Since 2012 ÖMKi (Hungarian Research Institute of Organic Agriculture)`s tomato onfarm program has carried out research in cooperation with organic producers with the goal of developing production technology and gastronomic evaluation in several regions of the country. This year`s event was aimed at showcasing the experiences of organic tomato producers as well as their technological practices and the horticultural experiments of the two farms giving home to the event.
A further goal was to share and have a critical debate around the practice-oriented research that we have carried out on the past three years on the production of heirloom varieties. This summer on the morning of July 21st we visited the organic nursery of Aron Peto and Renata Bangha, a community-supported agriculture (CSA) project located in Szigetmonostor. This was followed by an afternoon visit, including lunch, to the Háromkaptár Organic Garden in nearby Tahitótfalu.
In the course of the day`s events Barbara Mirek greeted the participants and gave a brief introduction to the Institute`s heirloom tomato research including its up-to-date history, results and cooperations. She introduced the Institute´s newest publication, a technical manual entitled ‘Organic Tomato Production,’ the result of two years of professional labor.