Title European Specialists in Traditional Orchards - ESTO
Project Number 517667-LLP-1-2011-1-DE-LEONARDO-LMP
Project Type Development of Innovation
Country EU-Centralised Projects
Thousands of unattended traditional orchards shape European landscapes: More than 80% of all traditional orchards disappeared within the past 60 years. The ESTO-“European Specialist in Traditional Orchards” project intends to take action against further deterioration.
Comprehensive material on different aspects of traditional orchard farming was not yet available. ESTO takes a stake in developing new and innovative methods of teaching/learning, in order to preserve traditional orchards as a sustainable system and warrantor of the bio-diversity, considering their economical and ecological aspects.
From 01/2012 to 02/2015, the development of a curriculum based on ECVET, covering selected aspects of knowledge about traditional orchard farming (pomology, management & care, processing & marketing) for interested adults, students of vocational schools and universities, is the project consortiums' objective. The curriculum and its supportive materials will be utilised within the EU-wide consortium network to promote awareness and knowledge on traditional orchards.
Traditional orcharding in Europe has had a changing history over the last decades. In some regions there exist still agricultural models guaranteeing the continuity and development of this hot spots of biodiversity, but in other regions changes in land use, missing marketing actions and the widespread loss of professional knowledge about traditional orchards are threatening their survival.
The current lack of educational opportunities to gain comprehensive and expert knowledge about different aspects of care and management of traditional orchards was therefore the main motivation for projects' initiative.
The ESTO-„European Specialist in Traditional Orchards” project involves partner organisations and other associated experts from fields of traditional orchard farming and management and education from six European countries.
The overall aim of the project is to contribute to keep traditional orchards as a multifunctional (ecological and economical) sustainable system guaranteeing high biodiversity. Developing of new and innovative ways of teaching and learning will contribute to maintain their characteristic landscapes in a 21st century surrounding. Further project objectives are:
One of the project objectives is to develop a curriculum, based on ECVET criteria (European Credit System for Vocational Education and Training). This covers the most important aspects of knowledge about traditional orchards in fields of pomology, their management & care and processing & marketing of their products. The curriculum is offered to interested organisations and institutions on vocational, university and adult education level. The ambition of the project is to raise exiting qualifications in field of traditional orchard farming to a uniform level agreed by European experts.
The curriculum is exploited within the EU-wide consortium network and thus contributes to increasing awareness and knowledge on traditional orchards. The "Competence Centres" established during the project in participating countries ensure sustainability of the project and support further exploitation of project results. Competence Centres are contributing to sustaining the national networks', advising and linking traditional orchard stakeholders at regional levels.
Providing education and qualification in traditional orcharding will support the development and use of traditional orchards and their products. Thus they will be maintained as a source of healthy regional food and a demand for expert skills will be created in the labour market in rural areas.
1) Installation of the trans-national (work) focus groups of partners and experts focused on different thematic areas of traditional orchards (a./ pomology, b./ care and management, c./ processing and marketing)
2) Carrying out the ex-ante analysis to identify the target groups needs and contents of the curriculum
3) Screening and analysing available relevant materials resulting into comprehensive material collection (knowledge base)
4) Development of the ESTO-curriculum, based on the ECVET-methodology in EN, DE, PL, HU, DK, FR
5) Elaboration of the expert texts to selected key units of the curriculum for each thematic field as a basis for the pilot teaching material
6) Development of the teaching material based on the the pedagogical, didactical and technical upgrade of selected units of the curriculum and the expert texts
7) Testing and optimizing the curriculum in pilot „Orchard Schools“ on four educational institutions
8) Starting of the integration process into educational systems in partner countries - approaching and negotiating with educational institutions in order to inform and apply the curriculum (and other developed materials) in the teaching/training practice
9) Project dissemination and raising awareness and knowledge on traditional orchards through ESTO web-site, ESTO facebook, media outputs, presentations in events (fairs, exhibitions, conferences, workshops) and personal contacts
10) Establishment of the Competence Centres in participating countries to ensure viability of project results beyond the project lifetime
11) Networking between professionals and networks engaged in traditional orcharding and affiliated sectors through Competence Centres
Utilization and distribution of results
Recognition, transparency, certification
Open and distance learning
Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing
Information and Communication
Professional, Scientific and Technical Activities
Human Health and Social Work Activities
Arts, Entertainment and Recreation
material for open learning
open and distance learning
program or curricula
transparency and certification
- Comprehensive material collection (consisting of available literature, contacts, links courses, photo-pool, videos) as a supporting tool for utilisation of the curriculum
- ESTO-curriculum, based on ECVET describing training aims, curriculum modules, and available supportive materials and defining the target groups. The ESTO curriculum covers the most important aspects of knowledge about traditional orchards in fields of pomology, management & care of traditional orchards and processing & marketing of their products. The curriculum is available in six European languages
- The expert text elaborated on the basis of the selected key topics of the curriculum representing each module (pomology, care&management, processing&marketing)
- The pedagogical and didactical upgrade of the key units of the curriculum and the expert text resulting in comprehensive ready-to-use teaching material comprising innovative and user-friendly methods to transfer knowledge, skills and competences in topics around traditional orcharding
- ESTO "Pilot Orchard Schools" - the curriculum was tested on the basis of the teaching material and other curriculum supportive materials (e.g. material collection) in Pilot Orchard Schools at four different educational institutions
- Competence Centres in participating countries established to ensure sustainability of the project and support further exploitation of project results
- ESTO PR-materials: ESTO-logo, development of the ESTO folder in six languages and ESTO posters for dissemination purposes
- ESTO – website in 6 languages (www.esto-project.eu) providing actual, project-relevant information (project objectives, contents, target groups, traditional orchards in Europe, actual news and events etc.) and serving as a distribution platform of project results
- ESTO-facebook - offering a possibility for information and exchange for interested public, especially younger audiences
- Media relations and outputs to promote the project results: Publication of articles in journals and newsletters, radio and TV interviews, interviews for newspaper editors, producing of short video-clips in all partner languages contributed to project promotion and awareness rising about values of traditional orchards
- Project presentation in different events (fairs, exhibitions, conferences)
- 4 transnational meetings, and ESTO final and dissemination conference