Our blog will share Art4Agriculture’s journey to share stories and improve the understanding of modern farming practices so urban and rural communities can work together to ensure the health, wealth and happiness of all Australians.
Meet the team and read the stories of some of exciting young people who have chosen an agriculture related career education pathway.
The Art4Ag Team
Art4Agriculture’s vision is to design and deliver community events that are a true celebration of the diversity, sustainability, creativity and progress of primary industries, their people, place and produce.
Art4Agriculture aim to bring consumers and rural producers together to build trust and confidence in Australian farm production systems.
WHO WE ARE AND WHAT WE DO
Art4Agriculture is a network of young people who share a passion to tell others about the pivotal role Australian farmers play in feeding the world.
Art4Agriculture is committed to developing within the broader Australian population a deeper understanding of and greater respect for, the essential role played by Australian farmers in producing food and supporting the nation’s economy, community and rural amenity.
To achieve this goal Art4Agriculture deliver self managed events and activities which focus on youth, career opportunities, the arts and community – all linked with agriculture.
Our programs are tailored to both enhance the image of agriculture and encourage young people to consider agribusiness as a future.
Our school programs are education and awareness focused and use creative arts and multimedia to engage urban and rural students in the challenges of housing and feeding the world with a declining natural resources.
Our Art4Agriculuture initiatives partner with Woolworths, Landlearn NSW and other sponsors and include:
The Cream of the Crop Competition invites students involved in primary industry and natural resource management studies to create a PowerPoint about a unit of their studies with the chance to win cash prizes for their efforts. The winning entries will be loaded on the web providing contemporary authentic, positive and popular stories about agriculture and the environment written by young people for young people. This initiative is vital as the changes to the way farmers manage their properties have moved much faster than educational resource development. Such is the popularity of these web based peer to peer learning resources the Cream of the Crop Competition finalist winning entries have now attracted over 30,000 web hits
The Archibull Prize – invites students in suburban high schools to learn through hands on experience about the challenges of housing and feeding the world with a declining natural resource base. The finished artworks and curriculum activities must explore and communicate the students’ vision for a sustainable future.
Bridging the Rural Urban Divide. This project will pilot a program for secondary schools which brings young agricultural producers and the next generation of Australian consumers together to explore and understand the challenge of producing food and fibre sustainably. The objective is to bridge the rural urban divide – giving rural producers a better understanding of their urban customers and in turn, the urban communities gaining an insight into modern agricultural production and the efforts that rural producers undertake to protect the natural resource base. Young farming champions will be trained to become local faces of sustainable primary production. Urban audiences, consumers and students will get to know them, enhancing their knowledge of sustainable food and fibre production and natural resource management.
Equally participation in the program will enable our young farming champions to develop a wide range of skills, networks and knowledge which will equip them to increase the representation of young people in agriculture, and build their capacity to become leaders.
The Confidence to Grow Initiative is supported by Caring for our Country funding and other supporting partners
This program harnesses the energy and leadership drive of youth to forge cross-community partnerships to improve economic, environmental and social sustainability. It focuses on increasing the adoption of sustainable farm management practices, including conserving and extending green corridors, while improving food security to meet the needs of a growing nation and world demand. It fosters the confidence to grow.
Our programs are a true celebration of the people and the places behind the food we eat. They deliver strong rural sustainability messages – not just to the students involved, but also to the wider community. They showcase the positive things farmers are doing and empower them to share their stories. Our activities are genuine, contemporary, engaging, fun and full of hope for a sustainable future.
For further information contact
PO Box 20 Jamberoo NSW 2533
Phone 02 42 360 309
Mobile 0412 428 334
Event Director Art4Agriculture
Phone 02 4384 4584
Mobile 0438 602 763