Art4Agriculture

 

 

 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.

Never underestimate the power of passion.
– Eve Sawyer

 

 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.Recognising primary industries share common ground, we have tailored our new programs 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 primary production, such as the land degradation, dwindling water supplies and climate change.Our 2011 Art4Agriculuture initiatives partner with Landlearn NSW and other sponsors and include:
1. 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.
2. The Archibull Prize – The 2011 program will see students reflect on the theme ” The Rural/ Urban Divide- What does it take to feed Sydney for a day?”This theme celebrates the role Australian farmers’ play in feeding Australian families and many other families around the world. The average person doesn’t consider the resources required to keep a city well fed let alone the world! We intend on telling this story.


The Archibull Prize program builds a bridge for farmers and communities to reach out to each other, share stories and improve understanding and work through potential solutions together. The project helps build the capability of young rural people to farm with resilience and confidence. Equally the student participants involved benefit as improving their knowledge of primary production will help them make better decisions as consumers and policy and decision makers.

The Archibull Prize was developed with the support of the Department of Agriculture Fisheries and Forestry, Industry and Investment NSW, LandLearn NSW, Hawkesbury Harvest and the University of Western Sydney.
The program is a new way and innovative way of connecting urban consumers with the people who produce their food and fibre and is proudly supported by Woolworths and other funding partners

Opportunities are available for other organisations who share the same passion and vision as we do to be part of the Archibull Prize 2011

3. Bridging the Rural Urban Divide. This project will pilot a program for secondary schools which brings 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. 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.


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.

4. What can you CreATE Competition?  The ‘What can you creATE’ competition provides a new and exciting opportunity for students to design a webpage. The competition involves good design skills and a lot of creativity and flair. The competition is open to all students in NSW secondary education. The winning entry will receive $500 and have their page published on www.art4agriculture.com.au

Our 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.

 

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