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What is the New Thracian gold

New Thracian Gold (NTG) is a Bulgarian-Dutch project, active in the period 2009-2014, aiming at the greener future for the Eastern Rhodopes. The main objective is to develop sustainable initiatives which promote and combine organic farming, nature conservation and ecotourism. Since 2014...

The NTG team

Frank Zanderink, АRК Nature - Leader of the NTG project Frank was born in 1962. He graduated from the Agricultural University of Wage­ningen, the Netherlands (Forestry with specialisation on wildlife and nature management). He has worked for GREENPEACE NETHERLANDS; for WWF -Zambia...

Publications

On a bicycle in the Rhodopes - BNR, 22.06.2013 First Tarpan Foal for 2013 - For the nature, 02.04.2013 2013's First Tarpan Horse Born in Bulgaria - novinite.com, 02.04.2013 Curious cases from Bulgarian environmental protection - 13.03.2013 Experts Build Up Population of Fallow Deer in Eastern...

Activities of the NTG project

Plan organic agriculture 2012 Plan organic agriculture 2013

Focus groups contacts

Focus group - Kardzhali area: Galia Nikolova from Kardzhali– expert in regional advisory office of agriculture kurdjali.m@naas.government.bg Georgi Sheremetiev – Studen Kladenets reserve, +359 889 279801, gsheremetev@abv.bg  Sabina Syulukchieva – regional...

Organic model farm

ORGANIC MODEL-FARM TOPOLOVO village,  MADZHAROVO municipality  This model-farm plays a key-role in the New Thracian Gold (NTG) Project.   NTG is a project of the Dutch Foundations Ark and Avalon and aims to support the Eastern Rhodopes region by combining organic ...

Organic agriculture - links

European portal for organic agriculture State fund agriculture "Bioselena" foundation Bulgarian Ogranic Products Association Bee health: How EFSA is helping to protect our pollinators - article Eco-farming can double food production - article  

The Wild Farm

Story by Meindert Brouwer, Dutch writer and publisher: http://mb.hetwebburo.nl/October, 2009 They call their guesthouse The Wild Farm, ‘a rural house for adventures in the Eastern Rhodope’. And wild it is, not the farm, but the region. Father Nikki, mother Betty and...

Press releases

NEW THRACIAN GOLD 5 YEARS ANNIVERSARY. Open doors weekend in the Eastern Rhodopes 26-27 Apri - 17.03.2014 The winners of NTG Contest - 04.11.2013 European Bison Reintroduction in the Eastern Rhodopes - 27.10.2013 „The Wildlife of Eastern Rhodopes” in Varna and Sliven -...

Terms of use

Main project info: The New Thracian Gold (NTG) is a project of the Dutch nature preservation organizations ARK and Avalon. By 2014 they will work on supporting economic growth and welfare in the Eastern Rhodopes Mountains by developing activities which combine organic farming, nature preservation...

Agricultural produce

Dear customers, The New Thracian Gold project works with organic and in-conversion to organic agricultural producers. In order to facilitate and ease the sales for you, please refer to the Interactive Map on our website to see their location if you want to visit them on the spot. The NTG experts...

Eastern Rhodopes – taste the wild nature

The winners of the first competition „Eastern Rhodopes – taste the wild nature“ November 1, 2011 Vladimir Sulov and Valentina Raykova are the winners of the first New Thracian Gold-contest fort the most interesting itinerary and best photo from the Eastern Rhodopes. Vladimir...

Tourists visits at the producers

Many producers of organic agricultural products in the Eastern Rhodopes are open for visits of tourists and journalists. Besides the famous hospitality, they will offer traditional Bulgarian dishes prepared with ecological or organic local products, they will take you to the fields and...

Dimo Karaboyukov’s place in the village Popovets

Dimo Karaboyukov grows vines (5,15 ha wine and table grapes) and alfalfa (3.91 ha)  near the village of Popovets, Stambolovo municipality. He accepts visitors all year round, upon prior request. The groups can be up to 10 people. A walk in the vineyard, including trimming and picking of...

Petko Angelov’s place in the village of Rabovo

Petko Angelov accepts visitors all year round in groups of 15 people. The price for groups of 7-8 people is 5 leva per person, for individual guests it’s 10 leva. Visitors can see and even participate in traditional making of wheat bread, in harvesting, threshing and other agricultural...

