Training of vocational school students on how to adapt Slow Flower Farming through partnership among different organizations like Fatma Aliye Vocational and Technical High School, Nordwin College, IPSASR and DEULA is the innovation part of the project. All these organizations are well established and experienced bodies on flower farming issue and school education. The overall objective of the project is to train the students on education about the slow flower farming.
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Erasmus+ Programme, KA2, Vocational Education and Training - Cooperation for Innovation and the Exchange of Good Practices Strategic Partnerships for vocational education and training
What is Slow Flower?
When it comes to food, the idea of eating seasonal and local produce is now well established, people have been questioning the origins of their food and making informed food choices for decades, Slow Food Movement embraced by the food industry with its focus on sustainability. Fired by the success and support for Slow Food the Italians set about initiating the Slow Cities Movement. Slow cities are characterised by a way of life that supports people to live slow. Traditions and traditional ways of doing things are valued. On the other hand, flowers are a part of agriculture, too, so we should be conscious of the way in which we consume them. Like the Slow Food Movement, Slow Flowers is about supporting of growing flowers using sustainable and organic practices.
Slow flowers come fresh from local fields and are more responsibly grown and last longer in the vase. You can discover new varieties of Slow Flowers and enjoy intense fragrances and colors, because every season brings something new. However, there are some responsible growing practices for Slow Flower;
-observing which plants are volunteering in the field
-Pest control etc.
Most flowers on the market today are imported, mass-produced and chemical-laden. At this point our students' needs come into play. As a agricultural vocational school students they make their internship at the companies. But at the certain companies, certain type of flowers are grown so students specialize on certain types of flower farming and marketing.
For example, Fatma Aliye Vocational and Technical and High School students specialize on growing rose, on the other hand Nordwin College students from the Netherlands specialize on growing tulip. So in this context our schools, teachers and students should explore and discover the power of transnational Slow Flower farming. With exchange of good practices among the partners and some kind of trainings in abroad they can enlarge their knowledge about developments and new implementation on Slow Flower Farming.