|Project title||Long-term sustainable agricultural and handcraft practices in Somogy county|
|Thematic area||Environment and sustainable development|
|Name of the organization||Visnyeszéplak Association for Local Interest and Culture|
|Postal address||7478 Bárdudvarnok, Visnyeszéplak tanya 1.|
|Project manager||Máté László|
|Project timeframe||July 20th, 2014 - January 10th, 2016|
|Amount of support||19,718 €|
The project addressed complex and interwoven problems of remoted rural areas of Hungary’s Somogy county including depopulation, aging, lack of appropriate working and substinence opportunities, declay, regression of traditional farming and craftsmanship, and aimed at providing technological know-how and developing skills for younger families seeking to stay or move to a given area of 5 different villages. The main outcome of the project was the provision of 9 different training serials in pottery, leather and wood craftsmanship, sewing, orcharding, stove building, cheese making, mushroom and herb inspection, collection and processing with altogether 169 classes, and involving 125 different citizens, who were trained for the application of these professions at least for a basic level enabling and empowering them to start new careers. Besides, the project involved the renovation of a community building as a venue for the trainings, the renovation of a wooden bell tower having symbolic importance for the locals, and a set of community building events with the aim of motivating locals to participate in the trainings and renovation works.