Food, fibre on learning menu

Zach RelphCountryman
Beafort River farmers Rob and Caroline Rex.
Camera IconBeafort River farmers Rob and Caroline Rex. Credit: CQUniversity Australia

Teachers will step out of the classroom and on to Great Southern farms as part of a trailblazing education program shining a light on food and fibre production.

The CQUniversity Australia and Rabobank-backed two-day professional course Teacher Farm Experience Program, or TeacherFX, will be held at properties near Kojonup on September 16 and 17.

The program, launched last year, aims to equip educators with an improved understanding of farming in a bid to bridge the urban-rural divide.

About 20 Great Southern farming families will be involved, either hosting the on-farm visits or hosting teachers for the overnight farm stay.

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Rabobank regional manager for WA Steve Kelly said the initiative aided teachers in applying on-farm learning to the classroom.

Teachers will travel to Brad and Tracy Wooldridge’s farm at Arthur River on the opening day to view the family’s mixed-grain growing and livestock enterprise.

Rob and Caroline Rex will then host the teachers at their Beaufort River operation to discuss soil regeneration’s importance to long-term farming.

Neil and Sandy Jackson will walk teachers through their wool producing enterprise, south of Kojonup.

Day two will include a panel discussing agriculture careers and farming education.

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