There are hundreds of individuals and organisations that share Food River Station's belief that it is critical that young people understand where their food comes from.
Read on for what our participants and supporters have to say about the program.
Watch Gemma present her entry for the Brand Muster Challenge competition.
I have enjoyed the Food River Station work. I have learnt about advertising and designing logos plus I have learnt more about the Liverpool Plains food bowl.
“t is a very relevant, critical, and contemporary unit for Australia as it provides students with a major insight into the demands on the farming and rural sectors, and how crucial food bowls are for the future sustainability of the country.
HSIE Co-ordinator, Holy spirit College.
“I have really enjoyed learning about the Liverpool Plains as I didn’t know where it was or what was produced there prior to this unit. Now I know all of the different crops that are grown in the plains such as canola, sunflower, wheat, corn and sorghum. These are then used to make many of our foods that we eat daily.”
Emma (Year 6), Woolomin Public School, 2017
I’ve just had a look at the teaching unit. It certainly is comprehensive and of excellent quality. It has lots of options for activities and teachers like this as it allows them to tailor it to their needs/students’ needs. It’s got the creative side of things covered too, which is a real plus. I’m sure the unit will get a positive response. It’s great to see good ideas coming from people outside of teaching.
Kerry Goonan, HSIE Department,
The Illawarra Grammar School (TIGS)
My students have never been so engaged! What a great learning experience! We now know Food Source matters!
Chanelle Littler, Blandford Public School, Oct 2018
NEGS is pleased to be involved in the Brand Muster for our third Year. This completion provides our student with opportunities to explore food source and how that impacts on our environment.
At NEGS, some of my Year 7 class live within the Liverpool Plains region and board at the school. Most students who attend the school that live in other areas of Regional NSW and QLD. These students see the importance of designing a ‘Brand' that represents the very food that their families produce. They then see the relevance of marketing produce that is sustainably grown, that can be identified as coming from a particular region. This regional identity can be provide consumers with confidence in the product, is a strong selling point and provides opportunity for a brand loyalty to develop.
Students at NEGS enjoy designing Brands about the food that their families produce by using the latest technology. It will allow your students to consider where their food comes from. No better place to start than with the Liverpool Plains, as the region produces environmentally sustainable food for all people to enjoy.
It is the accessibility of the concepts for our students. Food miles, healthy sustainable farming practices, and knowing a food source, the importance and value of being able to market, produce and develop consumer loyalty and understanding of the products that come from behind the farm gate in a particular region. Most students were not aware of the Liverpool Plains Food Bowl.
Ms Ingrid Steddy
Year 7 Year Advisor, CAFS, Textiles & Design, Design & Technology & Design Mandatory Teacher,
At last a resource on Sustainable Australian Agriculture where teachers and students need no agricultural background to participate!
Shelley Simson, Group Sponsor, 2016, 2017
I think the concept looks great. I can imagine the children having lots of fun with it and the logo/tagline fits beautifully with your artistic approach to communicating ideas.
Dr Ann Young, Project Environmental Scientist
It was very clear from all the entries that I judged the wonderful impact that this resource has had on all the students’ understanding and valuing of, not only Australia’s primary industries sector generally, but the Liverpool Plains specifically.
I could see through the entries that there were great notions of connectedness between city and country, and great examples of how they perceive primary producers as custodians of this valuable area for us, as well as the vast array of resources and produce that this area produces.
Ben Stockwin, Brand Muster Challenge judge,
CEO of Primary Industries Education Foundation of Australia