Learning from a community that shares our values and principles of sustainable farming

Our experts Bojan Mitrović and Dalibor Živanov took part in the Lighthouse Farm Academy in Finland from 27 to 30 March and came back with new knowledge, ideas, and inspiration that will help LoginEKO on its journey of sustainable farming.

Our experts Bojan Mitrović and Dalibor Živanov took part in the Lighthouse Farm Academy in Finland from 27 to 30 March, where they learned about ‘nested circularity’ and how to implement this principle on an organic farm. They came back with new knowledge, ideas, and inspiration that will help LoginEKO on its journey of sustainable farming.

Are you wondering what a Lighthouse Farm is? It is not located on a coastal cliff to guide sailors, but similarly, it can give guidance to  the development of new sustainable systems. The Global Network of Lighthouse Farms brings together exemplary farms and foodscapes from around the world that have found radical solutions to address the sustainability challenges we currently face. They are existing, commercially viable farms in the real world that showcase sustainable production and can serve as real-life experimental farms for scientific advancement in different environments. They have redefined at least one dimension of sustainability and are creating a global outdoor classroom and laboratory for tomorrow’s farms and foodscapes.

The Lighthouse Farm Academy offers a chance for collaboration among farmers, industry, policymakers, and other stakeholders, to propel change towards sustainable food systems along the entire supply chain. We cannot leave the sustainability challenges to individual farmers. Instead,  we have to bring together different actors to codesign the future.

LoginEKO is part of this transformation to the future farming systems that meet the sustainability objectives for a variety of soils, climates, cultures, and local conditions. It’s important to us to be part of a community that shares the same values and principles of sustainable farming, even though we work in very different conditions. Examples from other farms inspire us to find our own solutions with the same objective of producing sustainable food in an environmentally friendly way.

And this is exactly what Lighthouse Farms are about. This is not a copy-paste system, because the diversity of solutions are tailored to individual climates, purposes, etc. Rather, Lighthouse Farms provide inspiration so that everybody can accelerate their development while ensuring compatibility with their unique environment and farming. They offer real-life landscapes and the possibility for evidence-based discussions, and bridge the gap between thinking solutions and doing solutions.  By sharing ideas, innovations, and knowledge, we all contribute to finding sustainable solutions to our common challenges and can therefore guide each other towards new sustainable systems avoiding the cliffs and dangers along the way.

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