Educational interactive farm
Sowing and fruit gathering
In 2011, Peter Maffay Foundation bought the old mayor’s residence in Roadeș, in order to convert it into an organic farm, in close cooperation with BayWa Foundation. The children would discover there life at the countryside, learn about animals and healthy food.
It took two years to modernise the main house and to finalise the wood heating system and the sun installation. Both the summer house and the bakery were also renovated. In annex I they built a car park, a workshop, storage facilities for milk and fodder and the poultry house, while annex II includes animal shelters (pigs, cows, sheep, rabbits and horses). They also built a manure storage tank. The neighbouring agricultural lands are used for grazing and for growing vegetables.
The organic farm was inaugurated in the summer of 2013 with a festive ceremony, in the presence of the executive manager of BayWa AG, professor Klaus Josef Lutz, and of Maria Thon, administrator of Bay-Wa Foundation.
You don’t need to ask twice the children and teenagers who spend their holidays in Tabaluga House: full of enthusiasm, they wake up early in the morning and run to help the farmer from the peasant household to clean the stables and take care of animals (clean the horseshoes, groom the horses) and then take them to the pasture. The children also have fun in the garden: weeding, watering, harvesting, they learn by playing about healthy food and how to grow organic vegetables to cook healthy. While caring for animals they become more responsible and learn about the ecological cycle.
Moreover, the farm supplies fruit and vegetables for the therapeutical holiday house of the Peter Maffay Foundation. For locals, the Foundation provides permanent training and jobs.