Last chance to participate in NSW Kids to Farms program

Sheep Central, April 5, 2023

The NSW Farmers Kids to Farms program has proven to be popular. Image – Megan Rutherford.

NEW South Wales teachers and principals are being urged to book free classroom experiences early for the final term of the popular Kids to Farms program.

The program is funded by the Australian Government and aims to give children an understanding of where their food and clothing comes from by bridging the divide between classrooms and farms.

NSW Farmers project manager Georgia Campbell said 5405 students from 84 schools across the state had been through the program over the past two years, and Term 2 was their last chance to get involved.

“We know a shocking number of people have no idea where their food comes from.

“In an age where cost of living and global food insecurity are rising, it’s critical we teach the next generation that farmers grow the food and fibre that feeds and clothes everyone,” Ms Campbell said.

“Given 59 percent of students learn about food and fibre production from their teachers, it’s important we support them in teaching students about the agricultural industry.”

According to a 2022 study by CQUniversity, four in five primary students and three in five secondary students believed commercial milking of dairy cows occurred by hand. And a 2020 study by the Primary Industries Education Foundation Australia, a third of young people aged 12 to 19 didn’t know yoghurt was an animal product and just under two thirds didn’t know cotton was derived from a plant.

Ms Campbell said there were huge advances in agricultural technology that were creating many opportunities for future careers, and with an ever-growing number of hungry mouths to feed, farming would always be a vital industry.

For more details on Kids to Farms visit or email [email protected] to register your interest.


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