Jana Bergant, SLOVENIA
The story of Histria Botanica: Connecting small producers and distillers in the Istrian peninsula
Jana is owner of a farm, located in the Dragonja river valley in Slovenia. For the past 4 years she has been cultivating and producing herbs, spices, essential oils and hydrolats from a range of plants that are indigenous to the Istrian area including lavender, immortelle, yarrow and myrtle. The mission of Histria Botanica however, is much larger as it also supports the efforts to preserve the cultural heritage of indigenous herbs, incites interest in growing herbs and provides professional education in the process of steam distillation. Histria Botanica has a project of connecting small producers of the Istrian peninsula (Slovenian, Croatian and Italian) so that they may benefit from a joint market presence under one brand name.