In Racka Art you can be inspired by nature and the rackas, and you can discover the artist in yourself.

We, Adri Gárdonyi and Zsolt László have a bio farm in Bihardiószeg and we offer space for Racka Art.

Our newest project

More about the project

The Racka – Reservation

Rackas are special animals, we always say that a racka is more than a sheep. They love running around freely, lying in the sun, standing in the rain and then letting themselves dry by the wind. They even like watching the sunrise or the full moon curiously. Rackas are social beings.
Therefore we let them graze freely on a meadow surrounded by more than 100 fruit trees. They repay us by mowing our grass ecologically instead of using a machine. 

Grazing on pastures supports the growing of wild herbs and leads to a diverse fauna. By using natural fertilizers they also help to grow fruit.
Our pastures comprise four hectares of pastureland and orchards and would be sufficient for more rackas. So we plan to buy 20 more mother ewes from a Hungarian eco-farm. To be able to graze freely and securely the whole year round our animals need secure fences to stop foxes or wild dogs from attacking them.
The ideal site would be our pasture surrounded by more than 70 year old pear trees, our hill with nut trees and the meadow with the plum trees. There we want to develop our racka -reservation!
There we would build a shelter where the rackas could rest when it is hot or when there is a thunderstorm. It could also serve as a storeroom for hay.

Fabling Orchard

We are very proud of our beautyful and atmospheric orchard. Next to the plum trees are more than 70 years old very high pear trees and around them are more than 400 nut trees on two hills.

Coincidence or not, it has a hearth-form.

The fruit trees are around a big pasture, where our rackas can grase free all day long. Under the trees grow a lot of medical plants and it’s a pleasure to take a walk in the orchard. Because it’s like a fairytale, we thougtht to let the trees really „tell”.

We invite our supporters to send us their favorite poem or tale (no matter in which language, max. size A4) and we will hang it on a fruit tree with the name of the supporter.

Dryer

Back in the day, ten years ago, when we were preparing to plant our fruit trees, we carefully selected species that would grow well on these lands and would be resilient against diseases as these traits were most important to us as bio farmers. As a result, we are now blessed with this gorgeous orchard that surrounds the pasture of our sheep and which would be soon transforming to “Fabling Orchard” with the gracious help of all of you. Up to now we have created fruit juice and fruit preserve from the harvest in traditional ways but due to the abundant yield our trees bring to us we have to explore other ways of processing the surplus. Since every tree brings ripen fruits only for a short few weeks, we thought of obtaining a professional dryer equipment that would allow us to dry larger amount of fruit in a short period of time. The ideal dryer machine would operate on a low temperature (around 40 C degrees), hence all the fruits would preserve their natural vitamin and nutrition levels. This low drying temperature would be also ideal to dry walnuts and herbs too. We have got some intriguing flavoury types of fruits, such as black cherry, traditional peach and pear, that would turn into indulging delicacies upon drying.

Dryer

Back in the day, ten years ago, when we were preparing to plant our fruit trees, we carefully selected species that would grow well on these lands and would be resilient against diseases as these treats were most important to us as bio farmers. As a result, we are now blessed with this gorgeous orchard that surrounds the pasture of our sheep and which would be soon transforming to “Fabling Orchard” with the gracious help of all of you. Up to now we have created fruit juice and fruit preserve from the harvest in traditional ways but due to the abundant yield our trees bring to us we have to explore other ways of processing the surplus. Since every tree brings ripen fruits only for a short few weeks, we thought of obtaining a professional dryer equipment that would allow us to dry larger amount of fruit in a short period of time. The ideal dryer machine would operate on a low temperature (around 40 C degrees), hence all the fruits would preserve their natural vitamin and nutrition levels. This low drying temperature would be also ideal to dry walnuts and herbs too. We have got some intriguing flavoury types of fruits, such as black cherry, traditional peach and pear, that would turn into indulging delicacies upon drying.

