The execution of the TELLUS Programme in Balatonboglár

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The Primary School of Boglár realizes the TELLUS programme with the 4th grade students on the nature classes and by visiting farms. The latter one makes unforgettable experiences for the young pupils, which the next reports represent.

29th February, 2012
Dániel Konyári, a former student of our school and also the „Young Winemaker of 2009” visited us, then we also took a look at the winery. The whole class was excitedly waiting the 8 o'clock ring. We all knew that a guest would arrive to the class, we even prepared for it, but still were in a fever. First, uncle Tóni, the cameraman had spoken, then Dániel came too. He told he was just as jumpy as us, cause had he never talked about his winery for such young people before. After the intro of aunt Anna the programme started...
We found out that Dániel's role model was his own father and he become a winemaker thanks to his influence. The family enterprise started in the 1990s. He still has learned a lot from his father. They make wine from white and red grapes too. At this time they have 30 hectares of wine grape to harvest. At the time of vintage they hire a lot of workers. They make 200 thousands bottles of wine each year. 10 percent of this is sold in foreign countries. Everyone was amazed and listened carefully...
Dániel tried to answer as many of our questions as he could. He told us that he had been to many countries of the World to learn and work. He also showed these places on the map. We learned that the red wine was his favourite one and they had tried to make champagne. The time had flew away very quickly and we were waiting for the visit of the winery.
The Konyári Winery is the most popular and acclaimed one of the South-Balaton region. The winery where we arrived by bus was at one of the most beautiful spots of Kishegy. When we got off the bus we were all wondering at the spectacular site...
First, we headed to the grape yard, where Dániel showed us the carved vines. Then we went to the processing plant and during the way we took a look at the wonderful panorama again.
They use a so-called gravitation processing. The grape juice is fermented and ripened in a lot of acid-resistant tanks. We could see here the empty bottles waiting for filling, the grinder and press machines. Then we visited the bottling area which was unfortunately out of operation at that time. Next, we wandered a bit in the storeroom. Someone even dared to climb on the forklift.
We stepped into the brick-walled wine cellar where a part of the red wines from last year had been ripened in oak barrels already. We could see even 500 litres ones. A spiral staircase led us to the tasting room. Everyone was pretty tired and had a rest in the comfortable seats. Dániel showed the warrants and awards here and also provided us the opportunity to make an interview with him. This was also the place where we could write in the guestbook.
Finally, at the and of the programme, everyone got a gift. Time really had drifted away unfortunately and we returned with a lot of new knowledge. Thank you for this beautiful and memorable day, Dani!

5th March, 2012
At 8 o'clock in the morning, guests arrived to our class again. The Bognár and Androsics Family represented their farms. We had already learned so much from the book of the programme, but they still could tell us a lot of interesting things.
The Bognárs farm on 100, while the Androsics family farms on 500 hectares. Their sites are situated in Szőlősgyörk. They sow wheat, barley, sunflower, corn and rape. The seeds originate here, from Hungary. Ferenc Androsics also produces seed to sell. Most of their products becomes animal nutrition and industrial raw material. They were pleased to answer any of our questions, and we asked a lot about the machines.
At 10 o'clock we got on the bus to see all the things we had been told in real. First, uncle Ferenc welcomed us. He showed the new drying container of their enterprise which was 30 meters high. He told about the technology, then he took us to the 4-football-ground-sized store container. We couldn't resist the enormous corn hills and we jumped right into them. We climbed on everything, school-marms' prayers were useless.
It continued outdoors, we could sit on every machine. The girls were also interested in the modern tractors of course. We could really try everything... That was the best part! After that we headed to the Bognárs. We watched the plough, the fertilizer-spreading machine and the sprayer which were all the tools for cultivating the soil. Uncle István told us that the tractors of our days are even equipped with GPS and how much it helps in the work compared to the old times.
A bit tired, with a lot of corn and wheat in our shoes, we headed to Öreglak, to the game meat processing plant. Our classmate, Kriszti was the most excited about this trip, because her father worked there too, but she never had been to the place before... We were also pretty interested, cause we had to wear uniform.
During the visit we could understand the whole procedure: the excoriation, boning, slicing, packing and the -36 °C storing room, where we could have been for a while.
At the end of the day we were very tired, but gained with a lot of experience, a pen from Öreglak, some stickers, a brochure and a lab coat. (We wore the coat even in the dining hall.) It was such a great day!

20th March, 2012
Our guest arrived at 8 o'clock. Surprisingly, László Gregorics himself, the owner and director of HALKER visited us. On biology classes, we had learnt about fish, but were still excited by the new knowledge about the aqua-culture. He told us about the plant which had been running since 1997 and had almost 120 employees in our town. He talked about fish species, fishing, fish breeding methods and the company itself.
We were excited to get experience about the things heard previously. We had arrived after a short walk. Uncle László was waiting the crowd of kids. We formed two groups then, and the programme started.
We were only allowed to enter the plant in a protecting suit. It was quite funny to see all the kids wearing that. We even wore a coat, a hairnet and a shoe protector. First we saw the cleaning and slicing of lake fish. Next, we took a look of the packing area, then entered the 40 metres long cold store. It was -22 °C all along, but we withstood the shock...
In the third big building, the stocks of the halászlé [Hungarian fish soup] were cooked and packed. Then we went to the fourth building, where they packaged frozen vegetables. It was very noisy and extremely cold there. Uncle Tóni made a video all along, someone made notes too.
After the lunch, a bit tired, we started to the Bugaszeg fishing lake by cars with some parents, where we were awaited...
The director told us that the lake is 25 hectares big and the average depth can reach 1,5 meters. At least 8 species of fish lives there. The weather was all fine, the landscape was just wonderful, and we were excited indeed.
We got to know that the lake can be visited everyday and sport fishing is also allowed. Meanwhile the fishermen arrived and divided us into 5 groups. We tried to fish using worms, corn and maggots. Fishing needs silence, patience, discipline and steadiness! That's what we couldn't really achieve...
Some of my classmates had fished before, so they had their own equipment. However, it was the first time for most of us. We were excited about the whole thing.
We followed the instructions of the fishermen. The boys mentioned some kind of a competition... However the fortune of fishers sided with the girls. They caught 37 tiny breams, which we had to threw back to the water at the end. Unfortunately, we forgot to wish anything.
We could had enjoyed fishing for almost two hours! That was the best TELLUS day we have organized so far. Many of us wishes to visit the fishing lake again. The old fisher folks will gladly await us and our families in the future. (Our teacher, Aunt Anna also enjoyed the day, she succeeded to catch a fish and didn't forget to wish.)

4th Grade
Primary School of Boglár