Book to tell of food ori­gins

Shepparton News - Country News - - WATER -

En­tries have started rolling in for a writ­ing com­pe­ti­tion that aims to ed­u­cate peo­ple about the im­por­tance of farm­ers and what they pro­duce.

Se­lected works will be pub­lished in a book, to be ti­tled Food for Thought, and var­i­ous book prizes will be given to the best en­tries.

Food for Thought is the lat­est project of the Speak Up Cam­paign, as it con­tin­ues to ed­u­cate peo­ple about the need to sup­port food pro­duc­tion.

The group’s chair, Shel­ley Scoullar, gave a pre­sen­ta­tion for Years 5 and 6 stu­dents at St Michael’s Pri­mary School in De­niliquin.

It was ‘‘back to the class­room’’ for Mrs Scoullar, who has taught at a num­ber of pri­mary and sec­ondary schools in dif­fer­ent ca­pac­i­ties for 15 years be­fore con­cen­trat­ing her ef­forts in re­cent times on grow­ing rice and rais­ing a fam­ily.

‘‘I was able to com­bine my two pas­sions — ed­u­ca­tion and agri­cul­ture. Be­ing in the class­room felt great,’’ Mrs Scoullar said.

She talked with the stu­dents about what they ate for break­fast and what was needed to make their Weet­bix, Rice Bub­bles or toast.

‘‘We dis­cussed what is grown on var­i­ous farms through­out the re­gion. I was ac­tu­ally quite sur­prised when the stu­dents talked about the re­la­tion­ship be­tween where their par­ents work and how many are con­nected to the land. For ex­am­ple, their par­ents in­cluded truck driv­ers, ad­min­is­tra­tion of­fi­cers and those em­ployed in agri­cul­tural re­tail ser­vices and sup­plies.

‘‘We all rely very much on each other, and we’re all con­nected,’’ Mrs Scoullar said.

When her pre­sen­ta­tion was fin­ished the stu­dents im­me­di­ately started work­ing on their con­tri­bu­tions for the book.

‘‘I’m look­ing for­ward to see­ing the end re­sult. I am ex­tremely con­fi­dent we will have some excellent work from stu­dents at St Michael’s, as well as other schools through­out the re­gion,’’ Mrs Scoullar said.

‘‘We al­ready have some en­tries, and the feed­back re­ceived sug­gests oth­ers will be com­ing from through­out the Mur­ray re­gion of NSW, as well as the Goul­burn Val­ley and north­ern Vic­to­ria.’’

Mrs Scoullar said ed­u­cat­ing the gen­eral pub­lic was a ma­jor com­po­nent of Speak Up’s ef­forts, and this year’s book fol­lowed on from the Food Grows Where Wa­ter Flows book­let which was pro­duced in 2017.

There are cat­e­gories in the book for stu­dents of all ages, as well as an adult sec­tion, with excellent prizes thanks to the sup­port of De­niliquin Newsagency and Book­store.

Any schools that would like a copy of the pre­sen­ta­tion to en­cour­age their stu­dents to sub­mit en­tries can email speakup4wa­ter@ gmail.com or phone 0414 960 785 if they would like Mrs Scoullar to at­tend their school.

The com­pe­ti­tion is open to ev­ery­one. Con­tact the above email ad­dress for an en­try form, or they can be found on the web­site at www.speakup4wa­ter.com ■ For more in­for­ma­tion, phone Shel­ley Scoullar on 0414 960 782 or email sjs­coullar@gmail.com

Learn­ing ex­pe­ri­ence . . . Shel­ley Scoullar (third from right) with Years 5/6 stu­dents Cloe MacKnight, Alex Har­vey, Jack Scoullar, Stella White and Jock Mul­doon of St Michael’s Pri­mary School in De­niliquin.

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