Come to ActiveOrganic seminars in Eco-Village Rîșcova!

Learn about benefits and practices of organic agriculture!

Find ideas and examples for creating a rural enterprise!

Try out everything at home!

Become part of a supportive community!

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Participation is free of charge, organizers cover the expenses of transport and accomodation.

More information is appearing as the program is evolving.

Contact person: Gabriela Isac, +373 69817235 / +373 79950717 /

What is ActiveOrganic?

ActiveOrganic is a program dedicated to spreading practices of organic agriculture and creating a community of responsible farmers.

ActiveOrganic is implemented by Association “EcoVisio”, together with initiatives “Seed It Forward” and “Eco-Village Moldova”, in partnership with association “Eco-Razeni”, “Gori’s Tomatoes” farm, and SRL “Dulce Plai“, with financial support from the U.S. Department of State.

Why ActiveOrganic?

By taking part in the ActiveOrganic, you will have the benefit of:

  • One or more of the 6 practical seminars, and at least two study visits
  • Workshops on correct composting, building a greenhouse, constructing a solar dehydrator, etc.
  • Many examples of rural enterprises
  • Supportive community
  • Help with development, planning and practical implementation of your ideas

You can take part if:

  • if you have a garden or a lot of land in a rural area, or are planning to get one
  • if you are open to sharing your experience and to getting new knowledge
  • if you are available to take part in at least one of the practical seminars

The seminars

The ActiveOrganic program consists of 6 practical seminars, each of them lasting two days (Saturday-Sunday) in the period May-October 2017

Topics of the seminars:

    1. Basic principles of Organic Agriculture and Permaculture, Soil Protection and Improvement, Composting and Producing your own Organic Fertilizers  (May 6-7, 2017) – more photos here and here – videos and other info will appear later
    2. On May 6-7, 2017, the ActiveOrganic Program began with its first seminar. 30 participants from over 20 localities and 17 districts of Moldova, with their ages ranged from 18 to 60-something years, shared their experiences, learned about and texted practices of organic agriculture and permaculture, as well as discovered various methods of producing their own organic fertilizers.

    3. Plant Protection, Water Resources and Sustainable Irrigation Systems, Community Supported Agriculture. Study visit to village Gura Bicului – the ”Gori’s Tomatoes” farm (27-28 mai). You can find more photos here
    4. The second ActiveOrganic seminar took place on May 27-28, 2017. The first day was spent in Riscova, and featured two external experts: Vladimir Todiraș (PhD in Biology, researcher in the field of plant protection at the Institute of Plant Genetics, Physiology and Protection of the Academy of Sciences of Moldova; founder of the SRL ”EcoConsult”) and Maria Sandu (PhD in analytical chemistry, researcher at the Institute of Ecology and Geography of the Academy of Sciences of Moldova). Together, 30 participants from 14 districts discovered the existence of local analogs to imported (or local, but chemical) products for biological plant protection and the online resources for identification of plant illnesses and pests, as well as about main mistakes and tips for plant protection. Then, they learned about the current situation with water resources in the Republic of Moldova (and, in particular, in Riscova – the specialist performed an analysis of tap and well water for nitrates), about which water is acceptable for irrigation and which not (and what to do in this case). At the end of the day, the group analysed the drip irrigation system that was recently installed at Eco-Village Moldova.

      On the second day, May 28th, the participants went to village Gura Bîcului, for a study visit to “Gori’s Tomatoes” farm. There, Nadejda and Valeriu Gori – farmers and entrepreneurs – shared their experience of practicing large-scale organic agriculture, of using biological plant protection methods (with Vladimir Todiraș, Svetlana and Arcadie Nicolev), and of a functioning model of Community Supported Agriculture – which makes that farmers and consumers all feel that they are part of one large friendly family.

    5. Social / Rural Entrepreneurship, Organic Agriculture, work in Greenhouses, Solar Dehydrator, Apiculture. Study visit to village Razeni – ”Eco-Răzeni” & ”Floare de Cireș” – and to village Cigirleni – association ”Grădina Moldovei” (June 10-11, 2017). You can find more photos here
    6. June 10-11, 2017 saw the largest (over 38 participants in two days combined, coming from the very north, south, west and vest of the country) and the most intense ActiveOrganic seminar so far. It encompassed: a study visit with the topic of social entrepreneurship to association ”Eco-Răzeni” & SRL ”Floare de Cireș” with Sergiu Gurău vil. Razeni, Ialoveni district), theory and practice of organic garden at association ”Grădina Moldovei” with Mariana Seremet (vil. Cigirleni, Ialoveni district), experience of small rural entrepreneurship and marketing for organic products from Antonina Tocarenco (from commune Sinesti, Ungheni district), dried fruits and vegetables without preservatives with Igor Mocanu from “Livada Organică” (from vil. Ivancea, Orhei district), a workshop about solar dehydrator from Eugen Guzun, and basics of ecological beekeeping from Ivan Chiriac, Sergiu Leahu, Eugen and Victor Cojuhari. And, as usual, healthy and delicious food from Claudia Botnaru and her assistants.

    7. Healthy nutrition, seasonal vegetarian cuisine, marketing tips for agricultural products, solar dehydrator for fruits and vegetables, orchards and trees in ecological agriculture; greenhouses that you can build with your own hands (July 15-16, 2017)
    8. How to plan and implement a successful initiative or a project (August 5-6, 2017)
    9. Presenting the initiatives and analyzing the results (September/October)

    Application of knowledge received during the program will be encouraged with small financial support (~100 euros for acquisition of materials) offered to the best participants.

    You can download the whole poster here.