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Activities for groups and school education

By appointment, demonstrations of arts and crafts can be arranged for general groups and school groups and include, during guided visits in the Park Museum, meetings with artisans who continue and renew their age-old skills. Spaces of the old farm return to life: grinding of grain by a donkey-powered mill; making pane carasau (crisp Sardinian bread); cheese production; shoeing horses; spinning and weaving. All of these give visitors insights into knowledge that is many centuries old, with sounds, aromas and tastes of the civilization of our region of Barbagia.

The Park Museum can provide places for school groups of all types and levels, as part of the guided visit within farm educational areas. Each activity is set in an area based on the age and requirements of each class group.

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Demonstration of arts and crafts

LIFTING UP WATER USING THE NORIA

The “noria” is an ancient device powered by animals that lifts water from wells and this one was used in Sardinia in the second half of the 19th century. Using a chain of terracotta amphorae the water is lifted up and poured into a stone washbasin.

 

GRINDING GRAIN WITH A DONKEY-POWERED MILL

In the farmer’s courtyard, a docile little Sardinian donkey easily turns the stone mill to grind grain into flour, which is seived and then used to make bread. When he has finished his brief spell of work, the donkey is rewarded with some carobs. At this point the guide describes how important this work was for the family economy.

 

MAKING CRISP SARDINIAN BREAD (CARASAU):

In the old kitchen used for preparing “pane carasau” (crisp Sardinian bread), we see how bread is made. Dough is leavened and worked into thin circular sheets, then baked in a wood-fired oven, and visitors can see the important steps that give the bread its very thin twice-baked form. And finally, there’s tasting and appreciation of the bread of the shepherds, while talking with the women who make it.

 

SHOEING A HORSE:

When his tools are ready, a farrier sets to work in the shade of century-old pine tree to clean and file down the horse’s hooves, before nailing on the horseshoes. Your guide and the farrier will describe the horse and explain why it benefits from this care and these horseshoes.

CHEESEMAKING

After visiting the goats in their enclosure in front of the antique shepherd’s hut (“cuìle”), it’s time for turning milk into cheese. Once the process is complete the shepherd will give visitors a taste of the cheese and answer any questions.

 

The farm’s educational areas

EQUINE BREEDS

In this area the aim is to discover the characteristics of various species: horses; Sardinian donkeys; the albino donkeys of Asinara; and the hinny (offspring of a female donkey and male horse). Here you can observe differences in how these animals were worked in the past.

WATER AND LIFE

Fountains: water gushes out and you can observe its characteristics (colourless, odourless, and tasteless). Cascades: the sound and the plants that surround them. The lake: animals and aquatic plants. Water is precious and should not be wasted because it is the source of life: sowing is followed by watering.

TREES, SHRUBS AND HERBS

Trees, shrubs and herbs: species from the Mediterranean maquis at S’Abba Frisca. Gathering samples of plants: observing leaves, flowers, fruit, stems and roots; classification (Latin, Italian, and Sardinian); ethnobotanical notes.

GUIDED VISIT IN ENGLISH

This visit is particularly good for learning about our traditions and talking about them in a foreign language. It is adapted to the level of English understood by students. To enjoy this, you don’t need to understand English perfectly. This activity was created with the aim of showing how to acquire the words linked with the Sardinian environment and culture. It’s for all school types and classes.

 

 

 
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