Wool

Every year we follow the traditional process of using blades to shear our long-wooled sheep (racka) in order to keep them cool amid summer heat. Unfortunately, in recent years there has been a decline in the number of wool processing facilities, yet, after long search, we found a family-run facility, where they would produce felt (a traditionally woven fleece-based textile) for us. We then use this felt to create various everyday objects and decorative articles. In our classes both children and adults can quickly learn the trade of felt manufacturing and they are welcome to bring their creations home after the classes.
Over a single year our sheep provide much wool that makes enough felt material for about two years. This year’s shearing has just started and within a few weeks, just after we finished collecting all the fleece, we ship them over to the felt facility.

The budget of the project

Racka reservation – EUR 6.200

  • purchase of 20 pcs full-blood black long-wooled- sheep (racka)
  • transport and veterinary costs
  • building of fence system
  • building of a roofed place where the sheeps can ensconce in case of bad weather, and where the winter forage can be stored

Fruit drying – EUR 1.800

  • procurement of a professional fruit drying machine to dry the fruits from the Fabling Orchard and the herbs growing under them
  • procurement of tools that are needed to prepare the fruits (peeling, slicing, etc.). With the slicer we can cut equal slices, so they will dry equally.

Establish of the Fabling Orchard – EUR 1.100

  • procurement and settlement of 30 pcs old, special sort of fruit trees
  • produce weatherproof plates for poems

Wool – EUR 580

  • Transport costs
  • Cleaning the wool, making felt

How can you support us?

1. Check our rewards for our supporters and choose one!

2. Transfer your support to us!

Our bank data:

Account holder: Adrienn László-Gárdonyi  – OTP Bank, Budapest
Swift Code: OTPVHUHB

Payment in Forint:
IBAN:
HU81 1177 3384 0274 6832 0000 0000

Paypal

3. Contact us via email (rackaart@gmail.com) for more information!

Thank You for supporting us and the Racka Sheep!

For your support, please accept one of our presents, as follows:

From 10 to 99 Euro

• We send you a printable Racka Sheep 2020 Calendar by E-mail

From 100 to 199 Euro

• We send you a printable Racka Sheep 2020 Calendar by E-mail, and

• You can adopt a fruit tree! Please send us your favourite poem or bedtime story (up to 1 A4 page) and we will hang it on your adopted fruit tree. This is how you can help the Fabling Orchard bring into being!

Over 200 Euro

• We send you a printable Racka Sheep 2020 Calendar by E-mail, and

• You can adopt a fruit tree! Please send us your favourite poem or bedtime story (up to 1 A4 page) and we will hang it on your fruit tree.

• You are very welcome at us for an awful day spent together with our supporters during the summer in 2020. We will show you our farm, get to know each other by collecting medicinal herbs in The Fabling Orchard. You can taste the dried fruit  and try yourself baking a bread together with us.

• We plan 4 occasions in the summer of 2020, so we hope you will choose one of the programs and can visit us in our home. The detailed program and the exact dates we will send you by E-mail

Racka & Literature – Program

10:00

Welcoming of our guests, serving a mint tea.

11:00

Taking a walk together through the Racka Reservation, chewing tasty dried fruits. Pasturing the rackas, collecting seasonal medicinal herbs in the Fabling Orchard.

14:00

Dining together (zucchini pancake)

14:30

Free time for you, exploring the area, reading in the Fabling Orchard, or taking a snap under a tree.

16:00

Baking a bread togehter. We learn how to knead the dough then we bake little breads.

19:00

Farewell to our guests. Of course everyone can take home the baked bread, and the collected medicinal herbs.

We plan 4 occasions in the summer of 2020, between 1st of June and 15th of August, so we hope all our supporters will be able to find a suitable moment for this trip.

Regarding the exact dates in this mentioned period we will inform you by E-mail, latest until the 31st of March 2020. You can give away the participation right on the program for anyone.

We are grateful to each of our friends for every kind of help and support regarding the realization of our project!

Special thanks to:

• Nicola Steinle, who helped us with her advices

• Jozefa Juhász for the beautyful photos (jozefariella.com)

• Zsuzsa László und Jörg Jochims for the video (joix.de)

• Piroska Horváth for the beautyful paintings (horvathpiroska.com)

Impressions