Australians are embracing home-grown, organic food, and one of the most exciting aspects of this quiet revolution is the way schools have become involved. Thanks to a variety of programs and enthusiastic teachers and parents, organic vegie patches are becoming as common in schoolyards as hopscotch grids and blobs of chewing gum.
One scheme alone – the Organic Schools Gardens Program, run by organic certifying body the Biological Farmers of Australia (BFA) – has about 600 primary schools enrolled. These schools are now being urged to take the kids’ food education one step further by adopting a farmer.
Under the Adopt-a-farmer program, farmers visit schools and schools visit farms to learn all about how clean, green tucker gets from seed to plate.
Soon, what the kids won’t know about green manures and crop rotations won’t be worth knowing.
By: Simon Webster
First published: February 2011