Krasimir Arabadzhiev’s place in village of Topolovo

All year round Krasimir Arabadzhiev, also known as Kasim, accepts groups of a maximum of 12 people at his organic farm in Topolovo. The farm is a model for the “New Thracian Gold” project. A visit to the farm cost 3 leva per visitor. He can offer honey, herbs andwine made of organic...

Enver Yusein’s place in the village of Rumelia

Enver Yusein and his wife  accept visitors in their own tidy house in the village of Rumelia, which is about 2 km from the model organic farm of Krassimir Arabadzhiev. All year round they welcome individuals and groups of up to 12 people. Accommodation costs  15 leva per person (for 6...

Adventures with wild horses

FOUR UNFORGETABLE DAYS IN THE WILD FARM WITH HORSE RIDING AND OBSERVING OF WILD HORSES   Date: 27 – 30 APRIL 2012   PROGRAM: Arriving – 27 April – Friday: Accommodation in the Wild Farm in the village of Gorno pole near Madzharovo. Rest and...

Wineries and degustation

Winery “Trakia” in the village of Popovets Dimo Karaboyukov is a great host and inexhaustible source of stories about the Rhodope mountains, Stambolovo area and Popovets village. He can turn the tape of his family more than a century ago and tell you amazing stories about the...

Farms and attractions

The Wild Farm in the village of Gorno Pole The Wild Farm is a non-traditional, organic farm in the village of Gorno Pole, Madzharovo Municipality. The young Vasilievi family, who are the owners, gave up their life in the big city to develop rural tourism in the old family house. Now they...

A Culinary Guidebook to the Eastern Rhodopes

Do you happen to know what gyuzlemi are? Have you ever tasted a rabbit banitsa or a pumpkin stuffed with rabbit meat? Have you ever eaten chicken with katmi or krukmach? Have you heart about a Rhodopean zelnik? Or about a maslenitsa? Information and the recipes about these dishes you can...

Competition 2011

Vladimir Sulov and Valentina Raykova are the winners of the first New Thracian Gold-contest fort the most interesting itinerary and best photo from the Eastern Rhodopes. Vladimir Sulov wins the photo competition with his View of the Priest (Perperikon). Sulov is actually twice a winner, because...

The Winners in the Second Edition of NTG Contest „Eastern Rhodopes – taste the wild nature“

Kichka Dyankova and Yassena Popova are the winners in the second edition of the Competition „Eastern Rhodopes – taste the wild nature“. They submitted the most interesting travel story  and the best photo, according to the jury of New Thracian Gold. The number of...

The Wild Farm of Betty and Nikolay Vassilievi

In their new guest house Betty and Nikolay can accommodate guests in six rooms. The family combines various entrepreneurial interests. In addition to hospitality and tourism the Wild Farm is specialised in organic farming. Currently, they breed more than 450 Rodopi Shorthorn cattle and Bulgarian...

Rewilding Rhodopes Foundation

Rewilding Rhodopes Foundation is a legal non-profit entity which inherited the nature conservation activities of the New Thracian Gold project in the region of the Eastern Rhodopes. The main activities of the Foundation are connected with natural grazing of Red and Fallow deer and wild horses in...

Donations

You can contribute to the efforts  of  Rewilding Rhodopes Foundation for sustainable development of the Eastern Rhodopes or particularly, our work in these priorities: Wilderness and biodiversity The wilderness component aims at the restoration and conservation of one of the best...

First Organic Tahini Factory in Bulgaria

On May 23rd, the first organic tahini factory in Bulgaria - BIOTERRA – IVAYLOVGRAD Ltd. - was officially opened in the village of Kondovo, Municipality Ivaylovgrad. Its opening becomes possible thanks to the expert and financial support by the Bulgarian-Dutch project New Thracian Gold (NTG)...

And the winner is...

The winners of NTG’s third edition of the contest “Eastern Rhodopes - taste the wild nature” are: Anahid Chalyovska, Vasil Anastasovski , Olya Stoyanova Herman van der Hart. Travel story competition In the section for the most interesting travel story, Anahid...