On Friday the 25th of April, the first year students of gardening made a visit to the composting plant ELS SOTS in Centelles. Mr. Josep Padrós explained to students the origin of the organic material used in the composting process for the formation of the final products: the compound intended for farming or gardening. It is worth noting that the composting plant uses a system with both anaerobic and aerobic bacteria, which reduces the number of turns of the piles to be done, reduces odours and it improves the process. The school, we thank ELS SOTS and Mr. Josep Padrós for their kindness and time which has allowed having the experience of this interesting visit.
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On March the 14th, in accordance with the training program established for students studying the second course of agricultural production, and after studying the subject "Beef Production", the students visited Mas Barbats in Casserres (El Berguedà). Mas Barbats is an agricultural and livestock farm in which the beef cattle herd has a central place. Mr. Ramon Pellicer, who is in charge of the farm, he responded the questions asked by the students, and he showed them the livestock, facilities and machinery of the farm. Some of the highlights of the visit are: The controls and morphological and behaviour features of the “Bruna dels Pirineus” breed, the organization and reproduction’s control, the grouping and supervision of births, the health management and control, the feeding planning of the herd that includes transhumance to different areas of Alt Berguedà, Solsonès and Pallars Sobirà. In addition to breeding calves, Mas Barbats also does other activities, such as raising calves, raising pigs, breeding chickens, producing cereals and fodder mostly destined for own consumption and also activities of agrotourism. Another important fact is that Mas Barbats markets its production through the Cooperativa Ramaders de Muntanya del Berguedà. The school, we thank Mas Barbats and Mr. Ramon Pellicer for their kindness and time which has allowed having the experience of this interesting visit.
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Friday, March the 24th, the second-year students of gardening took a day of practical Lawn’s regeneration. At the School`s gardens, they prepared, mowed, verticutted and scarifyed dethatched, removed the thatch, turf aerated (with tubular tines), removed the cylindrical soil plugs, overseeded, topdressed (the covering of the seed with resowing soil), rolled, and finally watered lightly. In addition to various craftworks, students used different machinery specialized for each task: mower, verticutter, dethatcher, turf aerator, trailer dealer of the dressing material, and roller. It turned out that the next day it snowed and then it rained and the temperatures dropped. We hope that in the next days, the expected temperature recovery and the land ripe contributes to the germination and Lawn’s emerge. Living a practical experience is something irreplaceable, something that improves the learning process and provides new perspectives on the theory taught in the classroom.
On the 9th of March, the 2nd year students of gardening visited the Golf Montanyà, in Seva. Mr. Josep Tió the green keeper, made a general presentation of the field, and then on the ground, showed and explained the different areas of the field, the types and varieties of lawn, the maintenance works, the system of irrigation, and the machinery used and their characteristics. The visit was very interesting and allowed students to see the size and degree of specialization of the different works carried out on a golf course. The beauty of the surroundings of the field, which is the Montseny Natural Park, was an added attraction to visit. We the school thank the Golf Montanyà which cooperation has allowed the realization of the visit.