Farms can be an inspiring venue for children to develop their skills, knowledge and confidence, whilst finding out about food production and the vital role farmers have in saving and enhancing our local and global environment. Find out more about bringing your school or group of children to the farm for a learning experience:
About the Venue
Fattoria Valle Magica offers a unique multi sensory environment where children can flourish and explore. The farm is situated in 6 hectares of land on the edge of the Gran Sasso National Park at an altitude of 650m above sea level.. The farm has a long history originally having been the vineyard for the monastery of Carapelle Calvisio and later owned privately before being abandoned in the 1950s.
There is a wealth of flora and fauna evident on and around the farm which provide further opportunity for learning and discovery. Our Farm (Fattoria Valle Magica) specialises in rare and traditional breeds and promotes sustainable and ethical farming drawing on traditional non industrial practices and the concepts commonly referred to as permaculture. We are also focused on conservation of rare breeds and wildlife, the use sustainable energy and avoidance of single use plastic. This ideology is at the core of the visits and educational courses we host both at the farm and in the classroom.
We are currently expanding the farms facilities with the help of personal investment and EU funding. s part of the expansion which is scheduled to commence in July 2019 we will be building a new eco building made of straw bales which will be our onsite shop. We are also renovating the old farm house to create a commercial kitchen and indoor eating areas, We will also be able to use these areas for classroom type discussions and activities. s part of the renovation there will also be washroom facilities including those with handicapped access. In the meantime we have portable toilet cubicles with sinks to wash hands and outdoor seating which is under a canopy. In addition to the above we are currently building a playground including a large climbing frame and trampoline and have BB and picnic facilities. There is ample parking space at the farm.
What will my students to experience at the farm?
We will do our best to give your children and end to end view of what goes on day-to-day on the farm. Which consists of a big vegetable garden, chickens and other poultry, rabbits, sheep, goats and pigs,. All of these breeds have been selected for their quality and rarity in modern day farming and due to their sustainable (rather than commercial viability) that lead to their development and use in yesteryear.
Besides seeing the animals and having a hands on approach in which children can participate in feeding activities, we will do our best to bring across respect for animals and the life that they lead and provide information in a playful manner on ‘where food comes from’
We also produce fruit and vegetables on the farm and your students can experience the various stages from planting through caring and harvesting to conserving and cooking.
If you are interested in learning more or making a booking for your school, club or group of friends to have a personally tailored educational visit to the farm please contact us or fill in our contact form via the button below:
The cost depends on the number of students, duration and the activities/programme selected. Please contact us so we can discuss and provide you with a personally tailored quotation for your school or group.
Is the Road to the Farm Passable for the school Bus?
The road can be uneven at times especially after heavy rain but high vehicles like School Buses can travel up it easily. We have the road levelled several times a year and are awaiting the commune to surface the road when they redo the rest of the village.
Can Parents also attend the Visit?
Yes we welcome any parents who want to join. Please include numbers in the information at the time of booking.
Can you provide a tailored visit?
absolutely, we know that education needs to be tailored to the specific needs of the class. We have a wealth of experience in creating tailored solutions and our team includes two seasoned teachers. Please let us know what you need and we will work with you to achieve the best solution.
Can you provide aN END of Term Activities for Kids and Parents?
Yes, let us know what you have in mind and we can organise something to suit your needs.
What Clothes should the children wear?
Clothes should be to suit the season and activities chosen. IN wetter months we recommend the children bring boots or a change or footwear. We recommend the children bring jackets so they can adapt to changes in temperature. If in doubt ask us nearer the time of the visit and we can let you know what is best.
Is the Farm Insured for Visits?
Yes we have insurance for school visits to the farm. If you would like to see the certification please let us know.
Can you offer the visit in Italian and English?
Yes, we are native English speakers and provide English teaching across the Abruzzo region. We can support visits in English suited to the age and level of the children but can also speak Italian if that is preferred,
Can you Cater for Disabled Schools?
We have had disabled visits in the past and welcome people of all levels of physical ability. It is important to know that the farm is rough ground and some parts of the farm are not accessible for wheel chairs or people who are unsteady on their feet. It is always best to contact us to discuss the needs of your group or class.
What is the maximum Number of Kids that can ttend a Visit?
We can cater for up to 40 children in one visit depending on the number of teachers/supervisors that accompany them. For larger groups we often split them into smaller group activities so the children all get to engage in the activities and learning we are undertaking.