12 August 2021

The United Nations has identified “the transformation of food systems” as the theme of this year’s International Youth Day. At EPEKA, Soc. Ent., we are aware that youth innovation is key to ensuring the health of people and the planet.
Slovenian artists Eva Pavlič Seifert and Aljaž Celarc left the comfort of the Dutch metropolis of Rotterdam in 2017 and moved to Nova Kot, one of the most remote Slovenian villages in the municipality of Loški Potok. There, they restored a traditional wooden house with their own hands and began regenerative food production.

Aljaž from House Mandrova showed us how it is possible to produce almost all food at 800 meters above sea level in a very cold area with similar characteristics as the neighboring Babno Polje, while regenerating a degraded cultural landscape. Due to the limited possibilities of production on a larger scale, he and Eva focused on finding and designing alternative production methods, with the aim of showing everyone that “if we can, everyone can”. Since then, the Mandrova House has been an open learning environment that enables workshop participants to acquire theoretical knowledge and practical skills.

On Thursday, August 12, 2021, on the island of Maribor, we organized a presentation from 11 a.m. until noon.

The event was organized as part of the Train-CE-Food project, funded by the European Commission and the Ministry of Public Administration (Facebook, website).