Do you want your children to know where their spaghetti bolognaise or steak sandwiches come from? Or that cotton t-shirts and woolly jumpers come from animals and plants, not shops?
From the 16th – 20th May, 2012 AgForce Queensland held an inaugural event aimed at educating kids about the origins of their food and fibre. The event was held at Corinda State High School, about 20mins out of the Brisbane CBD within their impressive agricultural facilities, and showcased various aspects of the vast Australian agriculture industry – from training, employment and career opportunities, to interactive displays and activities. Kids were invited to hold recently hatched chickens, examine a dog for health problems, watch a sheep shearing display, learn about developing technologies in livestock handling, test out their jockeying skills on a mechanical horse, plant seedlings and much more.
Running over three days, the event enabled school children from Corinda High as well as neighbouring schools, local families and the community to come and learn about the training, skills, jobs and processes behind the food they eat and the clothes they wear every day.
SkillsOne went along to Moo Baa Munch on the first day and chatted to stallholders, students, teachers and industry representatives about the event, and the importance of educating people, and especially young people, about the prevalence of the agricultural industries in our everyday lives.
The event was a great success, with many showing interest in replicating the event at various locations across the country. If you would like more information about the Moo Baa Munch event, or how you might go about organising a similar event, head to the AgForce Queensland website. And stay tuned to SkillsOne for a video on the day's activities and interviews.