Farms2Schools was a six-month program delivered by the Port Phillip & Westernport CMA that used online school incursions to provide students with an insight into how agricultural products got from the paddock to their plate.
As part of the Farms2Schools program a range of learning and curriculum resources and links were developed. These resource include worksheets, videos and an interactive farm and aim to help teachers continue their lessons around sustainable agriculture. Please note that some resources are for specific ages levels so please read the descriptions.
Melbourne Foodbowl Virtual Farm
The farmers at the forefront of Melbourne’s Foodbowl strive every day to produce sustainable products that supports a growing community and look after the soil, water and biodiversity of the ecosystem in which they farm.
You can discover this all for yourself in the Melbourne Foodbowl Virtual Farm. This interactive education tool is your guide to healthy food production in Melbourne’s Foodbowl.
The Melbourne Foodbowl Virtual Farm aligns with the Victorian Curriculum and supports teacher with activities and resources.
‘A Better Way To Farm’ school education kit
This education resource was developed by the PPWCMA in partnership with PeeKdesigns. It provides a series of fact and activity sheets that introduce students to the idea that we can use a variety of better, more sustainable methods to help control pests in our farms and gardens.
This resource, which is aimed at Levels 5 – 8 of the Victorian curriculum, breaks down the technical sounding topic of IPM into lessons and ideas that are manageable by students in this range. The cross-curriculum priorities ‘Learning about sustainability’ enables the resource to be used at any level.
Comparing Apples to Earth
This simple activity illustrates how precious soil is as a natural resource, and just what little of the Earth’s surface is available for growing food for a whole world of people
Paddock to plate
The following resources show students how farmers grow produce and the supply chains deliver it to our plate. The below videos have been developed for specific year levels (as indicated).
The below activity sheet can be used with the videos when teaching Year 4 to Year 8.
Foundation to Year 3 students
Year 4 to Year 12 students
Bees and honey
Plant production resources
The following resources will show students how some farms propagate and look after their own seedlings to plant out as crops in their paddocks.
All of the following activities relate to plant production and growing. The recommended student age for each activity is noted in brackets.
- Grace’s Mystery Seed book (Foundation – Year 2)
- Photosynthesis activity sheet (primary students)
- Landcare Victoria – sow a seed, grow a feed activity sheet (primary students)
- Adventures at your place – importance of plants activity sheet (secondary students)
Nursery & Garden Industry Victoria also has some great curriculum-based resources for schools through their Victorian Schools Garden Program website.
Careers in agriculture
The following videos provide an insight into the career opportunities in agriculture and are a great starting point for in-class conversations around this topic.
Other helpful resources
Below are links to other website that offer useful educational resources for students and teachers.
- Primezone: exploring sustainable practices in food and fibre production
- FoodPrint Melbourne: biomes and food security
- Australia Eggs: primary school resources
- Australia Eggs: secondary school resources
- Dairy Australia: discover dairy curriculum resources
- Apple and Pear Industry: apple varieties, growing region and seasons
- Grains Research and Development Corporation: lesson plans for secondary students
- AUSVEG Consumer Resource Centre: videos. vegetable educational resources for all ages
- Agriculture Victoria: AgVic Talk podcast
- Phenomenon: lessons and videos focused on vegetables, nutrition and science
- Junior Landcare: Just for Kids resources focused on food production biodiversity, waste management and Indigenous perspectives
- Deakin University: Circular School Food Network