Learning at the Bio-Farm
In August of 2013, Institut equalita launched the "Learning Place Bio-Farm" Grundtvig Project.
During the last fifteen years, a number of Bio-Farms within several EU countries have established and developed their own educational learning projects. Those farms that deliver such projects are commonly referred to as school farms.
Aside from these school farms, an increasing number of professionally operated farm enterprises are also opening their doors to the general public. The main objectives of this partnership project will be to identify shared and differing approaches to learning on the Bio-Farm and to share best practice between partner countries.
Visits to each of the partnership countries will serve to identify examples of good practice. The visits will also provide the opportunity to develop financial models for the frequent honorary and idealistic activities. Experience shows that the experience levels of those individuals who deliver educational work on Bio-Farms can be very variable.
The same also applies to the target groups which are the focus of the project; namely farmers, teachers, pensioners, voluntary workers etc. This raises the question of how meaningful agricultural and ecological education offers can be developed for these diverse target groups?
Objectives and target groups
The main objectives of this partnership project will be to identify shared and differing approaches to learning on the Bio-Farm and to share best practice between partner countries.
One aim of the project will be to develop a teaching colloquium covering the aforementioned aspects. In addition, the creation of a curriculum for the new role of “Bio-Farm Companion” will professionalize any future ongoing work within the participating organizations. Such work will also indirectly benefit interested members of the general public.
Different events and education formats will be developed for groups such as families, senior citizens, youngsters and children. On the farm they will learn the basics of the organic agriculture production (e.g. EU Bio-Regulation), sustainable economic development and healthy diets.
It is hoped that this work can leads to a sustainable change of consumption patterns, as well as helping to develop a better understanding between cities and the countryside.
Main products of the partnership will be:
- an analysis of county specific structures and activities for the “Learning Place Bio-Farm”;
- a compilation of Good Practice Examples;
- a European training concept for farm guides for the “Learning Place Bio-Farm”;
- and an analysis of supporting and blocking structures in partner the countries
The following institutions and countries participate at the partnership:
- Ökomarkt e. V., DE, Hamburg (Co-ordinator)
- Institute equalita, DE, Köln,
- Zivy Venkov, CZ, Moravske Kninice
- Fundacja Stanisława Karłowskiego, PL, Juchowo
- Soil Association, UK, Bristol
- Aalborg Universitet, DK, Aalborg