Iranda Beef has teamed with NRM to deliver a Healthy Food program “Food Connect – the value of farm grown”. A pilot program will be run at the Tintinara Area School in Term 3, 2017.
Food Connect started off as an idea in 2016 to entrench the newly expanded Iranda Beef in the local community and has evolved into a school’s based initiative that has the support of other prominent local businesses, including Mt Boothby Pastoral Company and Hoop’s Honey and teachers alike.
Building on the popular and successful paddock to plate idea, Iranda Beef approached Tintinara Area School and Natural Resources SA Murray-Darling Basin (NRM) with a ten-week pilot program designed to expose primary school children aged 5 to 7 to intensive agriculture. With the program having strong curriculum links with Biological sciences, Collecting and Evaluating data, Questioning and Communicating, Health and Well-being, it was an excellent opportunity for the school.
The NRM’s involvement is vital in that they are assisting with suitable aged based resources and documenting the students journey throughout the program. There will be a questionnaire completed by students at the beginning and at the completion of the program to record their knowledge progress and will ask their opinions on the respective industries represented in Food Connect.
NRM will also be putting together a Case Study so the program can be replicated in other regions who have access to industries such as viticulture, horticulture and aquaculture. It is planned that Iranda Beef along with the other businesses will take the Food Connect program to urban schools in 2018.
The pilot, which commenced in late July 2017, was opened with a visit by George the Farmer which was sponsored by the local businesses partaking in the program.
Parents will be invited to attend a Learning Journey at the school at the end of term so the students can show what they have learnt throughout the term and encourage healthy eating to family members and in the process, excite students about agriculture and future career opportunities.