With the birth of their fifth child, Vojislav and Jasmina replaced the quick and stressful Belgrade life with a calm and peaceful life in village Kriva Reka. Their intention was to create a self-sustaining farmstead, continuing the tradition of cultivating Alpine goats of Vojislav's parents.
Due to the quality and demand for goat cheese produced by mother-in-law, Jasmina Kostic was thinking about moving from Belgrade to Kriva Reka and they definitely made a decision when she was pregnant for the fifth time, last summer.
- Agriculture takes some time, we have been here for one year. It's not as fast as we thought, but it is going in its own way, in the direction that we wanted - said Jasmina.
Two daughters remained in the city to go to school, two boys started school and kindergarten in the village, and the youngest Vuk is still following mom and dad in expanding grandparent's farm.
With about fifty alpine goats, they also have chickens, pigs, they built a dairy factory, they intend on placing the cheese in Uzice, Belgrade, and Zlatibor.
Jasmina was a successful project manager in Belgrade, and Vojislav worked abroad, and their goal is a self-sustaining household, where they will produce enough food for their own needs and for animals and the necessary energy, relying on science.
- I have seen everything that is good and bad in Europe, in East and West, I am trying to make a story together with Jasmina, to pick up what is good, what we have seen, like Aquaponics. That is the system where we cultivate fish in swimming pools, the fish feeds the plant, the plant purifies the water and returns the clean water to fish, and we have the fruit of the plant and fish that grows - explains Jasmina's husband, Vojislav Niciforovic.
Greenhouse for aquaponics just arrived, and while they have plans to make everything ready by the end of the year, Jasmina answers about the activities of the Cajetina Association of village women, where she gladly joined.
- That is actually the dose of management that will be good for me, which is not so stressful, I have escaped that stress and that is something I can contribute to with my knowledge and energy to this community. These women are phenomenal, village women who know a lot of things - said Jasmina.
There are a lot of plans, they think that the association will have an easier time placing its products, that it will make a regular income, and that they will show others that living in a village can be a calm harbour for young married couples, just like Kriva Reka for her big family.
(Telegraf.co.uk / RTS)