The village of Gradska is known for its high temperatures, long dry periods, and, (despite the unforgiving climate), its sumptuous olives, grapes, peaches, nectarines, strawberries, figs and pomegranates.
Before the war over three hundred people lived in the village. The majority of people worked in government positions, or for private companies and institutions in Ljubuski (7km from Gradska) and other neighbouring towns. Most villagers had a garden in which they grew a rich variety of fruits and vegetables.
The strong agricultural tradition gave Gradska residents a sense of financial security and independence. Now; post-war, the picture is somewhat different.
When the war began many people left the village, fleeing to neighbouring Mostar or leaving the country entirely. Even now many remain displaced; reluctant to return as most of the companies and factories have been destroyed, making jobs hard to find.
A return to agriculture is the only real hope for Gradska, but due to a lack of water, even this is not easy.
In the past, villagers would build water tanks next to their houses to collect the rain or travel to town to buy water cisterns. This enabled them to grow produce even during the hot and dry months from May to September.
Today a few returnees have developed gardens next to their houses, but without vital water supplies they are able to grow only small amounts of produce. If the residents are to begin to expand their production to its pre-war level and if more people are to be enabled to return to their homes they must solve this problem of water.