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Young farmer's approach to multifunctional agriculture in Estonia


Start-up support for a young farmer's diversified business proposal based on producing organic food and providing an 'open farm' facility for raising awareness among urban dwellers about agriculture and organic food production.



24 year old farmer, Indrek Pulk was interested in setting up his own agricultural enterprise in order to demonstrate the economic viability of animal-welfare friendly farming using environmentally sensitive organic production methods. His plans also involved using his farm to promote the benefits of sustainable agriculture to the general public. He developed his project with support from the Estonian University of Life Sciences and the European Multifunctional Farmers organisation.


His aim focused on using the RDP funds to set up his business and allow him to produce a sustainable supply of self-produced organic feed for his livestock.

Main activities

RDP start-up funds were used to offset the costs of purchasing equipment and machinery required to run his agri-enterprise. Funds were used to co-finance a leveler, harrow, mower and a trailer.

Results & Benefits

Mr Pulk's organic open farm is operational and maintaining its competitiveness. He has taken on additional livestock and their efficiency scores have improved. His farm provides a demonstration facility for effective approaches to sustainable agriculture.

Lessons learnt

Young farmers have a great deal of inspiration and enthusiasm for taking on the commitments involved in securing future food supplies for European citizens. Multifunctional farms offer diversified income opportunities and help consumers understand and appreciate the work involved in producing the food they eat. Welfare and environment-friendly farms act as good ambassadors for the EU agri-food sector.

Project location and other information

Põlula küla, Rägavere vald, 46701 Lääne Virumaa, Estonia



RDP Territory


Total project cost (€)

80 000

EAFRD contribution (€)

30 000

National contribution (€)

10 000

Private contribution (€)

40 000

Project website

Contact name

Indrek Pulk


+372 52 29 285

Languages for contact

English, Estonian

At a glance



Final beneficiary type

Individual farmers

Budget range

€20 000 - €99 999

Start date:


End Date:


Theme / Measure:

• Competitiveness of Agriculture & Forestry
• Promoting knowledge and improving human potential
• 112. Setting up of young farmers


Organic farming, Animal welfare, Awareness raising, Livestock, Young farmers

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