The publication details the Hungarian Research Institute of Organic Agriculture’s (ÖMKi) participatory, on-farm experiments from 2014. The goal of the experiments was to help strengthen organic agriculture in Hungary through cooperation, including developing and renewing applied technologies and helping disseminate knowledge. Along with all this our goal was to strengthen ties between the various sectors in organic agriculture and provide the opportunity for exchange of information.
The driving spirit of the on-farm research is cooperation. The selection, realization, evaluation and discussion of the experiments and their results ensure strong connections between the program’s participating producers – many of whom have decades of experience – and the participating experts, researchers and breeders. The meetings taking place throughout the year, as well as the on-site events, tastings and evaluation workshops provided the opportunity for community-building in the producer sector. The dialogue that developed among the participants made professional information more accessible and allowed mutual exchange of experiences and expertise, resulting in a multiplication effect that meant each participant could master new things that would not have been possible otherwise.