Tomaszyn is a small village located in Warmia and Mazury. It consists of ten households and a cooperative. The region is classified as the Green Lungs of Poland and has the lowest population density in the country. There are eight landscape parks in the voivodeship, which shelter natural phenomena on a European scale. It is said to be the Land of a Thousand Lakes.
Tomaszyn has been a farming and prosperous village for many centuries, first written information dating to 1410. However, most of the village buildings were destroyed during World War 2.
The population shrunk to four farms and several vacationers reaching the lowest point in 2017. A year later, the Cooperative Ostoja Natury was formed and settled in Tomaszyn. Ostoja Natury is the ‘agricultural ecosystem of tomorrow’, constituting the reference farm model of the smart village. This organic farm is a closed circuit in which waste is fuel, it produces energy, enables year-round food production, and works more efficiently, ensuring higher yields.
While creating Ostoja Natury, we were inspired by nature’s already existing solutions. Just as in a prehistoric forest – the circuit is everything, waste is non-existent. Our goal is to create an ecosystem designed to provide economic efficiency with minimal influence on the environment. Methods tested over the ages, such as crop rotation, raised seedbeds, home recipes, and many more, are refreshed and implemented, using technological innovations of modern times.
Our cooperative had developed and started the implementation of several strategies in Tomaszyn:
- Ostoja Natury Village 3.0;
- Bio Hub;
- Waste-free, self-sufficient habitat for rural households;
- Passive, rain based, Ost-Oya irrigation system;
- Passive greenhouse.
Tomaszyn: on the path of sustainability
Ostoja Natury launches construction of an eco-friendly storage space for vegetables, intended to be built from hemp and lime bricks, recently shipped from Belgium. The Cooperative plans on using other natural materials to isolate the 120 m2 storage space.
The hemp and lime bricks, 10x20x40 cm big, are produced through a special manufacturing process, involving cold air, which results in the two materials being pressed together to form a brick.
Tomaszyn hosts first Smart Rural 21 regional workshop
Complementing the Tomaszyn BioTech conference of 12 September, a virtual visit of the village (13 September) and a panel discussion on support for smart villages (14 September) will form the first regional workshop of the Smart Rural 21 project – see the full programme.
The virtual visit will be livestreamed on YouTube and no prior registration is needed. The panel discussion is mainly intended for policy-makers and individuals, involved in shaping Smart Village policies, participation is subject to registration.
Tomaszyn BioTech conference
The second edition of the international BioTech conference will take place virtually in Tomaszyn on 12 September and address a wide range of topics, such as the future of farming, the EU Green Deal, 21st century agriculture, organic farming, Smart Rural 21 villages.
Smart agriculture in Tomaszyn
Find out how regenerative agriculture and smart ecological production methods are implemented in the Ostoja Natury cooperative in Tomaszyn – Piotr Ostaszewski, Chief Executive Officer of the cooperative, tells participants of the Smart Rural 21 project’s Communities Café in July 2021.
Discover also how the cooperative’s BIO HUB – a ‘from-farm-to-fork’ short-chain distribution strategy – was realised in the Olsztynek, Warmia and Mazury regions.
The Ostoja Natury cooperative was formed and set up in Tomaszyn with the objective of becoming the driving force of change of the village.
Ostoja Natury Cooperative, Tomaszyn, recognised as a Smart Village!
Discover the Ostoja Natury Cooperative, set up in 2019 in Tomaszyn. It consists of a group of producers creating high-quality food, distributed directly to customers through a sales platform that does not require intermediaries. This organic farm is a closed circuit in which waste is a fuel, and farm produces energy, enables year-round food production and works more efficiently, ensuring higher yields. Watch this short documentary – ‘Farm Gear on the trail of innovation’ – showcasing the winners of the ‘Smart Village’ competition, including the Ostoja Natury Cooperative, run by the Polish Ministry of Agriculture and the Polish Academy of Sciences.
Main village contact
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