On 25 March 2017, the City Farm was held at the Trg Slobode in Osijek as an event organised by the Croatian Agricultural Agency’s project team within the framework of implementation of the GRASS Croatia – Growth of Rural Areas and Agriculture for Successful Society EU project co-financed by the European Commission.
The project aims to provide information to young farmers, high school and eighth-grade pupils about opportunities brought by agriculture as future profession in order to revive villages and rural areas by increasing number of farmers as one of the major obectives of the Common Agricultural Policies of the EU. The project is aimed at reducing depopulation of rural areas by providing information on opportunities offered by the Commona Agricultural Policy for development of successful business in rural areas.
At the City Farm, the citizens had an opportunity to experience rural atmosphere and get acquainted with abundance of nature and our countryside. Family farms exhibited domestic animals they keep – calves, sheep, goats and donkeys – for the visitors. An objective of the Common Agricultural Policy is to preserve traditional animal species and animal species adapted to local conditions – those presented at the City Farm.
At the exhibition, the domestic producers offered the visitors an opportunity to taste and buy home-made honey and cheese thus allowing the citizens to get acquainted with the producers and purchase honey and cheese directly from the manufacturers. Family farms have a pivotal role in achieving the objectives of the Common Agricultural Policy in the context of protection of life in rural areas and sustainability of agricultural production. The United Nations declared 2014 the year of family farms to emphasise their particular importance for nutritional independence, especially for the poor and socially endangered families, preservation of traditional food products contributing to a balanced diet of the population, maintenance of agricultural biodiversity and sustainable use of natural resources, contribution to local economies through positive economic effects and social welfare programmes, and for the overall well-being of local communities.
The youngest visitors participated in educational activities about the EU Common Agricultural Policy and played the wheel of fortune and painted colouring books.