The creation in 1975 of the field station at CHAMPIGNELLES (Yonne), comprising of a small mansion surrounded by about 100 hectares of agricultural land, was designed to achieve three fundamental objectives:
- give students an opportunity to test their theoretical knowledge with the realities of fieldwork
- provide students with the fundamental methods with which to comprehensively approach the practices of modern animal husbandry,
- improve students’ understanding of the rural environment via contact with professionals.
These objectives required:
- the creation of a teaching structure involving lecturers from the site of Maisons-Alfort,
- the integration of the field station within the region, by using its own resources and by cultivating exchanges with the other actors in the rural community.