The Year of Rye
Call to co-operation partners
Rye is an ancient crop for bread. However, for Estonians it is also a
symbol, a not extractable part of the national identity being kept only working
jointly. To honour the national crop and focusing public attention to it was
the base for the idea to concentrate different event around rye to one
year. The next year 2015 is in many
senses very appropriate for this: 170 years from the birth of the famous "rye
earl" von Berg and 140 years of the rye variety Sangaste the most ancient
winter rye breaded by him.
On 28th November 2014 the task force lead by Illar Lemetti a
deputy secretary general of the Estonian Ministry of Agriculture made the
proposal to announce 2015 to the year of rye in Estonia. The members of the
task force and founders of the idea of the national year of rye are
representatives of the Estonian Rye Association, Olustvere Vocational School,
Estonian Plant Breeding Institute, Ministry of Agriculture of Estonia and
The national rye year 2015 was festively announced on December 9th in the Ministry of Agriculture on the presentation of the book "Joy from rye".
The opening event of the Year of Rye will be the conference to celebrate the
170th anniversary of the birth of the Rye Earl von Berg on February
We call you to join our forces to make the Year of Rye to a success and
to contribute to the continuity of our bread crop rye.
The executive board of the Estonian Rye Association
The Estonian Rye Association (Eesti Rukki Selts) is a non-governmental organization, which unites
active people, individuals and organizations to encourage production and
consumption of domestic rye and to keep the rye-related traditions. In close
partnership with FAO´s Regional Office for Europe and Central Asia the
association is making efforts to establish an international rye network of similar
institutions in the countries where the traditions of rye production and
consumption are also maintained.
Our aim of the co-operation both in Estonia and abroad in our neighboring countries is to encourage
rye usage, winter rye cultivation and to keep historical and cultural heritage.
In this purpose we are organizing different events, conferences etc. We are
looking forward to erase your and other potential partners' interest as well to
co-operate on the „rye field".
Rye Route, a network of several institutions dealing with research,
cultivation, utilization and education on rye is a good example of
co-operation. As long-term goal we hope to establish and develop an
international network of NGO-s, NPO-s, governmental organizations, companies
etc to support the positive trends in rye production and consumption. An
international /regional information centre for information exchange could be a
part or an instrument of this network.
year has declared to be Estonian Year of Rye. The opening ceremony with
celebrating of great anniversaries of famous Estonian winter rye variety 'Sangaste'
(140 years of breeding) and its breeder Friedrich Georg Magnus von Berg (170 years after his birth)
will take place in Sangaste Manor on February 14, 2015. This event will be a perfect
start of the Rye Year to commemorate these remarkable occasions and initiate
like to start information exchange with linking each others' websites. Please
share with us any useful data and information about your activities and also
visit our websites http://www.eestirukkiselts.ee/en/ and www.ryeroute.eu
forward to a mutually fruitful cooperation I remain,
behalf of the Estonian Rye Association