Agriculture in Education – resources

The Primary Industries Education Foundation Australia in conjunction with the Australian Government produced these educational resources for the Agriculture in Education Initiative. The resources introduce young people to food and fibre production and primary industries in Australia.

Years: F-2  3-4  5-6  7-8  9-10  feedback

Farm diaries

foundation: design and technologies, mathematics, science

Farm diaries Teacher to teacher video

Producer to teacher

Alastair Johnson - Mount Boothby Pastoral Company, Tintinara SA, pig producer (plus cattle, sheep and cropping). Mathematics and Science: breeding and gestation of pigs, average litter size, conditions of breeding and rearing young, diet, feed conversion to meat, efficient use of carcass, diseases and biosecurity. (NSW curric )

Producer to teacher video


Out and about on farms

foundation: design and technologies, geography

Out and about on farms Teacher to teacher video

Producer to teacher

Thyne McGreggor: Willalooka Pastoral Company, SA sheep and cattle producer. Farming sustainably for future generations. Stocking rates according to environment and conditions, soil types, rainfall. Good livestock managers are mindful that if you degrade your land you don't have good stock. What happens on the farm with regard to cattle and sheep. (NSW curric )

Producer to teacher video


A year on a farm

year 1: design and technologies, mathematics, geography, science

A year on a farm Teacher to teacher video

Producer to teacher

Michelle McColl - Kalangadoo Organic Orchard, SA organic fruit grower, predominantly apples, but also a small mixed farm. Importance of climate for growing, the farm has diversified for economic and agronomic reasons. Calender of events - what happens when. Marketing and value-adding, with biodiversity the key to an organic farm. (NSW curric )

Producer to teacher video


Farms have distinctive features

year 1: design and technologies, geography

Farms have distinctive features Teacher to teacher video

Producer to teacher

Thyne McGreggor: Willalooka pastoral Company, SA sheep and cattle producer. Farming for sustainability considering rainfall, soil types, trees left for the environment/shelter for cattle. Wetlands have been fenced and reseeded. Water management is important to stock numbers. Rotational grazing, with lift up gates - using technology to reduce soil erosion. (NSW curric )

Producer to teacher video


Farms and people's connections to them

year 2: design and technologies, geography

Farms and people's connections to farms Teacher to teacher video

Producer to teacher

Mike and Gayle Quarmby - Outback Pride, Reedy Creek, SA. Production of Australian native foods with Aboriginal communities. Local schools groups involved, as well as the community, incorporates respect for indigenous knowledge. No artificial fertilisers or chemicals are used and less water needed. Value adding for the sale of products, and direct supply of fresh produce to restaurants. (NSW curric )

Producer to teacher video


Investigating food and fibres

year 3, 4: design and technologies

Investigating food and fibres Teacher to teacher video

Producer to teacher

Anna Hooper -Wine Maker, Cape Jaffa Wines, SA. 63 different wine regions defined by climate, geography and soil types. White and red wine varieties are grown by biodynamic production techniques to avoid use of chemicals and pesticides, using natural ways to control pests - ducks and chickens. Some information on making and marketing wines. (NSW curric )

Producer to teacher video


Discovering past methods of food and fibre production

year 5: history, geography

Discovering past methods of food and fibre production Teacher to teacher video

Producer to teacher

Neville Bonney: ethnobotanist and author. Foods can be found all over Australia. Climate, topography and geography determine what has grown, with plants evolving over time. Conservation through National Parks preserves some of these foods. There are examples of certain foods and how they are used (eg wattle). A chef describes how these can be used in a meal. (NSW curric )

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Finding farms

year 5: design and technologies, mathematics, geography

Finding farms Teacher to teacher video

Producer to teacher

Mark Denton - professional rock lobster fisherman, Robe, SA. Timing of when allowed to catch fish and the technology used to find fish. There are strict size limits and females with eggs are returned, ensuring sustainability. Lobsters are graded and put into holding tanks. The tank temperatures are set to keep lobsters stress-free. Core market is China, with 95% live export. (NSW curric )

