Title FARMLAND Farm Activities for Rural Model Learning And Nature Didactics
Project Number 2013-1-PL1-LEO05-37562
Project Type Transfer of Innovation
Since more than 15 years farm school experiences have been performed in different European countries: “scuola in fattoria” in Italy, “fermes pédagogiques” in France, “open farms in UK, “granjas escuelas” in Spain, “school boerderij” in the Netherlands and have demonstrated their impact and coherence with concepts of multifunctional and sustainable agriculture.
FARMLAND Project is based on transfer of innovation from the Italian “Scuola in Fattoria” network. Starting from the "Scuola in Fattoria" network teaching materials, provided by the core-partner "Agricoltura è Vita", the project implements a training system on multifunctional farming management, by addressing EU standards (EQARF), with a specific focus on the European priority of "new skills for new jobs" in the economic area of the "green work".
The FARMLAND international consortium, led by the Polish Agricultural Advisory Centre in Krakow includes a complete expertise to realize a successful transfer of innovation aimed on social farming development and new job opportunities, specifically for youngsters and women in rural areas.
Summary Due to reform of EU Agricultural Policies, aids to agriculture are no longer bound to the quantity of products, thereby abandoning protectionist policies for a more open market careful to the quality and origin of products, protection of consumers, environment and well-being of animals. Farmers are facing risks and opportunities on the main road for business development, competitiveness, diversification, multi-functionality, valorisation within wider rural contexts. There is growing interest in the agritourism or farm staying, which allows visitors to enjoy a human dimension that is increasingly difficult to find in the hustle and bustle of city life. Special impulse along these lines comes from school tourism, which seems to show growing appreciation for educational and entertainment open-air opportunities available at farm schools offering well-tested didactic activities as life experiences. To improve the quality of these important experiences, facilitate their circulation and develop skills required for management of farm educational-logistical activities, it is essential to create a training system that can involve together agricultural entrepreneurs and other human resources, such as teachers as a category facing serious employment difficulties as well as persons in charge of social and youth services. In fact, both public and private schools are less and less able to offer permanent jobs to vocational and high education graduates and trained people representing the growing ranks of unemployed and under-employed intellectuals, most of them women. A trend to reduce, both for demographic and public spending review, the number of schools, above all in rural areas, is augmenting the need for families to enroll their children at day-care centers even at a very early age. This creates difficult situations, such as time and money spending for parents, culminating in decisions that often force women to give up their jobs. This project intends to create a bridge in which training programmes simultaneously offer opportunities to agricultural enterprises and to those who can become a useful part of the evolution of farm schools towards a real service for schools and families relying on social care, educational activities in connection with school institutions and educational tourism (farm and kindergarten school). The main methodology used at the farm schools is based on “learning by doing”, typical of the traditional farmers’ heritage, with practical courses on gardening and horticulture, management of farm animals, traditional food making, use of ecologic material for buildings, knowledge, cultivation and propagation of herbs for health and food purpose, sustainable waste management, recycling, use of renewable energy sources and energy saving systems. The teaching materials for transfer of innovation form a gallery of case studies, are provided by “Agricoltura è Vita" association, responsible for “Scuola in fattoria” network in Italy.
Starting from the "Scuola in Fattoria" network teaching materials, provided by the core-partner "Agricoltura è Vita", the project implements a training system on multifunctional farming management, by addressing EU standards (EQARF), with a specific focus on the European priority of "new skills for new jobs" in the economic area of the "green work". The members of the Consortium, with different roles and experiences, developed a collaboration for updating relevant training needs, testing the adapted teaching materials in English, as a vehicular language, and disseminating the training outcomes with target users, with a specific focus on new skills needed by the farmers. The consortium developed a survey on new skills needed for school farms specifically based on farm animals. The Romanian partner took responsibility for elaborating a transfer strategy for the new teaching materials on school farms and CEJA was responsibile for working on trasferability at European level of the new methodology, in benchmarking with advanced case studies in other countries (Belgium, Holland, Germany, UK). ASAJA implemented and tested the teaching materials in reference to school farm activities in Spain. Adaptation of the teaching materials to the new contexts with assessment to the European quality standards of the new training system according to the EQF (European Quality Framework) methodology and indicators was the role of the "Agricultura e Vita" and the "National Research Institute of Animal Production.
Final project product is e-handbook (on DVD) including the completed training course consist of 6 interactive training modules.
Open and distance learning
Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing
material for open learning
procedure for the analysis and prognosis of the vocational training requirement
1. Questionnaires on school farm need analysis and adapted teaching materials - survey in BE, IT, ES, PL, RO
2. Need analysis report on innovative trends - transnational report
3. Adaptation and development of the teaching materials - on-line on project website and E-book on DVD in EN,IT, ES, PL and RO languages.