FarmEd – a learning initiative by RASWA
A play commissioned by The Royal Agricultural Society of WA (RASWA) gives WA primary schoolchildren an insight into the wonderful world of agriculture.
The FarmEd program was introduced by the Royal Agricultural Society four years ago in response to national research that showed children were often in the dark about the origin of food their families buy at local supermarkets. The program aims to educate school children on a variety of farming topics including sustainability, food production and security, technology and careers in agriculture.
One element of the FarmEd learning program is an original play called “The Country Life”, which gives WA primary schoolchildren an insight into the wonderful world of agriculture. Featuring three energetic and talented young performers, A Country Life follows the journey of a city girl, Janet, as she learns about different aspects of farming. The play uses catchy tunes, energetic choreography, puppetry and a fun story-line to raise awareness of where our food comes from.
FarmEd also involves two farmers who cover the topics of sustainability, food production and security, technology and careers in agriculture. The students are then offered the opportunity to spend some time in the portable Animal Nursery which includes dogs, rabbits, birds, goats and many more.
RASWA works closely with the school curriculum and teachers. Resource kits have been developed for both pre school and post school visit activities.
The play and subsequent class presentations focus on:
- Sustainability – children will develop an understanding of the crucial methods farmers and those connected with the agricultural industry use to continue ongoing food production for our rapidly increasing population, well into the future.
- Food production and security – brings an awareness of the variety of foods WA produces so students will draw a parallel between their natural state, and the products on supermarket shelves.
- Technology in agriculture – gives an appreciation of the core technologies used on farms to maintain and support food production.
- Careers in agriculture – roles within the industry are vast as are specific educational courses to ensure a viable profession.
Teacher Resources and Student activities
RASWA together with our education consultant have developed teacher resources that include pre and post student activities. These activities allow the conversation about sustainability, food and security, technology and careers in agriculture to continue in the classroom.
FarmEd – A Country Life