Young farmers show how its done

Young farmers show how its done

Photograph - Richard Polden

Students at Gosnells Primary School got to work baking, planting and crafting this Science Week, putting together a spectacular farmers market to raise money for Rural Aid.

After months of preparation, students, parents and teachers offered up their baked goods, fresh produce and crafts for gold coin donations, raising more than $1000 for farmers doing it tough.

Delicious treats, fresh produce, original art, crocheted pieces, plants, personalised pencil cases and other crafty items were just some of the goods up for sale at the market.

Each year level produced baked goods to sell at the market, and Ms Poh, Ms Withnell and Ms Hook assisted students with making craft projects to sell.

The market also had special appearances by Ag Academy and a worm farming expert, who spoke about farming practises and gave students an opportunity for a virtual faming experience.

Students were challenged to eat an insect at the market, and receive a special “I Ate an Insect” sticker.

Science Teacher Rebecca Anthony, said the farmers market was chosen to celebrate this year’s Science Week theme, Food, Different By Design.

“The idea was to engage students with a better understanding of the way food production technologies create a greener way of supplying food,” Ms Anthony said.

“We wanted to take a slightly different tack, retaining the theme on food production, but with Gratitude For Food as the emphasis.”

A growing number of students and parents have been able to enjoy food practices at the school, such as Breakfast Club and the supply of emergency lunches.

Ms Anthony said the farmers market worked to highlight the time, money and effort put into food production by people who often go unrecognized.

“We wanted to develop the students’ understanding of how our food gets to us on the supermarket shelves,” she said.

“Living in the city, many students did not understand that food doesn’t come packaged as they’re accustomed to seeing it, but in actuality takes the hard work of many people.

“Rural Aid was chosen as the charity that fit best with developing an appreciation for our farmers.”

Photographs – Richard Polden