An Australian Government Kids to Farms grant program, will see Tasmanian Farmers and Graziers Association, assist in connecting grade 3-6 students to school farms and other identified suitable sites and events. Students will experience hands on, what is involved in producing the food we eat and the fibres we use in day to day life.
Kids to Farms, also hopes to support teachers to bring this learning into the classroom, by linking teachers to appropriate curriculum aligned resources and professional development.
It has been identified that the cost of transporting students to visit schools with farms, or other suitable sites, is an issue for many schools. As such, Kids to Farms will be offering transport subsidies to give more grade 3-6 students the opportunity for the exciting hands on learning that can occur at sites such as the Hagley Farm School Visitor Centre.
“Students just love being involved in the hands-on experiences that school farms, like Hagley Farm School Visitor Centre, can provide. Qualified teachers lead activities that are closely aligned to the national curriculum, which can reinforce learning that has already occurred in the classroom and lead to further enquiry and depth of understanding.” TFGA Kids to Farms Project Officer, Claire Robertson
Students and teachers will be reminded about the importance of farming to Australia’s way of life, with the program aiming to inspire students to look at the wide variety of career opportunities in farming and agriculture.
The program will be available for both government and non-government primary schools, running until the end 2022.
Teachers can sign up here to receive newsletters regarding the Kids to Farm project, information on how to apply for bus subsidies and receive further information.
Pictured: TFGA Kids to Farms Project Officer, Claire Robertson