School Programs

We offer a range of sustainability education outreach programs that cater for 15 to 100 students. Each program typically runs for one hour, except where noted. Talk to us about building your very own custom program by adding different programs together. We can also serve local, waste-free lunches, morning or afternoon teas for all staff and students. Prices for additional catering range from $6 to $15 per head.

Animal Feeding

1 hour

Prep - Year 10

During this session students will get to meet and help feed alpacas, sheep, goats, cows, chickens and turkeys. Students will learn about what products comes from each animal and the practices involved in farming them.

From:

$9 per student

100km Pizza

2 hours or all day option

Year 4 - Year 12

Did somebody say ‘Pizza’? The average take-away pizza is a food close to many students’ hearts. That's why we use it to explore the concept of food miles, globalised food practises, and the positives and negatives of eating seasonally and locally.

Students are invited to make their own gourmet pizza and salad, using ingredients that are in season and sourced from either the garden at The Farmer’s Place or from local farms within a 100km radius. Pizzas are cooked in our wood-fired pizza oven by our chefs. The cost of this session includes ½ pizza per student and a seasonal salad.

From:

$23 per student for 2 hours

Paddock to Plate

Full day, each topic is 50 min

(Choose 3-4 topics below)

Prep - Year 5

Dirt! We explore the importance of soil and worms, their role in the paddock-to-plate cycle.

 

Animals on the Farm: Meet and feed animals, learn about the products that come from each and the processes undertaken to farm them.

 

Seed to Seedling: Investigate the life cycle of a seed. All students plant a seed for a vegetable garden at home or at school.

 

Vegetables Galore: What’s growing in our garden? Students have a close look, smell, and taste of the different produce we are currently growing and compare it with what they might find in a supermarket.

From:

$9 per student, per topic

Sustainability Scavenger Hunt

1 hour

Years 6 - 10

What makes The Farmer’s Place a hub of sustainability? Students investigate the practices we have in place to reduce our waste to landfill, water and energy use, increase vegetation and habitat, and make decisions about how we grow and source food. The Farmer's Place aims to model best practice sustainability to demonstrate how it can be incorporated into, and be of benefit for businesses.​​

From:

$9 per student

Paddock to Porridge

1 hour

Years 3 -10

Students get to cook and eat while learning! This interactive session is all about the food cycle and journey of oats to porridge – it’s not as simple as it seems. Students roll their own oats, cook them up, and enjoy their own steaming bowl of delicious porridge topped with lots of yummy extras.

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$13 per student 

Sauerkraut!

1 hour

Years 2 - 10

Made the same way for over 4000 years! During this session students will use the simple ingredients of cabbage and salt to make their own jar of sauerkraut and learn about fermented foods. Jars, recipe and all ingredients included.

From:

$13 per student

Tree planting/ Wetland Development

1 to 3 hour options

Years 2 - 12

We are revegetating our dam to create a thriving wetland. Schools are invited to help us with our project. Participating schools help by planting native and endemic trees, grasses and reeds. This session will cover the importance of natural habitat and water quality for the farm and the surrounding area.

From:

$9 per student

Veggie Gardener

1 hour

Prep - Year 8

From little things big things grow. From seed; to seedling; to plant; to fruit; to plate. Come and help us propagate seeds and plant seedlings in The Farmer’s Place garden.

From:

$9 per student

Worms

1 hour

Prep - Year 5

Worms are incredible! They play an essential role in soil health, are valuable in every vegetable garden, can be used to create organic waste solutions, and have five hearts. During this session students will learn more about worms, and how they can be used to develop an organic waste solution.  This session involves each student making his or her own worm hotel to be used at school or at home. 

From:

$9 per student

Freshwater Creek Bushwalk

1 hour

Years 2 - 12

Our bushwalk around the Freshwater Creek area provides an insight into land use over time, from current farming practices, through to early European settlement and Indigenous culture. 

From: $9 per student

Beeswax Wraps

1 hour

Years 4 - 9

How can you reduce your waste and use of single use packaging? Make bees-wax wraps! With us! In this session, each participant will learn the affects that single use packaging is having on our environment. Everyone will then learn how to make your very own bees-wax wraps. Even better, everyone will get to take one home with them! No plastic, fantastic!

From $15 per student

Waste Audit

90 mins - full day

Years 5 - 12

How waste savvy is your school? As a group we delve into your rubbish….. not literally, but almost, to conduct a waste audit. The waste audit involves an investigation into the amount of waste your school disposes of in one day.  We sort rubbish into different categories; organics, plastics, paper and other recyclables; weigh them; and calculate totals. The results of the investigation are used to discuss what is working well at school, what improvements could be made, and to develop a list of recommendations to inform changes at school.

Free for active Barwon South West ResourceSmart Schools

A Load of Garbage

1 hour

Years 3 - 12

Victorian households throw away an enormous amount of waste. We can do better! During this session we will have a closer look at what Victorian’s send to landfill and explore the alternatives. We’ll examine the familiar 4R’s; reduce, refuse, reuse, recycle and look at why composting is great for our gardens and great for landfill. And, if we’re ready to face some bigger challenges, we will also look into the dilemma of packaging and our love of new things.

From $9 per student

675 Anglesea Road, Freshwater Creek VIC 3216

Samantha Lester - Program Manager

Excursions & Sustainable Farm Experiences

samantha@thefarmersplace.com.au | 0422 595 175

Cheryl O'Kane - ResourceSmart Schools Coordinator

cheryl@thefarmersplace.com.au | 0499 333 093