The Learning Farm at Podere Calledro is available for school groups and non school groups. Activities show and tell all about farm life through direct contact with the animals, the farming areas and produce, equipment and how all these things are used on a farm.
Teaching is done through doing: activities for teaching are organized with a hands-on approach. The Podere Calledro Learning Farm is a remarkable laboratory for active learning. Young learners can take part in farm activities and try them out for themselves. Kids have lots of fun while learning.
At the heart of these activities is the aim to kindle a passion for the values in culture and the environment. It is important to increase awareness in good food habits of healthy eating. It is valuable to learn how man relates to horses and developing emotional and sensorial sentivity. It is essential that children learn how to respect water conservation and its use.
THE MAGIC HORSE
As the farm includes a working stables, children have the opportunity come into close contact with the equine world. How horses were used in the past to work the fields for planting and harvesting is presented, as well as how they are used today. Various breeds are presented, along with their habits and feeding needs. Children can also clean, feed and ride the horses on the farm, under the supervision of a fully qualified Italian Equestrian Federation instructor.
ALL FOR ONE AND WATER FOR ALL
This includes an educational presentation on the essential nature of water to all life on earth. This presentation uses the duck pond and the vegetable gardens to teach children about the multiple uses of water, including the saving and recycling of water. It also emphasizes the need to share water with wildlife and nature. This activity includes, season permitting, picking vegetables and bird watching.
VOYAGE INTO OUR PEASANT PAST
Discover the areas agricultural past through an exhibition of photographs and original farm implements and tools from the first half of the twentieth century. The exhibition is intended to also develop a better appreciation for the previous hard ways of rural life, and how agriculture and rural areas have evolved since the early twentieth century. An educational video is presented, along with the opportunity to directly try using some of the antique farm equipment.
THE TALES OF CHICKPEAS
This presents a guide to the processes encompassed in producing, harvesting, drying and processing into flour, leguminous plants. There is a brief overview of their nutritional properties and the importance of crop rotation to ensure the ongoing productivity of agricultural land. Children will enjoy the hands-on experience of the entire production process, including tasting them in some easy and delicious recipes.
SOME USEFUL INFORMATION
Can be easily reached by the Terni-Orte highway which is about 2 kilometres away from the Orte exit off the A1.
The Podere Calledro is open all year round.
Booking is required no less than 24 hours ahead of arrival for a minimum of 5 persons. The suggested activities can be adjusted according to age.
The direction must be notified of any guest with allergies or food intollerance.
Cancellations for teaching activities must be notified no less than 10 days prior to the date booked. In case of bad weather, activities will be rescheduled in arrangement with docents.
We advise sportswear and comfortable footwear.
Transportation and costs are organized by the school.