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BREATHTAKING Farm Pioneering Organics in Croatia!

February 25, 2020


So this is Zrno, the oldest organic
farm in Croatia, situated one hour away from Zagreb, the capital of Croatia,
in a small village called Habjanovac. Its area is about 20 hectares of land
under different types of crops and under different types of crop production and
management. The goal of our farm is to deliver
products that are made from the very raw ingredients from the field all
the way to the final product. There’s a bakery on site on the farm.
A sourdough bakery that makes like 20 kinds of pastry, 12 kinds of bread, There’s a processing unit that makes
different kind of fermented products, and of course there’s the the field
production, the grain production, vegetable production. In addition to that we have a
farm-to-table restaurant in Zagreb the capital that sort of works as a point of
synergy for all of those different production types, and a place where all
the different farm’s products come together to form a unique experience for
the guests and customers. this system gives us an opportunity to have
end-to-end control throughout all those modes of production resulting in a great
final product. There is also the chain of all organic
food stores Bio & Bio. In addition to that there’s Planetopija which is a
book publisher with a unique bookstore in the center of Zagreb with an eco gift
shop within its retail space. And there’s also Makronova, the education institute
specializing in educating people about healthy lifestyles, sustainability,
ecology, and so on. It was basically from this goal of educating people about sustainability, ecology, healthy lifestyles, that all the other activities,
including the stores, and ultimately the Zrno farm, and the production on its
premises, stems from. We are definitely committed to staying
true to the Organic Standards, staying true to the vegan standard, and
especially staying true to the local production in small batches. One of the challenges for our field
production is the fact that we have both the biointensive system and the
mechanized more regular sort of organic production. So we basically use both
systems at the same time to fulfill the demand that we have on the market, the
only challenges is that we have to actually manage both systems at the same
time, which is something that we are still developing the right formula to do
and it’s something that we hope to figure out in the next season.
There are 26 people working on the farm right now in different sort of segments
of the production, in multiple shifts, and with the addition of seasonal workers,
obviously, in the summer season. We really believe that the human component in
producing all of these products is something worth preserving, and
engaging the local community in making food for the future. We got the Greens Harvester about a year
and a half ago right as we started our bio intensive garden. We really see the
Greens Harvester as a symbol of the type of excellent products and innovation in
the market gardening and in the bio-intensive space. Our main motivation is a
strong belief that a healthy individual is a prerequisite for a healthy society. By producing food in the way that we do, locally, organically, in small batches… we
believe that we are producing food that is of excellent value for the individual,
and we believe that in that way, in some terms directly and sometimes indirectly,
we are promoting the development of a healthy society. I think that is our
primary motivation that gets us up in the morning and gets us through the day. I think farming can be a highly satisfying work. Obviously it’s incredibly demanding, both
physically and mentally, because we are always dealing with complex systems in
farming, there are no shortcuts, but in some way that mimics the way nature is,
and if we can overcome those challenges there’s an immense amount of
satisfaction waiting for anyone who pulls through.

54 Comments

  • Reply Ian Jerolmack February 19, 2020 at 12:34 am

    Youtube is letting me comment before the video is even released… I can't pass up!!

  • Reply soekamti reo February 19, 2020 at 5:16 am

    Ikut menunggu

  • Reply Немања Костић February 19, 2020 at 8:38 am

    Свака част! Желим вам много успеха и свако добро!

    Congratulation! I wish you a lot of success and all the best!

  • Reply Zeljko Serdar February 19, 2020 at 3:50 pm

    We are inspired and passionate farmers who can share knowledge, insights and are prepared to talk openly about all challenges and finances. Consumers are pushing for food and products grown organically, free from synthetic pesticides, hormones, antibiotics, and GMOs. Demand is outpacing production, creating a ripe opportunity for farmers who become certified organic. David and co. from Zrno and Biovega have solutions in all aspects of the field of regenerative agriculture. All the best from CCRES team.

  • Reply madhu k February 20, 2020 at 1:10 am

    Great Job

  • Reply Eppie Doodle February 20, 2020 at 1:41 am

    Beautiful farm!

  • Reply Sanela Jusufovic February 20, 2020 at 1:43 am

    Beautiful 🌱🍅🥦🥕

  • Reply Purav Gada February 20, 2020 at 2:07 am

    Amazing video, so inspirational and content is very well produced. Thank you so much for making such videos. If you have any volunteering and internship opportunities please let me know.
    Thank you

  • Reply Christopher Burns February 20, 2020 at 2:09 am

    This series is beyond amazing. I wish it could go on forever.

  • Reply Dhynasah Çakir February 20, 2020 at 2:33 am

    I dont support veganism but the farm is beautiful.

