Nagyváthy Association

About us

Protecting the environment and sharing knowledge and information – these two goals were set in 1990 by a dozen of professionals committed to the agricultural industry and environmental awareness raising. They decided to establish a community for those holding similar views, and to implement their goals within the framework of a civil organisation. They founded Nagyváthy János Farmers' Training Association in honour of one of the masters of the Hungarian agriculture who lived more than two hundred years ago.

In the first decade of its work, the Association focused on disseminating agricultural knowledge and raising environmental awareness. In 2000, due to the difficult social integration of the agriculture, providing information on the agricultural and rural living style was included among the goals of the Association. From that year on, the Association did not only undertake to promote good agricultural practice and provide up-to-date expert knowledge, but also to offer and insight into the exciting moments of the rural agro-based enterprises for those interested in agricultural production and nature as a whole.

The Association has been named after János Nagyváthy, a prominent figure in the Hungarian agricultural history. Drawing on his spiritual heritage, the Association has set the goals of broadening the production, economic and trading knowledge of those engaged in food production, providing the knowledge necessary for successful economic management, increasing the general and specialised level of production culture, preserving our national traditions, sharing individual and collective experiences on a national basis, as well as for the benefit of the Hungarians living outside Hungary's borders.

Activities

Between 1990 and 1998, the activities of the Association were centred around the television programme "Gazdaképző". In 1992, the Association developed its Distance Learning Project for Agricultural Entrepreneurs. Its goal was to disseminate professional and specialised knowledge necessary for private enterprise-based agricultural and food production. The education project was carried out in the form of distance learning through TV2, a commercial television channel, and in the magazine "Magyar Mezőgazdaság", while the practical workshops were held in ten domestic and three foreign regional consultation centres. The episodes of the television programme were later released on VHS and published as lecture notes. The farmers' training project can look back on the experience of eight years of successful work.

At the Millennium, the members of the Association decided to extend their existing tasks with a new line. According to their experience, the social recognition of the agriculture had worsened, and rural enterprises were faded into the background within the national economy as well as in the media. Accordingly, the members decided to deliver their education program not only to the agricultural producers, but also to those interested members of the public who only know the agricultural industry from the news. The wonders of nature and the joy of creativity can easily impress anyone, if the exciting moments of rural life are brought within reach. This is how the projects Vetésforgó were started.

The scientifically justified research and development accomplishments are promoted and the related knowledge is disseminated within the framework of an outside-of-school education system. The Association works hard to achieve this by organizing traditional and distance learning courses, domestic and international scientific conferences and consultations, presentations and educational trips, providing expert advice and specialized knowledge, and issuing popular-scientific publications.

In addition to farmers' training, it is important to mention from among the Association's activities the traditional annual rogation days that have by now become an international event. As an organiser, the Association takes part in the completion of the "For the Flowery Hungary" contests, and has received notable recognition for the program series "Vitakör", where significant issues are explored and discussed with the participation of prominent individuals, outstanding professionals, farmers and smallholders, as well as media representatives.

Contact

The registered office of the Association is located in Budapest at 7/b Kinizsi utca.

Mailing address: H-1046 Budapest, Kinizsi u. 7/b

E-mail: nagyvathy.egyesulet@gmail.com