10 August, 2021
WHITSUNDAY KIDS SET TO GET A TASTE FOR AGRICULTURE
The CQUniversity Agri-tech Education and Extension team has hit the road again and will travel to the Whitsunday region as part of the Kids to Farm project delivered in collaboration with the AgForce Schools to Industry Partnership Program and funded by the Commonwealth Department of Agriculture, Water and the Environment.
The three-week roadshow which has already travelled to Mackay, Townsville and Charters Towers, aims to increase primary school aged childrens’ understanding of agriculture and its importance to Australia’s way of life.
The program engages students in food and fibre production through the delivery of interactive activities and farm visits to meet farmers and industry professionals.
Aimee Snowden from CQUniversity is leading the program in North Queensland and hopes to inspire a new generation by highlighting the diverse industry of their local area, and the array of careers on offer, and the significance of agriculture to Australia and the world.
Students will participate in interactive sugarcane, prawn and mango activities focused on agricultural technology and innovation, and visit a local farm.
- Tuesday 10 August 8:50am - 3pm Jarvisfied State School & Millaroo State School (at Jarvisfield State School, Jarvisfield)
Interactive Activity: Farming Prawns
In School Visit: Pacific Reef Fisheries
- Wednesday 11 August 8:50am - 3pm Merinda State School, Merinda
Interactive Activity: Sweet Science and Flying Mangoes (Drones)
Farm Visit: Oasis Mangoes
- Thursday 12 August 8:50am - 2:50pm Bowen State Primary School, Bowen
Interactive Activities: Harvest Time and Where is my Jumper? (Wool QR)
Farm Visit: Marto’s Mangoes
- Friday 13 August 8:30am - 1:15pm North Eton State School, North Eton
Interactive Activities: How Hungry is my Sugarcane and Where is my Jumper? (Wool QR)
Farm Visit: Mackay Area Productivity Services, Mackay Research Farm
“Kids to Farms aims to engage students through the ag technology that farmers use to grow our food and fibre,” Ms Snowden said.
“It is important for students to learn about these paddock to plate processes from a young age, and engage in an industry vital to our local economies.”
Ms Snowden explained that many students may have driven past cane fields but not known what was being grown, or wondered about how mangoes are harvested and graded but have never had anyone explain these processes to them.
The Kids to Farms program takes the learning from the classroom to the paddock to allow young people to fully understand how food arrives on their plate.