  • Reply Vishvander Pannu February 20, 2020 at 3:00 am

    Very nice…. please keep it up …… thank you

  • Reply Sean Badock February 20, 2020 at 3:30 am

    These are awesome videos, great quality and great content

  • Reply steven styles February 20, 2020 at 3:49 am

    I Really love this channel and what you guys are doing. Please keep it coming

  • Reply Carole Warner February 20, 2020 at 3:49 am

    Wow, spectacular!!!

  • Reply ANUAR Saad February 20, 2020 at 4:13 am

    It's a model worth replacate in other part of the world. Impressive concept n implementation.

  • Reply Flipmeup February 20, 2020 at 5:35 am

    Youtube needs a 3rd option to like. A ❤. This is way beyond a thumbs up. We need this from the educational side to the sustainable mindset on our resources. Great content guys. You're inspiring.

  • Reply Аптекарская грядка February 20, 2020 at 5:40 am

    Красивое видео, приятная музыка… Снимайте ещё!:)

  • Reply Khaled Al-Habib February 20, 2020 at 5:48 am

    Heaven on Earth

  • Reply Craigx71 February 20, 2020 at 6:44 am

    Great farm…. but where are all the animals, i dont see any deer or rabits or foxes, even birds! Vegetable farming has a huge negative impact on biodiversity and is the leading cause of extinction on earth!

  • Reply Vivi Vivi February 20, 2020 at 7:15 am

    Ok, it's very romantic video… 😄😄😄 good job guys! 😄😄😄

  • Reply novahina February 20, 2020 at 7:25 am

    Europe is really a step ahead 😁 I wish more people from my country would devote themselves to such great honest work for the enviroment and healthy lifestyle.
    Greetings from Brazil !

  • Reply wise heart wake up February 20, 2020 at 8:22 am

    beautiful

  • Reply Pipo Viola February 20, 2020 at 8:26 am

    Simply amazing!

  • Reply pinjarela February 20, 2020 at 8:38 am

    svaka cast susjed, samo nastavite.

  • Reply Jeremy Liquidpsy February 20, 2020 at 9:35 am

    Amazing! this is exactly what i want to build! 🙂 hope i will be able to get there

  • Reply Blue Sapphire February 20, 2020 at 12:28 pm

    Now if I lived closer to u I would definately come and volunteer on your farm. However, I live in the Philippines and so that rules that out.
    Over here there is nobody that certifies organic farms. Although the Gov encourages it.
    Many farmers here use roundup to kill the weeds and there is a practice of burning leaves.
    I have my own organic home garden and use all leaves and small branches for mulch around fruit trees mixed with a little woodash.

    I show the locals what I do and tell them I use no poisons. They are impressed with the health of the fruit trees and want to apply these techniques as well. So in a small way we all can contribute to the education of people and I often tell them, "if you look after the envirnoment, it will look after u. If u dont look after it, it wont look after u.

    Where I live the population of the town is 250,000 and there is no sewerage treatment plant. It is all septic. So all black water goes into open drains that flows into the creeks and rivers, along with quite a bit of rubbish (plastics, cans and bottles . Obviously there is a water quality issue that needs addressing and to date hasnt been.
    I have suggested to the local councillors that if this water was captured at certain locations before it entered the rivers and the rubbish removed and then diverted into a marshland for filtering and then returned to the drains, the impact on water quality would be significant and a lot less expensive then putting in a sewerage treatment plant.
    All agree. The political will to do it is all that is missing.
    Thank you for sharing. Well done.

  • Reply Hammad kashmiri February 20, 2020 at 2:57 pm

    Amazing video I inspir and motivate

  • Reply akshay prakash February 20, 2020 at 3:19 pm

    truely breathtaking love from india .. by young farmer …//

  • Reply La Horteta de Bussy February 20, 2020 at 4:06 pm

    Wow very nice

  • Reply Nanthis Jonathan February 20, 2020 at 4:33 pm

    Good Job Friend

  • Reply Vegan Bouldering February 20, 2020 at 4:52 pm

    Hey, I love that this big farm is fully vegan and organic. That's the future! <3

  • Reply Christine McCombs February 20, 2020 at 5:00 pm

    This so wonderful, how it all works together! Simply amazing! So much healthier too. Everyone can learn from this!

  • Reply Driqbal Mustafa February 20, 2020 at 6:05 pm

    Fantastic

  • Reply Virgil Palmer February 20, 2020 at 6:18 pm

    Everyone starts, with honor and integrity. Then greed eventually comes into play…

    I've seen it a million times over..

