Established in the twenties by the Federal Government, the so-called “Model Farm” had the objective of contributing to the advance of regional farming activities. However, it was gradually dismantled and, starting In 1978, it housed the then National Laboratory of Animal Reference (Lara), today called the National Agro-farming Laboratory of Minas Gerais (Lanagro).
Beginning in 1993, its 448 hectares were taken over in an orderly way by the School of Veterinary Medicine in order to be used for teaching, research and extension. The land ownership issue, recently resolved and at its final stage, makes it possible to transform the farm into a Sustainable Production Center, open to visits by the community. It intends to unify the actions of UFMG in harmony with the local authorities to recover, preserve and make available the historical assets of the farm and create demonstration units of technological advances, with the main guideline being the concept of sustainable production, focused on environmental preservation and the rational use of the land.
The focus is on continued education at all levels, from primary school to the university, from the illiterate to the professor. The strategy is to teach through example in an environment in which leisure is associated with learning. The concept of integration between the various schools and agencies of UFMG, in partnership with local and state authorities, intends to disseminate knowledge, while including the participation of private initiative and becoming a model in itself. The intent is that the Center should be a park integrating various segments of society with access for all. Its position, close to the town of Pedro Leopoldo, 35 km from the north of Belo Horizonte and close to the Confins Airport, the gateway to the State of Minas Gerais, indicates that the enterprise will be one of the contributions of the State to education in Brazil.
The Center has nuclei of mixed milk cattle, buffalos, horses, sheep and goats, as well as leisure areas, space for events and accommodation for students. The green areas are used by the community for leisure and walking.
Coordinator: Prof. Marc Henry