Ex­pe­ri­ence of life on the farm

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FROM Man­durah to Wood­vale, chil­dren are flock­ing to Kelmscott for a feel of farm life.

Kelmscott Se­nior High School’s pri­mary agri­cul­tural pro­gram in­tro­duces pri­mary school chil­dren to the re­al­ity of agri­cul­ture and its im­pact on their daily lives.

While on site for a visit, stu­dents see milk­ing in ac­tion, watch a shear­ing demon­stra­tion, head out to the pad­docks to see cat­tle, sheep, al­pacas, horses and goats, and learn how to han­dle main shed an­i­mals such as chick­ens, rab­bits and lambs.

Groups in the full-day pro­gram of­ten make scones to show stu­dents how in­gre­di­ents such as flour, milk, mar­garine and spreads are sourced from farm­ers and or­chardists.

Pro­gram co-or­di­na­tor Norm Ham­mond said the pro­gram started in the late 1970s and had a rep­u­ta­tion for pro­vid­ing an in­valu­able ed­u­ca­tional re­source for teach­ers.

The pro­gram is aided by a team of vol­un­teers and Mr Ham­mond is en­cour­ag­ing any­one in­ter­ested in help­ing out to get in touch.

“An im­por­tant part of the vis­i­ta­tion pro­gram is the pres­ence and as­sis­tance of our pri­mary vol­un­teers, who at­tend ei­ther weekly or fort­nightly to as­sist in the var­i­ous ac­tiv­i­ties the stu­dents un­der­take. Their val­ued role en­hances the chil­dren’s visit,” he said.

If you are in­ter­ested in be­com­ing a pri­mary agri­cul­tural pro­gram vol­un­teer, call 0409 688 853.

Pic­ture: Jon Hew­son www.com­mu­ni­typix.com.au d470582

Vol­un­teer Syd Soulsby, Katie Hughs and Christo­pher Black at Kelmscott Se­nior High School’s farm.

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