This year, the school will participate in floral @campionat_catskills. It will be the first
edition of this discipline. Last year “Jardineria i Paisatgisme” of Quintanes’ team was
placed in the third position.
The competition is about a practice session and tournament day. Two students participated (principal and reserve). Everyone will do a series of practices, and the two best-developed ones will come out as representatives.
Today was the day, good job!
Discovering floral art and unknown skills. Gardening has a very creative side that generally the students don’t have in mind, and they get surprised once they find out.
Gardening bloom in Quintans: setting up, preserving, and restoring exterior and interior gardens, like grass of sportive using, and carrying out activities of plant and florist production, taking place and maintaining the machinery and facilities, fulfilling with the environmental normative, the quality control and labor risk precaution.
During all the year, the school changes every two weeks of students: First-year and
second-year students alternate. When the students are not in Quintanes, they are
doing alternative practice. Each student has a practice convention signed, usually
near their residence place.
Once they end their studies, proximity, and knowledge of the area can turn into an
already professional relationship.
In the photo, Roger Carbonell, a student of 2o “Paisatgisme i Medi Rural, on his daily life practices in the company. In this case, he collaborates on the management of the ecological vegetable garden of Can Jubany restaurant. The tutor took the photos during one of the follow-up visits. Where the tutor, in this case, Mr. Quico Arumí talks to the student to ensure everything is going correctly.
Thank you to all the companies that feed this unique way of teaching us.
The student Visit was to La Casa de les Abelles (Sant Pere de Torelló), where
Ramon and Cèlia explained to us a lot of things related to the apiculture world.
The visit was divided into two activities: the theoric one and the practice one, visiting
the hives and applying what they explained to us previously. The visit concluded by
extracting honey from a frame recently pulled out of the apiary and tasting it.
In this area, exists microclimates that benefit the existence of a large variety of flowers. Therefore, it makes possible an enriching and diverse fabrication with a great range of flavors and colors.
Student Visit of 2o year “Grau Superior de Ramaderia i Sanitat Animal” to Mas La
Mas La Carrera was the first, and for a long time, the only farm of Spain officially
recognized by Aberdeen-Angus Cattle Society www.aberdeen-angus.co.uk). An
organization where its headquarter is located in Scotland and is in charge of the
For some years, Mas La Carrera completed the breeding and fattening calves cycle with a feeding base of fodder and commercialized the meat produced with the brand NATRUS. http://www.natrus.cat/
We are thankful for the student visits to the companies that open their gates and show us firsthand the reality and the daily life of the sector.
+ info: http://www.maslacarrera.cat/
During the 11th and 12th of March, the students of 2o “Grau Mitjà de Jardineria”
carried out climbing practices and safety techniques in the trees. The sessions were
divided into two days, and the students learned the different knots that are used
(overhand knot, double eight knots, bowline, Prusik ...), the techniques to access
trees, to move through the crown, and to be secure.
Moreover, we worked on how to unload branches in a controlled way from a tree with the use of pulleys and a brake. The sessions were developed with the participation of three professional arborist and expert climbers together with the arborist teachers from second of gardening.
Afterward, the students will have to do a climbing technique exam that validates they have achieved the basic competencies on these techniques.
The daily life of Quintanes students is very varied. Face-to-face classes, practices in
the company, social gatherings with professionals, group visits to companies
regarding the sector, and capacity professionals.
In the photo, the students of 2o “Grau Mitjà d’Agropecuària” visited Àngel Caralt sl. Angel has 37.4k followers on his Instagram profile @angelocromatto, which is not a coincidence! We asked him why he believes so. We made him think a little bit:
“Our specialty is ensile fodder, as a consequence the machinery team are big and in large quantity, this makes it very exciting to the public, a lot of people is passionate on this world, but never does it as the way I do.” So, making things with passion is the point!
One of our principal activities in the forest is dragging. An antique and hard job
where the persons used to descend all the cut wooden trunks from the wooded area
of the harbor to places with easy access. It was an animal draught work, where the
co-protagonists were, without doubt, the horses.
