The Diversity Foundation arranged the project's 4th Focus group meeting in September. It focuses on the used marketing and sales strategies of social farms. How a social farm be able to work in a sustainable way, what are the good examples, what are the obstacles, what they struggle with. What kind of knowledge is missing in the field of eceonomic viability, financial, marketing, sales? All the participants let know the audience concerning the above mentioned topics how it works in their organisation.
Earth Country House Social Coopperative
Összefogás Nonprofit Kft
Gödöllői Civil Kerekasztal Egyesület
Nefelejcs Értelmi Sérültek Nappali Foglalkoztatója
Farm Alapú Nevelés Egyesület
Fébé Evangélikus Otthon
Zöld Edit biogazdálkodó
Illés Eszter, waldorf oktató-kertész
Our 3rd Focus group meeting was arranged in the middle of March 2019. The topic was about the cooperation between the Hungarian social actors. The participants were asked about their already existing cooperation activities and also we asked their oppinion about the operation of the future mentor-network. Varga Tamás, the head of WWOOF Hungary, introduced the technical possibilities about it, and the participants shared with us their views. We got feedbacks like they would need professionals in the networks, who could be asked by the participants. Also they thought the place of it would be good the LLOOF website, the form of it a "forum" kind. We also discussed about the cooperation in sale, we shared our existing experiences in cooperation and the non existing social farming law. Participants were the Earth Country House Szociális Szövetkezet, Patrónus Ház, Dombtető Póni klub, GDCKE and the Nyitott Kert Alapítvány
The 2nd focus group meeting focused on the applied/well-established methods with disabled and/or disadvantaged people by the farm management. Discussed questions on the 2nd focus group meeting were:
- Are there any development method for disadvantaged/disabled people in your institute?
- What’s your methodology and how can you measure it’s efficiency? Do you consider suitable the current methods?
The participants were interested in the measurement method (Three Stage Process) of Ruskin Mill Trust. Matthew Hayes participated and he let us know briefly in the topic as he spent the last two years in the UK as employee of the RMT. Participants agreed, social farms in Hungary are developing in other system than in Western Europe, they grow rather from social institutes than farms. Social farms need to stand on several legs, for example work out services for paying costumers (e.g. addicted people) as well.
Besides that there was some useful suggestions about the pilot training timing. The participants prefer February, March, April as the most suitable months for the training and somebody suggested would be effective if 2 participants could take part from one institute (financial expert, social expert).
Értelmi Sérültek Gyöngyház Egyesülete;
Fóti Waldorf iskola;
Nefelejcs Értelmi Fogyatékosok Napközi Otthona;
Farm Alapú Nevelésért Egyesület;
Csömöri Összefogás Nonprofit Kft.
Let me inform you that first time in our project a Focus group meeting was held in Gödöllő by our project partner, the Diversity Foundation. These events are important to provide systematic feedback throughout the project about the relevance and applicability of the intellectual outputs to key stakeholder groups, as well as a means of communicating the progression and the results of the project. The members of the focus group are professional and civil stakeholders. This 1st focus group meeting was focused on the farm management experiences with disabled and/or disadvantaged people. Stakeholders who took part are:
Értelmi Sérültek Gyöngyház Egyesülete
Miskolci Autista Alapítvány
Nefelejcs Értelmi Fogyatékosok Napközi Otthona
Farm Alapú Nevelésért Egyesület
Tiszasas Község Önkormányzata
Szociális Farm Szövetség