Last week, St Josephs’ Catholic School in Blayney became the first primary school in NSW to complete the Kids to Farms ‘2 by 12′ initiative.
NSW Farmers’ Young Farming member Charlotte Groves visited St Josephs’ last year to deliver interactive food and fibre related activities, and on Thursday 31 March Stage 3 visited Biteriot in Orange to learn even more about apple and cherry production. Accompanied by the film crew from Prime7 Central West, the students were given a complete paddock to plate experience!
Students were shown through Biteriot’s processing facilities and learnt all about how cherries and apples are processed, packaged, and sent out across NSW. They then adventured through the orchards, getting to pick their own apples and learn all about the production side of the enterprise. To round off an awesome day, students got to taste Biteriot’s own cherry juice!
St Josephs’ was a recipient of Kids to Farms funding, which enabled all transport costs for the excursion to be subsidized.
On Friday 1 April the entire school was treated to another visit by “Farmer Charlotte”, who delivered another round of engaging, hands-on sessions to help students learn about sustainable food production. K-1 learnt all about the paddock to plate process and made orange juice, Years 2-4 made their own greenhouses, and Years 5-6 designed a drone or robot to help address an issue farmers might face in the 21st century.
We would like to thank St Josephs’ for their involvement in the Kids to Farms, and hope the students had as much fun as we did!
All primary schools in NSW are eligible for up to $1500 of funding to help them access agricultural excursions, and Kids to Farms can also offer incursion programs for schools unable to travel or wishing to reinforce their food and fibre learning even more. To find out more, click here
You can read more about the excursion here