Currently, the activity is the same. It keeps being one of the primary forestry activities, but it’s clear that technology has helped make labor less physical than it was in the past. Dragging is carried out with a skidder or capstan tractor, or, depending on the floor conditions, with a self-loading truck.
This 2021 “Premi Emprenedoria Quintanes / BBVA de l'entorn rural” celebrates the third edition, and it's done by increasing until four award-winning names. Among the newness of this new edition stand out the best project with 15,000 economic amount euros, and the three secondary awards it will be granted of 2,000 euros each. The
three runners-up will be distributed among the different sector's participants:agro-stock, forestry, and gardening.
The people with enterprising spirit, self-employed and small companies with a maximum of 25 workers that have activities in the agro-stock, forestry, and gardening actor in Catalonia, can present their candidacy. The announcement of the third edition, “Premi Emprenedoria Quintanes/BBVA de l’entorn rural ” will be open until April 30, 2021. The candidatures can be submitted through the questionnaire available on the web. EFA Quintanes school, with Fundació Antiga Caixa Manlleu, BBVA, and Casa Tarradellas motivate the announcement of this award that highlight the importance of the companies and the agrarian activities. And recognize the entrepreneurs who manage a prosperous environment through initiatives that watch over for sustainability.
This award with a biennial feature has been carried out since 2016 and has the objective to spread the enterprising principles and innovation in the rural world. This third edition is celebrated in 2021 and not in 2020 due to the generated Covid-19 situation.
Follow us on our new social network of the award: IG - FB @premiquintanesbbvaentornrural // TW @PQuintanesBBVA
The 2º students of “Grau mitjà de jardineria” have done height pruning practice and the use of the elevator platform in the Despujol gardens. These gardens are in the Les Masies de Voltregà town council building. The school keeps a collaboration convention with the town council, and for four years, we are carrying out pruning and forest maintenance.
Moreover, the students have worked on how forest management is developed, the risk management of the urban trees, trees inventory, and other technical aspects.
In March, will be complemented the practices of climbing and security to access the trees.
These practices are included on the students' curriculum of the "Grau mitjà de jardineria" and are complemented, with an specific certification on lifting platform handling and height pruning.
The intervention consists of different sessions throughout the school year, with forestry students (the ones in the photo), and "Cicle formatiu de grau mitjà de jardineria; paisatgisme, medi rural and forestals de grau superior ". A detail that makes it more interesting because of the focus labor in multidisciplinary form.
Another year, the 1º students “Grau Superior de Ramaderia i Sanitat Animal “visited Mas Bes agriculture farm. Mas Bes is a company that produces milk for the ATO Natura brand.
Joan Viñolas explained to all of us the evolution and current functioning of the farm, the biogas plant where they produce electricity, and the solar photovoltaic plates for their self-consumption. Moreover, the visits to the farm they offer to all types of interested groups.
Generally, the Mas Bes visitors can complete the experience by visiting the “Museu de Pagès” to discover the life evolution of the countryside, the agro shop where you can buy products of own production, and finally, eat at the farm restaurant. The current circumstance and the limitation to receive visits due to the Covid -19 pandemic has driven Mas Bes to increase sum catalogs of nutritional products, creating new elaborate products and offering new service as, for example, selling Christmas baskets.
Mas Bes is an example of an open public company that progresses and risks new projects. From the school, we want to express our gratitude to Mas bes for this opportunity to conduct this interesting visit.
We hope soon, farms like Mas Ben will be able to retake their excellent production and educational activity that allows all kinds of public to understand and appreciate the importance of basic food fabrication like milk and meat.
+ info: https://www.masbes.com
We have participated at the "Bones pràctiques" table in FP dual in the "XVIII Jornada de Qualitat" in Ensenyament, where we have exposed our experience and curiosity.
As stated by the Department of education, these conferences aim to promote management improvements: effective and efficient. And help centers gaining excellent results in all their processes, especially those on learning and teaching. It has been very enriching sessions because of participation. And we could listen to other examples that will help us improve the system we are carrying out yet.
