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Craft Reach project steering group meeting

The Craft Reach project had its 6th partner meeting in lovely Ballycastle in Northern Ireland in early February 2017. The local partner, Causeway Cost and Glens Heritage Trust put together an exciting programme including  visits to several enterprises that are soon to be launched as Économusées. 

ÉCONOMUSÉE opening of The Cider House in lovely sun

With beautiful tones from St. Edmunds Church choir and sparkling cider in our glasses The Cider House was launched as the 12th ÉCONOMUSÉE in Norway. In the garden 60 guests were gathered from the local society, the municipality of Balestrand, representatives from the government, other ÉCONOMUSÉE companies and students from an Erasmus project. It was a beautiful sunny day in Balestrand and in perfect surroundings the Minister of Agriculture and Food, Jon Georg Dale, and the Ambassador /Head of the EU Delegation to Norway, Helen Campbell, officially launched TheCider House as a member of the ÉCONOMUSÉE family.

 

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The Minister of Agriculture and Food and head of the EU delegation to Norway opens The Cider House ÉCONOMUSÉE. Photo: Hordaland fylkeskommune. 

 

ÉCONOMUSÉE, (Artisans at Work) is a concept that was developed in Québec and involves partners from Canada, Norway, Sweden, the Faroe Islands, Iceland, Greenland, the Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland.  There are currently 70 ÉCONOMUSÉE workshops across these 8 countries with an additional 20 to be launched by March 2018.  Phase III of the ÉCONOMUSÉE project began in April 2015 and is funded by Interreg VB Northern Periphery and Arctic Area Programme 2014-2020.

 

Behind The Cider House we find the couple Eli-Grethe Høyvik and Åge Eitungjerde, their children Gard and Heidrun and daughter-in-law Tuba Ardic. The Cider House produce traditional Norwegian apple cider. They grow their own apples and have over decades developed different sorts of fine cider, from sparkling to fruit brandies. Åge’s grandfather planted the orchard in 1922 and Åge continued managing the farm from 1995. He then looked at a new way to exploit the fruit and the result was establishing Balholm and the The Cider House. Balholm was created as a pioneer product, the first completely natural fruit juice at the Norwegian marked. The Cider House was completed in 2005, however they are constantly improving. Gard and his wife Tuba from Turkey established a restaurant and they have remarkable success with the food, other activities and international cooperation through Erasmus-projects.

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After a tour in the museum and we had a lovely lunch, made by Tuba and her family from Turkey. With dishes from Turkey and Norway and off course homemade cider. During the lunch, there were many congratulations and good wishes for the future from many of the guests.

Recently the Norwegian government changed the law concerning sales of product that contains alcohol produced on the farm. Fortunately, The Cider House, can now sell their products that contains up to 22 vol % in their farm shop. Many of the guests appreciated this change in the law. 

We whole heartily welcome The Cider House to the ÉCONOMUSÉE international network, and give our best wishes of luck in the future!

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The shop where you can buy products from The Cider House.

 

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Eli-Grete Høyvvik is guiding The Royal Norwegian Society for Development in Balestrand. A lot of history in this beautiful village. 

Great activity of Économusée in the Faroes

These days, the establishment of new Économusée in the Faroe Islands are well under way. The new Économusée members; Atlantic Basalt and The Wood Artisan, Joel Cole, are expected to be officially launched as an Économusée and will open their doors to visitors in late May. This will bring the total number of Économusée on the Island to six.

Kick-off of a summer-long celebration of the senses

Vancouver, B.C., May 5, 2017 – The Société de développement économique de la Colombie-Britannique (SDE) launched yesterday its summer-long "Celebration of the Senses" at Townsite Brewing, which was also celebrating its admission as a new member of the ÉCONOMUSÉE® BC Artisan at Work network.

New Project Manager for Économusée Craft Reach

Kåre Spissøy has recently been appointed as Project Manager to lead the final part of the Économusée project safely to finish line. He is 52 years old and live on an island south of Bergen. He has a vast range of experience including large international projects in Telenor, advising entrepreneurs and also several startups on his resume.

Project Manager’s Notes

The next events coming up for the Craft Reach project are first to get started with the reporting of the 4th project period, which ends the 12th of April. During the following month, all the partners shall have their claim 4 ready for submitting to the controllers. The controllers then have two months to check through everything. Before June 12th, we shall have a finalized project report including all the FLC certificates, ready for submitting to our Joint Secretariat in the NPA.

Rising Stars

Ursa Minor in Ballycastle was launched as the fourth ÉCONOMUSÉE in the United Kingdom on Thursday 13th April 2017. Guest speakers included John and Sally McKenna; the faces behind guides.ie and McKenna's Guides and Graham Thompson, Chief Executive of Causeway Coast and Glens Heritage Trust. Graham commented: “I am delighted to see the launch of the fourth ÉCONOMUSÉE workshop. We are pleased to welcome Ursa Minor to the ÉCONOMUSÉE network in Northern Ireland”.

What is an Économusée?

Each ÉCONOMUSÉE is carefully concocted to make your visit memorable. Whether it's outside on the porch, inside the front doors, or woven through the garden, the RECEPTION area is where you meet the artisan or one of their helpers, and get oriented to their trade and to the working studio you're about to explore.