Kavadarci has always been an agricultural town. Many families depend on farming, which has traditionally been the most important sector of the economy. Unfortunately, despite the great agricultural potential that the town offers and the high level of unemployment, young people are less and less interested in farming and agriculture. In addition, in the whole town of 40 thousand people, there are only few certified organic farmers. This is why we would like to promote organic farming, especially among youth. We believe that it is a great opportunity for young people who want to start their own businesses and be self-employed. In the same time, it is great for the environment and for the whole community.
And not only that – through our previous work we have discovered that organic farming can be a great tool for developing young people’s skills and competencies. Working on a farm with their peers and under the supervision of youth workers, young people learn about team work and cooperation, develop a sense of responsibility and entrepreneurship, and become more prepared to enter the job market. Thus, starting a program in the field of organic farming in Kavadarci would have a positive impact not only on the use of organic methods in agriculture, but also on the personal development of hundreds of young people. If we succeed, our program will be a unique and highly effective example of sustainable youth work.