Excursion

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Excursion following the Organic Farming Congress on 7 September 2017.

Excursion starts at 8:00 and ends 17:00-17:30

If you have an earlier flight you can skip the ice cream company visit in Tallinn and be at the airport at 16:00

 

See the Estonian organic agriculture practicalities!

 

Taali Mesila, Aili and Tõnis Taal

Roela, Lääne-Virumaa

Tõnis and Aili started with organic farming in 2001 and were among the first organic beekeepers in Estonia. The father of Tõnis started with two beehives in 1970, and now Tõnis and Aili have 170 hives. The third generation is also interested in beekeeping and has started with their first hives.

Beehives are mostly located in the forest, so honey is coming from different forest habitats and has superb taste, some beehives are located next to buckwheat fields of a neighbouring organic farm. Since 2016 the processing of honey and beeswax is done using solar energy.

Products include honey from different habitats, honey with different additions (e.g. berries, ginger), pollen, propolis, beeswax, candles from beeswax, etc. Products are sold in organic and natural shops and in some supermarket chains. Consumers can buy also directly from the farm.

The farm is open to excursions and is organising trainings for other beekeepers. Aili is leader of the regional organic farming organisation and member of the Board of Organic Farming Platform uniting 16 Estonian organic farming organisations.

We will get an introduction to different stages of honey and beeswax processing, see the beehives (self-made by Tõnis), have a tasting and talk about the importance of bees and development of agriculture.

 

Rehekivi talu, Tiina and Hugo Vaino

Roela, Lääne-Virumaa

The farm has been breeding sheep since 1999, and went organic in 2005. They manage 135 ha of land and have more than 200 ewes – half of them are pure breed texels and another half pure breed of  Estonian whitehead sheep. They sell sheep both for breeding and for meat.

Both farmers have veterinary backgrounds and are working in this field as well as with their farm. They have 5 children and all are involved in the farm work.  During the last years they have invested a lot to modernise their production.

We will see the stable and sheep and talk about family farming and the future of the countryside life.

 

La Muu, Rasmus Rask

Tallinn

An ice cream maker who has won the hearts of consumers in the last few years. Their ice creams are pure in taste and well presented. It sells well even though it is much more pricy than any other ice cream on the market.

They are the first organic ice cream company in Estonia (established in 2012). By now their ice cream is available in more than 120 shops but also sold in restaurants/cafes and during different events. Tastes are often renewed and special tastes developed for some events (e.g. Tallinn Music Week), also vegan options are available.

We will visit their small ice cream factory, taste some ice creams and talk about product development and marketing.

 

Lunch is offered after visiting the farms in Lammasmäe Puhkekeskus. As much as possible, they use vegetables and herbs grown by themselves, forest berries/mushrooms and game meat. Vegetarian/vegan options are also available.

 

Fee for the excursion (incl. transportation, lunch, tastings, guide) is 65 euros.

 

 

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