At the Laverstoke Park Education Centre we are committed to teaching all generations the importance of natural farming, healthy eating and animal welfare. We offer educational insights into every aspect of bio-diverse farming through this web site and through group visits to the Education Centre and farm.
Over 20,000 students of all ages from 3 to 93 have visited us since 2003. We are delighted to offer our farm as a resource for learning outside the classroom, addressing many aspects of the national curriculum. We have never charged for a visit and never wish to do so, since we want it to be as accessible as possible to all students.
In 2006 we became involved with the Land Based Operations NVQ course for 14-16 year olds. For several years, students mostly from Testbourne School came to Laverstoke Park one day a week. They did their practical work on the farm with our stockmen and completed their theoretical assignments in our classroom with tutors from Sparsholt College. We still offer the farm and classroom as a resource for local secondary school NVQ students during term time.
Our purpose built classrooms were up and running by June 2009. This gives our visitors a work-base within the natural surroundings of the site, close to our reservoir of recycled water and our commercial compost site. We have endeavoured to use recycled material where possible, such as eco furniture and recycled rubber flooring. We have energy saving see-through cisterns, lights that dim automatically if it is bright and timer/motion sensors to turn lights off when no-one is in the room.
All of the environmental lessons taught by the Education Centre are put into practice on the farm. Therefore, we are able to demonstrate not just the theory of bio-diversity and ethical food production but also the practical day to day working of a genuine organic farm. We explain the farm’s fundamental philosophy of healthy soil being the essential first step in the chain that leads to healthy, sustainable nutrition.
Laverstoke Park Education Centre is a registered charity (charity number: 1098108) whose aims are to promote bio-diverse farming and healthy sustainable nutrition to as many visiting groups as possible.