Dutch term – Rijkslandbouwwinterschool

The rijkslandbouwwinterschool was the national agricultural winter school. Farmer’s sons (and later, daughters) attended the school during the winter months when there was not a lot to do on the farm. They’d learn about growing crops and raising cattle.

This type of school was introduced in the period 1890-1920 throughout the country. Some still exist, but as a year-round school with an agricultural curriculum.

1920s building

Rijkslandbouwwinterschool in Drachten. Credits: T. Penders, collection Rijksdienst Cultureel Erfgoed (CC-BY-SA).


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