Multiplier event at Locodeni

In the frame of the Eco-Motive project, Civitas Foundation from Odorheiu Secuiesc organizes a course in the topic of propagation and grafting of fruit trees. The place of the event is Locodeni where in partnership with LIA Foundation will be developed a traditional orchards on ecological principles.

VI. Fruit Festival of Odorhei Region,19 - 21 September 2014.

Civitas Foundation for Civil Society will organize from 19 to 21 September 2014 the 6th Fruit Festival of Odorhei Region.

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„Székelygyümölcs” was presented in Ukraine

1-3 April in Antalovici (Ukraine) took place the 4th Workshop for regional development in Carpatian basin. The workshop was organized by CESCI (Central European Service for Cross-border Initiatives). The main theme was: Local value, local and regional development based on local value.

For a more humane and sustainable future

Organized by Civitas Foundation for Civil Society and the Székelygyümölcs Association, The Fruit Festival of Odorhei had twice many visitors as the previous edition.

Traditional sapling planting in the Nyikó Valley

Civitas Foundation launched several initiatives to preserve the natural resources of the Odorhei Region.

The Civitas Foundation has been taking measures to save the traditional orchards from Udvarhely Seat since 2008. As the first step, we mapped and analyzed the genetic stock of the area, after which trainings related to fruit-growing were organized every year, where participants could enrich their theoretical and practical knowledge while joining in the “Fruits of Tradition”(Székelygyümölcs) movement. In 2010 we founded the Fruit Processing Manufacture in Farkaslaka and also initiated the establishment of the Association “Fruits of Tradition” (Székelygyümölcs Egyesület) the members of which can be only those persons who have participated in at least one training and can offer their voluntary help in the association’s work. Nevertheless, the Civitas Foundation also organises its yearly event called Fruit Festival (Gyümölcsfesztivál), where producers from the local villages offer  for selling their jams, syrups, dryed fruits and other fruit related products.

In 2013, in the framework of another initiative, we separated a fund for a program which contributes to the inventory, collection, reproduction and presentation of the traditional types of fruit trees. With this flow of activities we join the program which started in Hungary, named Fairygarden.  The movement aims to save the disappearing, old Hungarian fruit processing tradition from the Carpathian-Basin. We would like to make such a Fairygarden that can save this genetic stock and transfer to the next generation. This movement is going to be initiated in Transylvania as well, by the Civitas Foundation, supporting and undertaking patronage for the formation of the gardens.

How do the gardens form?On the territory of the Carpathian- Basin, there are more than 60 fairygardens.  These were made with the purpose of social empowerment, thus being not just living genetic banks, but also aiming at saving the cultural heritage and passing it to the next generation. For the formation of the gardens the responsible can be civil organisations, parishes, local governments, or even private individuals who plant and look after only indigenous types in their garden.

What can be done for the Fairygardens in a concrete sense? Anyone who knows traditional, disappearing types of fruit trees in their close surroundings and/or takes a bud-wood to the foundation, we will honor it with a grafted sapling. Besides, those who are professional in the grafting and reproduction of fruit trees, can help the formation and preservation of the gardens with their voluntary work.

The supporter of the Fairygarden Program is the Hungarian Ministry of Rural Development.