

Figure 6 Presentation of art  pieces Monica 1

(Figure 7, Monica Stanica).

The participants left the workshop with happy faces, open hearts and inspired minds!

Figure 7 Map finished Monica 10

(Figure 8, Marija Tomic)!

Do you want to know more details about the workshop? Here you can find the whole report and here you can find the joined material to the report. Hope to see you to our next event! Till then you can always contact us at:

Workshop Rural Youth and Young Farmers

Together with Forum Synergies, the Future Farmers Movement co-organises a  Rural Youth and Young Farmers workshop. The workshop will take place in Dronten in the Netherlands from 22nd to the 25th of October 2015.

We will address several relevant issues for young and future farmers & rural youth in Europe. The first day of the workshop we will have an exchange with a European Network on Farm Succession. We will have field visits to several young farmers’ initiatives, farming schools and have a market of initiatives where people can present relevant information on their own relevant project or initiative.

On Saturday/Sunday we will have space to work on themes that we brought forward ourselves. For instance on viable strategies to get access to land or finance, new farming models that are fit for the future or the new role of the consumer. We will get lot of examples and we will be inspired with success stories from all over Europe.

One of the outcomes of the workshop will be a map indicating needs, visions and success stories of Rural Youth and Young Farmers in Europe!

You are welcome to participate! Deadline for registration is 20th of September.

You can register here!

Future Farmers Movement at the Farm Experience Internship

The Future Farmers Movement and its Dutch partner organisation Toekomstboeren present it selves at the Farm Experience Internship (FEI), an agroecological summer course initiated by students. We had the opportunity to get in contact with enthusiastic young people that had spent 2 weeks at a farm in the Netherlands as part of FEI’s programme. Two questions were addressed aiming at specific, practical actions: “How would you support your farmer?” and “How Future Farmers Movement/Toekomstboeren can support your farmer?”. Many ideas for different actions germinated! Some of them can be implemented in the short term and some in the long term and some by individuals while other need a collective more organised action. Have a look below and get inspired! Maybe you can start the short term individual actions from tomorrow or even better from today?

Future Farmers Movement @ Food Unplugged Festival in Ede, The Netherlands: 26 & 27 June 2015

If you are into a Food Festival, then Food Unplugged is the place to be! During the festival we can taste delicious fair food from farmers and independent catering. It’s the festival for food designers, farmers, professors, entrepreneurs – and Future Farmers!

Plus on both Friday and Saturday, you can enjoy 8 beautiful Future Farmers in the Spotlight movies and we will present the Future Farmers Movement to the audience!

For more info about the festival, see

Workshop session “Access to Land” in the Netherlands


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On the 20th of March, the Future Farmers Movement is co-organising a workshop session with the theme “New farmer searches for land”. Getting access to land is a critical for young people to be able to start a farm. For a new farmer, the land not just needs to be available, but it also needs to be affordable! Within this session we will speak with several farmers and discuss how they managed to get their land. Often they use new and innovative models with involvement of the consumer.

Within the workshop we will also hear from “Landgilde”, an organization that couples starting farmers with older farmers, and helps with the process of handing over the farm. Furthermore Stichting BD-grondbeheer, and de nieuwe rentmeester will explain how their model could support new farming initiatives.

The workshop will be co-organised with Brabantse Milieu Federatie. It will be part of the Bodem Anders! conferentie on the 19th and 20th of March in Den Bosch. In this two days you will experience different aspects of sustainable soil management. From soil life and permaculture till precision agriculture, agroecology and the role of consumers. John D. Liu will give a key note speech about ecological restoration and the film Bodemboeren will be screened.

The workshop session as well as the largest part of Bodem Anders will be in Dutch. Here you can find the full program.

New inspiring film project from our Spanish partner Soberania Alimentaria!


Last week our Spanish partner Soberania Alimentaria launched a new project: La Revuelta al Campo. They created a series of videos about young people that wanted to start a life on the countryside based on activities agriculture, livestock or food production. With the Future Farmers Movement we translate the videos into English and help distributing them!

La Revuelta al Campo portraits in 15 short films how young people are living from land on the Spanish countryside. More and more people in Spain think about starting a life as a farmer, to take sustainable food production in their own hands and supply their products to the local community. However, this is not always easy. These films give lots of inspiration to young people that think of moving to the countryside.

The first film that we subtitled is about Miguel Angel Martinez Diez (28). In the area Rioja, he started cultivating grapes, fruits and vegetables on the 8 hectare family farm of his grandparents. The grapes are dried into raisins and are used to produce a local type of wine: Supurao.

So all-inn! Dive into the pool. You only regret what you have not done!

Watch the film here. Click on cc in Vimeo to get the english subtitles!

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