Järki (Common sense) project family aims to protect water bodies and biodiversity while also ensuring safe, sustainable and profitable food production. Farmers are the key collaborators. Järki-work has continued since 2009 but a lot remains to be done.
The Baltic Sea needs oxygen. The sea is shallow, and water exhange depends on saltwater inflows. Sensible and preferably fast action is needed for the Baltic Sea to survive and become clean. BSAG is involved in programs leading towards a clean, living Baltic Sea. These include controlling nutrient leakage, developing better manure management techniques, improving soil fertility and removing reed beds from eutrophied waterfronts.
Sustainability and circular economy are the key concepts in finding solutions. Actors in the fields of science, research, and practical measures work together towards a clean and healthy future.
Additionally, Järki project family attempts to solve the challenge of farming in areas where the soil is loamy. Although Järki projects are mainly done in Southern and Southwest Finland, there are also some projects and collaborations done all over the country, as well as abroad.
Solutions are also searched from the labyrinth of agri-environment payments. Knowledge about good practices is circulated with active and varied communication. Farmers and other executors of practical measures are the key actors, even though the work is done on both grassroots and decision-making level.
Järki Lanta (Sensible Manure) project strived for circular agriculture between years 2012-2014. The main idea behind the project was to keep valuable nutrients circulating in food production. We cannot afford to let them leak from fields to waterways and eventually to the Baltic Sea. Manure from livestock production is not waste; when managed properly, it is a huge resource for improved growth. In addition to the correct management of manure, the project also found ways to store, transport and spread manure efficiently, and to bring livestock farmers and arable farmers together for collaboration.
Järki Lannoite (Sensible Fertilizer) project began in 2015 and ended in April 2018. The goal was to promote the use of recycled fertilizer in ways that are both economically sensible, and good for the environment and production. The project collected and redistributed information on recycled fertilizers and their market. Järki Lannoite also shared this information to farmers and other food producers. Work was done in collaboration with schools specialized in this field.
In the Järki Pelto (Järki Field) project the farmer is the expert, as they have the most knowledge on practical issues and potential problems. Protecting biodiversity and helping the Baltic Sea is a shared interest. The aim is to improve the condition and to take care of arable soil, which leads to boosting the productivity of the fields. Collaboration with researchers is tight. Listening, as well as developing and distributing practical solutions, is the main objective.
Ruokopelto (Reed field) project, active between 2015-2017, tested using material collected from common reed beds in arable land enhancement. Reeds bring valuable nutrients to the field, as well as increase the amount of carbon in the soil. Reed beds have become a problem in some waterfronts, as eutrophication intensifies and grazing decreases. In Southern Finland alone, reed beds cover approximately 30 000 hectares of waterfronts.