On 23rd September the first year, superior level pig-breeding students made a fascinating visit to El Soler de N'Hug between Prats de Lluçanès and Navàs. It's a family set-up specialising in milk production and beef and lamb meat. Josep and Abel manage the farm and gave us a detailed explanation of how they work. Many thanks to all the family. elsoler.cat
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The first days of the new course have been and gone and we've already seen students doing work experience here at the school. We've passed by the workshop and learnt how to use the tools there. We've also looked at how to keep the machinery in good working order. When we've been out in the forest areas we've learnt how to cut wood and the best techniques to use. In the laboratory we've studied what material is used there and later on we will conduct a water and soil analysis.
The school year has just started but work experience has begun here at the school. We've learnt how to use the various tools in the workshop and how a tractor and engine work. We've also learnt how to weld and about the different types of agricultural machines. When we go out into the field we use various machinery, learn planting techniques and about everything related to soils. We look closely at the different material used in the laboratory and later on will carry out a water and soil analysis.
The school year is in full swing here at Quintanes and we've already started the work experience sessions. In the workshop we've learnt how best to use the tools there; items like chainsaws, lawnmowers etc... Out in the fields we've started to look at how best to look after gardens and green zones, as well as design, landscaping and green area conservation. In the laboratory we've studied the material used there and will soon no doubt carry out water and soil analysis.
On June 3 we visited the bee family business Mas Can Panosa. This visit is organized into three parts. In the first, Mr. Ramon Verdaguer gives us an introduction to the world of bees, manage a hive, products we get from bees, division of tasks within a hive, etc.. In the second one we went to see a hive to observe in situ both the different types of bees and the different products you can get: wax, honey, propolis, pollen ... In the third parties we participate in extracting honey from a frame. Ramon took the opportunity to explain us the different types of honey found what transhumance ago, permission to undertake beekeeping business and some current regulations.
On 28th May the first year, higher level pig breeding students visited the above site to further their knowledge. They were well-looked after by Santi Serrabassa and his daughter Anna (a former Quintanes student) who showed us where they breed ecological chicks. They explained how they set up the facility and what obstacles can arise with ecological products. They also showed us how they produce manure compost and the conditions necessary for ecological production. Our students learnt how their facility was adapted to an ecological one and also started to sell products direct to buyers in the area.
On 27th May the first year, medium level pig breeding students visited the above site. It is a farm that grows crops in an area of 1300 hectares and also works with pigs and in agrotourism. Marc Fitó, son of the owner, gave us an excellent visit, paying particular attention to explaining crop diseases and how to deal with them. He also showed us the different machinery they use on-site and what each piece was for. In terms of tourism, he showed us the accommodation they have in the rural tourism category. Our students could see the various types of projects in progress on one farm and how successful they really can be.