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This fountain looks old, but it isn’t, because the writing on it reads Dorferneuerung (= Village Renewal) 1986-87.
The Village Renewal programs in Bavaria are for villages of up to 2000 people. Funding is provided in part by the European Union and in part by the Bavarian State Ministry for Nutrition, Agriculture and Forests. The ministry also provides moderators and ideas, but the decisions are made by the villagers themselves. This slows things down but often leads to a high degree of satisfaction with the results, as here in Markt Taschendorf.
The Village Renewal programs aim to provide a long-term improvement in the living, work and environmental situation in rural areas, including land reform and improvements in the infrastructure of the village.
Though the first big push for Village Renewal in Markt Taschendorf was in 1986-87, the process continues to this day. Recently there have been two public meetings on the topic of putting up windmills to generate electricity, so as to increase the self-sufficiency of the village and provide for future needs. Moderators from an organization called bbv-LandSiedlung presented various alternatives: individual farmers who can afford it can put up a windmill of their own, or they can invest in a group project or lease a plot of their land for a windmill to be set up. The villagers themselves will decide whether windmills should be built and if so where, so as to cause minimal disruption to farming and wildlife.
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