Encounter with Animals and Sustainable Agriculture (Alfter)
Description: Around the year, school classes, children's groups and families come to the ‘Stallgespräch’, an -encounter and educational project – set on a farm with animals, garden and fields to work there. By feeding the animals and observing them, knowledge and skills in dealing with different species of animals are learned. In doing so, the visitors should develop respect towards these living beings. The animals of the project are carefully accustomed to the encounter with the people and deployed within their possibilities and abilities. The project also offers the visitors the opportunity to plant, harvest and cook their own food and thus contributes to raise awar-ness of sustainable agrarian- and food culture as well as the appreciation of healthy food.
Type of Work: Caring of the animals; disassembly and arrangement of a trailer for the visitors; improving the accessibility of the farm,construction of a horse paddock and an animal shelter; renewal of the fences; help with organic farming (such as weeding, digging); the work is varied and there is something for everyone
Study Theme: Species-appropriate animal husbandry; animal-assisted therapy; organic farming; solidary agriculture
Accommodation: In tents or on straw (please bring a camping mat and a thick sleeping bag); shower, toilet, shared kitchen available
Cooking together in the group
Requirements: Interest in species-appropriate animal husbandry and organic farming; friendly handling of animals; interest in manual labor; technical skills helpful
Approximate Location: The farm is located in the small but very lively town of Alfter between the major cities of Cologne and Bonn.
Notes: During leisure: possibility of excursions to Cologne and Bonn; hiking in the Siebengebirge (Seven Hills Region); Rhine cruises; swimming in a nearby outdoor pool
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