Introduction to the Project School to Farm

“School to Farm” is an innovative educational project that originated from the
observation that, for students, the real and the virtual reality seamlessly intertwine.
The project brings these two worlds together. The project aims at encouraging
teachers into reaching out to new technologies and innovative working methods,
including techniques from STEAM methodology.

“School to Farm” promotes learning outside of school, in a natural setting, working with farmers and farm owners. Teachers visit farms with their students and observe the agricultural work carried out there. Then, at school, based on the knowledge gained from the farmers, teachers and pupils use information technology to create a virtual reality, e.g. a strawberry plantation in educational games and compare the results with observations from the real world. It is an idea for other creative activities
that awaken curiosity in young people and practise problem-solving and discussion
skills, as well as improving the digital competences of teachers and students.
Part of the project is the construction of a knowledge base derived from interviews
with farmers on the topics of ecology, healthy food and cooperation with the
education sector, conducted in the partner countries by project participants.
The project will result in resource materials for use in the classroom, including:
computer games simulating the reality of a farm, a compendium of knowledge, a blog
about growing a school garden, and analyses of cooperation between schools and
other public institutions and farms.
The School to Farm project is implemented within the framework of the Erasmus+
programme and is funded by the European Union. Partners in the project include
schools from Poland and Latvia, education and IT companies from Finland and Greece, as well as a municipal authority and an education authority from Türkiye.
Stay tuned and engage yourself in this innovative project to enrich school education
and enhance students’ learning process!
“Learning is not attained by chance; it must be sought for with ardour and diligence.”

My name is Katarzyna Łastawiecka, I am an English teacher and the coordinator of the School to Farm
Project. I live in Warsaw, Poland. I am an advocate of new trends in education, especially the ntegration of new technologies and gamification into formal education.

Formany years, I have participated in international projects that, in my opinion, really enhance the teaching process and provide an attractive alternative to boring lessons. I have more than 15 years of experience in this field. Privately, I enjoy travelling into the unknown, observing vibrant wildlife and working in my garden.