Adult education offered by Pomeranian agrotourism
Authors: Anna Wiśniewska
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Due to its coastal location and unique environmental qualities, the Pomeranian Voivodship has excellent conditions for the development of agro-tourism. In the face of high market competition, Pomeranian farmers noticed the possibility of developing their undertakings through educational activities, which was manifested in the accession of 21 entities to the National Network of Educational Farms established in 2011. As part of the Network, Pomeranian farms have prepared a wide range of educational programs addressed to different age groups of clients. Nearly 85% have developed programs targeted at adults interested in broadly understood rural education. Pomeranian farms offer to adult guests educational classes showing rural life, farmer's work, food production and extraction of food, care for farm animals, etc. In addition, programmes in the field of regional education related to the cultural heritage of the village (handicrafts, folk art) are of great interest to guests as well as culinary, ecological and health education classes. Most often, educational activities are organized as one-day group and workshop activities tailored to the requirements of specific groups of tourists. The scope of the offer and its price are agreed with organizers. Farmers, less frequently employed teachers, play the role of guides conducting classes. Those interested in adult education in Pomeranian farms are primarily employees and members of institutions and organizations supporting agriculture and oriented towards rural development. In addition, those under care of aid centres, associations and foundations working for the benefit of disabled people and the elderly. The aim of the study is to analyse the educational offer of Pomeranian agro-tourist undertakings targeted at adults. To achieve the goals, the analysis of the literature on the subject and the results of nationwide research were used, as well as conclusions resulting from my own (survey) research conducted in the Pomeranian Voivodship in 2017–2019.