Producer to teacher video


Exploring farms that produce our meat and wool

year 5, 6: design and technologies, geography

Exploring farms that produce our meat and wool Teacher to teacher video

Producer to teacher

Scott deBruin - Wagyu beef producer, Mayura Station, SA. Some breeds of cattle are successful in northern and southern Australia. Wagyu is a Japanese breed that produces meat with fat in it. Video incluces diet and energy requirements, feed quality, soil and plant management, testing of tissue samples, packing and marketing to Asian markets, and developing brand loyalty. (NSW curric )

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Exploring sustainable practices in food and fibre production

year 5, 6: design and technologies

Exploring sustainable practices in food and fibre production Teacher to teacher video

Producer to teacher

Linda Madden, Green Triangle Forest Products, SA. With forestry, trees are managed over a much longer time than cattle or sheep. Thinning and technologies are used to manage plantations. High value products are processed domestically and pulp woodchips are processed overseas. Includes value-adding by producing toilet paper, using technology and recycling factory waste. (NSW curric )

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Investigating technologies in agriculture

year 5, 6: design and technologies

Investigating technologies in agriculture Teacher to teacher video

Producer to teacher

Scott Whicker - Kimberly Clark Australia Millicent Mill Manager, SA. Produces a range of tissue products for Australia and New Zealand. Different wood produces different pulp, for example long fibres from soft wood such as pine, and short fibres from hard woods such as eucalypt. The pulp goes through different processes to make various products. (NSW curric )

Producer to teacher video


Researching produce in your local region

year 6: geography, English

Researching produce in your local region Teacher to teacher video

Producer to teacher

Hillary Ellis - Limestone Coast Regional Food Ambassador - SA. There are different food-growing regions that produce a variety of different products. Producing foods and fibres requires various soil types and climates. In a local region you should check out the local markets to see what grows well. (NSW curric )

Producer to teacher video


Investigating Australian approaches to producing fish, seafood and meat

year 7, 8: design and technologies, science, geography

Investigating Australian approaches to producing fish, seafood and meat Teacher to teacher video

Producer to teacher

Lance Vater - Managing Director - Robarra, Robe, SA. Producing Barramundi outside its natural environment so it can grow all year round as opposed to about five months a year in the wild. Discusses growing conditions required, water temperature and filtration. They use the nutrient rich water as fertiliser for pastures. The live fish are sold in markets in Sydney and Melbourne. (NSW curric )

Producer to teacher video


Producing cattle and sheep ... beef and lamb

year 7, 8: design and technologies, digital technologies

Producing cattle and sheep ... beef and lamb Teacher to teacher video

Producer to teacher

On the Limestone coast of SA, with 100 acres olive groves, organic sheep and healthy soil. Integrated farming with production of olive oil and Southdown sheep for wool and meat. Focus on genetics for good body size for eating, and breeding by artificial insemination. Provides fox-proof lambing paddocks and extra protection for lambs during cold weather. (NSW curric )

Producer to teacher video


Investigating key Australian fibre production practices in the cotton, timber and wool sectors

year 7, 8: design and technologies, science, geography

Exploring Australian approaches to producing cotton, timber and wool Teacher to teacher video

Producer to teacher

Thyne McGreggor - Willalooka Pastoral Company, SA Sheep and Cattle Producer. Merino wool is used for clothing while the coarser Southdown wool is used for carpets. Minijumbuck, a SA wool bedding company, has been around since 1970s. Wool is a natural fibre whose processing provides work opportunities and uses cutting-edge technology. (NSW curric )

Producer to teacher video


Biomes that produce our food, industrial materials and fibre

year 9: geography

Biomes that produce our food, industrial materials and fibre Teacher to teacher video

Producer to teacher

Lachie Seears - producer, Boonderoo Pastoral, SA. Farming is about working within climatic conditions. This is a sheep, cattle and cropping farm run as a system - strategically planting, choosing appropriate livestock for the environment and using modern farming methods and technologies including remote monitoring. Farming sustainably for the future. (NSW curric )

Producer to teacher video


Exploring the production and marketing of seafood

year 9, 10: design and technologies, science

Exploring the production and marketing of seafood Teacher to teacher video

Producer to teacher

Andrew Lawrie - Rock Lobster Processor, Sky Seafood, Robe SA. Wild-caught fishery involves setting traps. Changes to the industry include buy-back, pot and quota reductions to support sustainability in the industry. Lobster grading for live export, mostly to China, which links to free trade agreement. The difference and challenges between wild-caught and aquaculture. (NSW curric )

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