    Even in organic farming…

  • Reply jože pečovnik February 20, 2020 at 7:18 pm

    Bravo sosedje!!!!
    Tako se dela!!!
    Pogimno naprej in širite te izkusnje in znanje naprej!

  • Reply koolfarm farmer February 20, 2020 at 7:45 pm

    👍👍👍awesome

  • Reply Katarzyna Lada February 20, 2020 at 8:00 pm

    Woow wow ! Gratulacje !
    Dobra robota !
    Greetings from Poland 😊😘 !

  • Reply Oby-1 February 20, 2020 at 8:46 pm

    I wonder who did this video production. Looks a cut above what a farmer could create. As they say in the movie "Starship Troopers", Would you like to know more. Yes, yes.

  • Reply Matt Vardal February 20, 2020 at 10:02 pm

    Thanks Farmers Friend for producing these slick and inspiring videos. Good to get a more global perspective too, not just North American farms. Your Greens harvester and Pyroweeder are a key part of our farm.

  • Reply Lapis Manalis February 20, 2020 at 10:25 pm

    He says "This goal of educating people about sustainability, ecology…"

    3:21 This guy is talking out of both sides of his mouth, i.e., he is being duplicitous. He's obviously a communist, but he owns a business and needs to make a profit, hence he uses "mechanized farming" as well as organic farming to meet the "demand".

    And Jesus, how much money are the Greens Harvester people dishing out on Youtube? The last four freakin' videos I watched it was just ackwardly placed in the videos for no apparent reason. The thing is a piece of shyt that lowers the shelf-life of your crop and inhibits normal regrowth. I think a few companies like Farmers Friend bought a few too many of these pieces of shyt and are desperately trying to unload them.

    This entire video selling you corporate communism (i.e. fascism) under the mask of environmentalism. If you for some reason are unable to see that you need to study the history of propaganda, fascism, and communism. Fascism has been repackaged and now presents itself in a green mask —> they have to oppress you to save the planet.

    Please stop paying people to randomly inject the Greens Harvester and/or the Japanese paper pot piece of shyt. Enough farmers got had with both products and the word is out. Have some integrity.

  • Reply Kris Oluich February 20, 2020 at 11:33 pm

    Beautiful farm and video. My only concern is that being so diversified, you don’t burn out.

  • Reply Claudia Grundinger February 21, 2020 at 12:38 am

    Great farm! I would only include an apiary… Thanks a lot FF for sharing this inspiring video!

  • Reply Jocelyn Poesnecker February 21, 2020 at 9:01 am

    I praise and thank God, The Creator of us all. I try to buy only organically farmer food, Created By God Alone, not us. We put one of God's seeds in God's earth and watched God Make it grow. with eyes that God Created. I love God.

  • Reply Ganpignanus .Gianni February 21, 2020 at 9:24 am

    wonderful. odlicno, hvala. i'm vegan already. all the best wishes for your continued success.

  • Reply lastlines09 February 22, 2020 at 8:42 am

    Brilliant

  • Reply Anirudh Joshi February 22, 2020 at 12:37 pm

    This series should never stop!!!!

  • Reply Ilzite K February 22, 2020 at 9:45 pm

    Way to go! Thank you.

  • Reply Scoob Scooby February 22, 2020 at 11:31 pm

    👍🏽👍🏽 beautiful

  • Reply Mishal Waseem February 23, 2020 at 6:10 am

    Thank you so much for the work you're doing! Compilation of all the great work being done for a healthier planet is a wonderful initiative in and of itself :')

  • Reply FUNky Moose February 23, 2020 at 7:50 am

    Love Croatia!! Eurpoe in general has inspired me greatly to grown my own produce

  • Reply Arcelia Cody February 23, 2020 at 1:19 pm

    Dude, you and the farm are awesome!! I pray other countries can emulate ur farm for betterment of the people around the world. The whole process of the farm and education given will play a major role in improving the health of the people and the enviroment. Who knows. Ur technique will also play a major role in increasing ur tourism. Grace of our LOVING GOD is with you all and the farm.

  • Reply WinWin's February 23, 2020 at 3:55 pm

    Thank you! Perfect video clip. I will be watching more of you. (I feel healthy by watching it by the way 😀 )

  • Reply DSAK55 February 24, 2020 at 8:43 am

    This video is too processed

  • Reply Kelly Rodgers February 24, 2020 at 10:24 am

    Absolutely magic! It's wonderful to see films like this on YouTube. Keep sharing your inspiring journey with the world. Thank-you so much. Here's a farm in USA working sustainably and improving the environment. https://youtu.be/RkoCY4E0Fj4
    It's so good to see small to medium farmers going back to natural processes and working with nature. Keep sharing and one day larger companies will start to follow.

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