All our programs are tailored to support a chosen unit of study or as specifically requested by our clients.
Our Tertiary Education programs have been developed for specific units of study within a variety of Courses (e.g. Agriculture and Food Science, Environmental Management, etc.). We can also tailor programs upon request. The programs are great fun and involve the exploration of working farms and food processing/storage facilities (excursions) or an exciting and interactive PPP (incursions). Students gain an understanding and awareness of where their food comes from. Students also learn about the challenges facing Australian farmers and the sustainable consumer behaviours their community must adopt to ensure food security within their region. These programs are delivered by passionate facilitators with specialist knowledge on the local geography. These programs are delivered by passionate facilitators with specialist knowledge on the local geography.
All Tertiary in-class presentations and field trips to farms and food processing/storage facilities come with complimentary assessable work-booklets, which are tailored to the requirements of an institution. Our field trips allow for an in-depth, methodical and structured investigation of food production in Australia. Alternatively, our “Urban Dynamics” incursion allows students who are unable to participate in a field trip to gain a basic understanding where their food comes from through a well-designed in-class presentation.
Below is an example itinerary for a 1-day “Paddock to Plate” excursion. All excursions packages include the necessary work booklets and equipment.
|08:00||Tour group pick- Second Nature have a fleet of vehicles available to cater for any number of passengers (within reason). We can provide transport to and from institutions and airports|
|08:30||Arrive at a Fruit Farm for Activity session 1 During this activity, students will tour the farm whilst speaking with the farmer to learn about how the relevant fruit (e.g. pineapple, avocado, strawberries, etc.) is grown, harvested, processed and stored. They will hear about the costs and challenges of distributing the fruit to consumers.|
|09:30||Morning tea at the Fruit Farm. Students will have the chance to taste some of the locally grown fruit!|
|09:45||Depart Fruit Farm for a Cattle Farm.|
|10:00||Arrive at the Cattle Farm Activity Session 2 Students will be taken on a guided walk of the farm, during which the daily tasks of cattle farmers will be pointed out to them. Students may be asked to help with a simple task as part of this activity (e.g. filling food stalls, etc.). They will once again interview the farmer about the process and challenges of producing their product/s.|
|11:00||Depart Cattle Farm for a Leafy Greens Farm|
|11:15||Arrive at the Leafy Greens Farm for lunch There will be great areas to take a break and enjoy panoramic views of the farming region.|
|12:15||Activity Session 3 The students will set off on another farm tour, this time looking at the unique infrastructure the farmer has developed for processes such as potting and irrigation. Students will learn about integrated pest management solutions and organic methods of food production at this site.|
|13:15||Depart Leafy Greens Farm for a Dairy Farm|
|13:30||Arrive at Dairy Farm for Activity Session 4 After touring the farm and interviewing the farmer for comparison with other sites, students will have the unique opportunity to milk a cow! They may also get to feed the nearby goats while they wait for their turn.|
|14:30||Depart Dairy Farm, back to institution or airport|
|15:00||Arrive back at institution or airport when required|