Not only do the children at the school, called “Nursery Fields Forever," learn about sustainable energy from the solar panels and wind turbines, the entire school campus is designed to teach children how to farm.
Developed by Rome-based designers, Gabriele Capobianco, Edoardo Capuzzo Dolcetta, Jonathan Lazar, and Davide Troiani, the pre-school campus brings modern technology and farming together for kids to learn with hands-on behavior.
Dolcetta's team recently won the AWR International Ideas Competition for the idea. “We think that kids should enjoy nature,” said Edoardo Capuzzo Dolcetta to Fast Company. “So we designed this strange school: No classrooms, but open spaces where vegetables grow inside and animals can come in too. It’s a mixing of the two things, school and nature.”
Moving forward into a new world, the ability to grow one's own food is invaluable. This school's three-tiered technique of learning from nature, learning from technique, and learning from practice is catching on.