Round tour 05

Vocational training on a high level

Working on the hotbeds in front of barn and woodshed. Among the gardening apprentices are Erna Fränkel (later Erna Moch, seventh from left) und Martin Gerson (fourth from right).

The horse firmly under control, apprentice Herbert Bieberfeld in Ahlem, c. 1936. On the right the western side of the barn, on the left in the background: building of the Continental Factory in Limmer.

The three year apprenticeship comprised theoretical and practical studies in the field of vegetable cultivation, flower growing as well as fruit and tree cultivation. The high standard created good chances for the graduates on the job market. Participation in external competitions served as an additional incentive for the apprentices. Their products often won awards and earned recognition. Produce not required for the own consumption of the school was offered for sale on weekly markets. At times the school ran a shop on the elegant Georgstrasse in Hanover where the demand for white chrysantema was particularly high.

View over the hotbeds towards the assistants’ building with workshop in 1931. The school building is on the right.

View from the workshop into one of the adjacent hothouses. In the foreground apprentices are repairing the cover of a hotbed.