We appreciate the opportunity that the Department of Education has given us by inviting us to participate.
This week we have increased the machinery park with the acquisition of the new forestal strimmer of 4 -cycles UMK 450 of 50cc courtesy by Honda-Echo and Aldimak.
After some years, requesting Honda to build 4-cycle strimmers of bigger cylinder capacity for forestry works, finally, they have put on sale this season a strimmer with these characteristics.
This strimmer would be able to carry different cut tools in addition to the wire and garbage disposal blade as well. The last one is a very relevant aspect for our students to see the advantages and strong points between 4-cycles and 2-cycles motors, always having as reference the forestry works.
Principal advantages are 25% savings in combustibility, less noise, fewer vibrations, less contamination, to sum up, and excellent economic and ergonomic efficiency.
Eager to try it!
Visit of 2º “Grau Mitjà de Produccions Agropecuàrie”s to Mas Terricabras agricultural farm in Oristà.
Mas Terricabras is a familiar farm where it produces cereals and leguminous, and production of porcine and bovine cattle and fattening. Moreover, they generate biomass destined for heating and electric fabrication with solar photovoltaic plates set up at the farm roof.
Other singular productions are chickpeas with the designation of origin, a wheat variety called Formet escairat, green tomato, and direct commercialization. Also, jointly with other Lluçanès farms, they welcome visits in touristic routes called “La Ruta del Pa i la Ruta de la llet ”. Since the school, we express our gratitude to Mas Terricabras for this fascinating visit.
The first student visit with the 1o students of “Gray Superior de Gestió
Forestal i del Medi Natural” was a walking trip from Vidrà to Sant Pere de
Torelló, where we could introduce ourselves to the forestry area
Through the path, we knew different forestry arboreal, bushy and herbaceous species of the traditional vegetation Mediterranean weather. We learned to interpret different ways a forest area can be and, to know some measuring tools that are used to carry out a dasymetric inventory.
Visit to the reproduction tortoise center of Albera, located in Garriguella, and “Parque Medioambiental” in Selva.
During the morning, we visited the Mediterranean tortoise breeding in
Garriguella, in the Albera mountains, where turtles are breed to be released into the natural environment. A beautiful species as threatened as well. Joan Budó accompanied us through the visit making it very pleasant and didactic.
In the afternoon, we visited “Parque Medioambiental de la Selva,” where they manage a good part of the waste gathering from the region. They distribute and do organic matter treatment, as well. The person in charge, Núria Cifra, showed us the plant and explained to us its work.
A new year begins. And we evaluate how the learning has been in DUAL
studies during the summer season. Because of covid19, we had to
postpone the start. But once we had assimilated the situation, all the
appropriate adaptations were carried to achieve correct monitoring of the
learning process, always keeping in mind the new sanitary conditions.
The personal and direct connection between the third parts implied in the
stay, student-school-company, guarantee this is enriching and accurate
for all of them.
From the school, we strongly bet for this professional stay system in the company, and for this reason, we realized it would be interesting to extend it to the rest of the training courses taught at school. Being always motivated for the exit of good experiences lived in the last years in the“Cicle de agropecuaria”. We know that walking forward in this direction, we increase the possibilities of the student incorporation in the company where he/she has carried out his DUAL stay.
Final Projects of the year consist of the last educational register that
allows evaluating students’ competencies achieved through their
The link connection among the learning and professional training defines their singularity regarding the last projects realized so far. This year, the development, monitoring, and presentation have been different due to the exceptional situation we are living in nowadays. However, students and teachers have been up to this entrust responsibility. As always, the results have been very satisfactory. We ended a year they are going to remember forever.
Good job, good results.
“ I hope after this summer period you have rested and are excited to start
a new school year and be willing to work and achieve the objectives we
have fixed for this year. As you know, the pandemic is still with us, and
we commit ourselves to adapt to this situation and follow the protocols
and preventive health measures that will be a priority since the first day,
to all of us and all the students. At the same time, the school will follow
its formative teaching without losing the essence and the educational
system that defines it.
