Final Conference of Agroinclusion project  

The exciting Final Conference of the Agroinclusion project took place in Austria from June 26th to 28th, 2023. The event brought together participants from all over Europe to share the achievements and outcomes of the Erasmus+ project agroinclusion, focused on the inclusion of people with special needs in the sustainable agriculture sector.

The event kicked off on Monday, June 26th, with the arrival at Landhotel Gut Putterersee in Aigen in Ennstal, Austria. Attendees were treated to a warm welcome and a delicious welcome dinner to mark the beginning of the conference.

On Tuesday, June 27th, the conference continued at HBLFA Raumberg-Gumpenstein at Schloss Gumpenstein, where a series of meaningful presentations and discussions took place. The day started with words of welcome from Dr. Johann Gasteiner, Director of HBLFA Raumberg-Gumpenstein, and Gertrude Rieger, CEO of Lebenshilfe Ennstal. One of the highlights was the presentation by Ernestine Lüdecke, Project Initiator of "agroinclusion," who shared the achievements and outcomes of the Erasmus+ project agroinclusion.

The day was filled with informative and insightful presentations, including the report from the Gartenbaugruppe der Lebenshilfe Ennstal about their experience in the agroinclusion project. Veronika Hager from the University College for Agricultural and Environmental Education (HAUP) shared insights into the future of the project. Birgit Eker from Lebenshilfe Ennstal Gartenbau spoke about workshops across Europe and their impact. The day concluded with a summary and a meal at Schloss Gumpenstein.

On Wednesday, June 28th, the program continued with a visit to Grabnerhof, School of Agriculture and Forestry in Hall 225, Admont, where participants had the opportunity to get up close with agricultural and forestry education. They then enjoyed lunch and proceeded with a visit to the National Park Gesäuse, followed by a visit to Cafe SoWieDu - Bistro & Shop in Liezen.

The conference successfully concluded on June 28th, 2023, with the promise to sustain the momentum and results achieved during the agroinclusion project. The event was a valuable opportunity to share knowledge, experiences, and lessons learned, and to further strengthen the inclusion of people with special needs in the sustainable agriculture sector across Europe.