"Living and learning in greenery" – we always have this motto in mind. In the boarding school village, great of importance is attached to an ecological-agricultural upbringing. Apart from conventional lessons in small classes, the topic "Agriculture" is in the syllabus in many forms. From elementary school to secondary modern school and secondary school as well as technical school until the final secondary school examinations, during a day at school, cognitive learning alternates with experience learning, creative, project--based and social learning.
Our students learn to live with natural resources sustainably and to understand the natural cycle of agricultural production. Apart from housekeeping activities such as preparing meals in the in-house learning kitchen, there is practical work to be done after lessons on the extensive campus: It could be taking care of the horses, sheep, pigs or rabbits or planting various types of fruit and vegetables – students are instructed by technically competent staff from practical professions, like gardeners, carpenters or animal keepers, and thus get expert knowledge. Apart from vivariums and meadows, the campus also has a greenhouse, a metal and woodworking shop, a lake as well as a Tiefseilgarten, for training in concentration and keeping one's balance.
Particularly those students who are familiar with the countryside from their childhood are encouraged further and can gather many different experiences. Even youth who have ambitions of an agricultural profession are at the correct address in the boarding school Haubinda. It is possible, for example, to complete the preconditions for a youth hunting license or a fishing license. So also, the corresponding business management considerations are treated in the lessons.
Working on the farms in the boarding school village over 19 hectares of internally cultivated area, also means taking care of the orchards side by side with a trained gardener, or working in the greenhouse, or bringing in the harvest in autumn. Skill in working with one's hands is required in the carpentry shop, where wood has to be processed and operation of the machines has to be learnt. Anyone working in the fields is also involved in the kitchen: freshly baked bread from the bakery, marmalade and apple juice made in-house, sausages – that's the way it tastes the best and is offered to the students in the school kitchen. Forestry work has to be taken into consideration as much as tilling the land. Students learn to identify management interrelationships during lessons.