I attach you a general teaching plan and “Pla d’organització I d’actuació curs 20-21 en el marc de la pandèmia de l’escola Quintanes”. We have done some modifications regarding what I sent you in July, adding new Department instructions. It is so important to read it down to the last detail and study this planning”.
All our students are a present to us #familiaquintanes
I ́m Laia Rius, and I’ve already finalized “Ramaderia i Assistència en Sanitat Animal” studies in EFA Quintanes. I achieved an honour enrolment and a recognition in Argó awards organized by the Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona. It has been possible due to my stay in school. That has helped me in my personal and academically development.
I take with me a lot of good memories of these two years, and I recommend everyone who wants to focus his/her professional career in a farming or rural scope. I believe these studies are very useable. Either for the people who want to focus in ranching or the ones who want to keep in their university degrees like veterinary science or agronomist engineering because they offer you the required theoretical bases and great practice experience in different companies.
I’m Estel Barceló and in the middle of the pandemic situation I’ve ended “Cicle Superior de Ramaderia i Assistència en Sanitat Animal” in Quintanes. It seems impossible time passes so quickly. I still have in mind the day I began. Despite, a bittersweet finishing, I appreciate a lot these two years studying what I’m passionate for, learning new concepts and being part of this school.
I do not know what the future will bring me, but now I am sure where I am, what I want to be and what I like to be. From here, I would like to encourage everyone to discover this satisfactory feeling that can be get from Quintanes and all its people around.
Last but not least, I would like to encourage all of you to take in advantage the chances are planned within these studies: visits, study programs, trips and so on. All of them are priceless!! Besides, all the moments lived through Quintanes are unforgettable, and being quite honestly, Quintanes has made me grow as a person. I’m very grateful. Thanks to Quintanes I can leave with a full bag. I hope we’ll get in touch soon! Thanks, Quintanes family!
How easy is learning when you want to learn, you like what you’re learning and, they help you in learning
2020 Argó Awards, organized by la UAB, are focused on the best research
work from Batxillerat and CFGS. In this 17th announcement, UAB has
released the winner names coming from 26 Catalan High schools.
Our student in “Ramaderia i Assistència en Sanitat Animal” Laia Rius Canadell has been given recognition in the CFGS projects on the 17th Argó Awards announcement. Congratulations Laia!
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2n students of GM “Producció Agropecuària” did two educational visits to
complement the machinery syllabus.
In the morning, they visited Can Fraser d’Aiguaviva, where Mr. Jordi Aulet explained to us all kinds of details such as management, maintenance service, failures, productions, prices, profitability and, so on, of all their machinery used.
While in the afternoon, students visited Albert Tulsà s.l company in Riudellots de la Selva. An enterprise for agricultural work to third parties. Albert showed us and explained to us all the machinery they have, the history and evolution of the company as well as the daily work. Above all, the students liked so much the new company acquisition, a tractor of 420cv, of the Class Xerion brand with four directional wheels of the same diameter. From here, we would like to express our gratitude to both companies for their participation and personalized advice to our students.
One of the keys to the educational system of alternation is the
engagement of some teachers - usually called “instructors” - with multiple
functions beyond teaching.
The instructor goes along with the student in all their studies itinerary and socio-professional incorporation because they are an active actor/actress inside this same socio-professional context and territorial in which the student is part.
Is the paradigm of a new academic profession: is no longer the teacher of a subject, but the teacher who encourages, guides, advises, helps, teaches when it’s necessary, accompanies along the educational way, and provokes the learning interest. (Andreu Gutiérrez, ex instructor of Quintanes).
This week has been held the 41st machinery exhibition in Saragossa, FIMA 2020. On Thursday 27 of February, the 1o of “Agropecuària de Grau mitjà” students, the 1o of “Ramaderia I Sanitat Animal” and the 1o of “Paisatgisme” attended in this important exhibition. They were a total of 62 students.