Rural Academy is a rural knowledge lab, a community of people who love ecological agriculture, its teaching, its social value. It addresses the problem of small farms focusing on eco-farming, multifunctionality and education to differentiate their business, which often find no training support to develop these activities. The Rural Academy is one of the outcomes of the MADIE (Multifunctional Agriculture as a Driver for Innovation in rural Europe) project.
The Rural Academy was presented during the last MADIE project meeting which was held in Joensuu (Finland), hosted by GREBE partner Luke from 29.05.-02.06.2017. The last partner meeting was the second stop for MADIE in Finland - in 2016 a training course was hosted to teach motivated consultants, students, entrepreneurs, cooperative representatives, SME´s and other interested stakeholders how to become successful consultants for cooperative structures.
Main aspects of the Finnish part of MADIE included the experiences and lessons from successful energy cooperatives, the importance of cooperative business models and cooperatives in Finland.
The MADIE project deals with farmers, foresters and small and medium sized enterprises or its associated processing establishments. The knowledge on cooperative business models can be applied within the GREBE project, especially within the working package 7 implementation on “Knowledge transfer and business delivery”.
MADIE is funded by the Erasmus+ Programme of the European Union and coordinated by the German Starkmacher e.V. with partners Natural Resources Institute Finland (Luke, Finland), County Governor of Hordaland (Norway), NAK Nonprofit Kft. (Hungary) and Terre di loppiano srl (Italy).
More information can be found from the project webpage under: http://madie.starkmacher.eu/en