Friday - Schools Education Day
In 2014, 650 students from around the South West attended the second festival. The children’s learning and interest was evident -
“Mr Scott told us how fruit grows. I didn’t know oranges were on a tree for more than 6 months” Amelia Year 5
“We loved picking and eating the mulberries at the Longmore’s - Jana – Home schooler
“We watched the vet testing the cows to see if they were having a calf. We saw the calf on the vet’s camera” Shaun Year 5
Following the success of the 2014 festival, we are pleased to offer another action packed dayshowcasing many activities associated with agriculture including special working farm tours and a number of interactive education sessions and displays all in the one location!
Schools can choose to visit two different working farms, where farmers will explain and demonstrate elements of a typical working dayincludingaworking beef cattle farm to learn about genetics and cattle pregnancy testing; a fruit orchard to see what is involved in producing a single piece of fruit,orvisita free range egg farm to learn all about chicken farming and egg production systems. Students can also participatein a session on making wicking or growing beds to grow their ownfruit and vegetables at home, find out about soil biology and learn how to make compost.
These visits provide a unique window into different aspects of the agricultural industry and opportunities for the students to learn and ask questions first hand.
The students will also benefit from participating in a range of interactive activities designed by
The Department of Agriculture and Fisheries, small animal displays,shearing demonstrations.
In a time when so many people are becoming disconnected from the origins of their food, the South West
FoodBowl Festival is a breath of fresh air in celebrating the role South West farmers’ play in feeding
families in the region, state, country and around the world.
It is also so important for the next generation of our best and brightest to see agriculture astheir first
career choice and events such as the South West FoodBowl Festival provide a fantastic and
effective avenue for young people to learn that agriculture is an exciting, innovative
and dynamic industry.
SCHOOLS PROGRAM for AGRICULTURAL EDUCATION DAY
FRIDAY 14th OCTOBER, 2016
9.45am Buses to arrive Nannup townsite.
10.00am Official welcome
10am -1pm Students will be divided into groups to participate in agricultural interactive activities and working farm tours on a rotational basis.
'Meet the Farmer' tours may include:
Beef cattle farm
Meet the farmer and veterinarian onsite to view cattle pregnancy testing and see the foetus on screen
Visit a working fruit orchard and see what is involved in producing a piece of fruit
Free range egg farm
Visit the rolling pastures of Cundinup and learn about free range chicken farming and understand the egg production system. See what happens to the eggs once they have been laid.
Students will visit Southern Forests Honey and discover the secrets of bee keeping and honey production
Wicking bed making
Milking a purpose built cow
Students will also participate in interactive activities throughout the day such as, meet TV ’s The Gourmet Farmer Ross O ’ Meara
12pm -1pm Barbecue lunch
2.00pm Schools depart