Big changes are taking place at Ruppin campus that will provide the students learning on campus with further opportunities for learning and gaining experience.
A new demonstration farm is being constructed on a large portion of land, about 6 dunam, which is the equivalent of 1.5 acres or 6,000sq meters.
This demonstration farm will allow the students to practice and learn growing methods in horticulture in at least three different growing environments, using various techniques and technologies. This experience will supplement what they are already learning in the classroom while they will be supervised and instructed by their horticulture lecturer.
Ruppin demonstration farm is one of two currently being constructed on Agrostudies campuses and contributed by Netafim Company, while Ruppin is by far the larger of the two. Each farm has a supervising agronomist, with Yossi Hadad supervising the Kfar Silver farm and Riki Ben Uziya supervising at Ruppin.
The goal is to allow the students to gain the actual experience of building and developing their own farm, following through on all stages.
Aside from the permanent irrigation system that is currently being installed the students will learn to assemble and disassemble drip systems, they will learn about plant protection and various growing methods used in different seasons, giving them a feel for horticulture in varying climates.
The farm will grow vegetables and in the future fruit trees will also be planted.
A very large greenhouse has already been constructed in addition to a net house, another example of the variety of methods and systems that are being demonstrated. Vegetables will also be grown in the open field, giving the students who come from South East Asia and Africa, opportunity to learn the most practical method for the conditions in their own home countries.
In preparation for its activation, the land has been moistened, a preliminary step for the ground loosening. The next stage after the ground loosening will be the installation of an irrigation system and flowerbeds will be prepared for planting.
Planting is expected to begin late October, early November, and once this is done, the farm is ready to go, and the students will be ready to start working on it and honing their skills.