Tertiary Paddock to Plate

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Second Nature Education offers an amazing variety of educational and experiential programs to a variety of farms, food processing and storage facilities in: Queensland and New South Wales; throughout Australia; and overseas.

All our programs are tailored to support a chosen unit of study or as specifically requested by our clients.

What we provide

  • Award-winning educators/ facilitators
  • Itineraries and Flyers
  • Curriculum-based work-booklets
  • All relevant equipment (supplying up to 150x students per session)
  • Example assessment tasks
  • Transportation options (we provide quotes to utilise our own buses for every excursion and can purchase all relevant flights relating to your program where applicable)
  • Pre/Post Excursion Activities (usually a PPP)
  • Risk Assessment (location specific)
  • Variety of field-work locations (where available)
  • Accommodation options (we provide quotes to utilise the most affordable and most appropriate accommodation to suit your needs)
  • Catering options (we provide quotes to utilise our own in-house catering service for every excursion (where available) and/or catering through a third-party provider

Tertiary (TAFE/University) Programs

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.

Trip Overview

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.


  • Exploring a range of different farms and food processing/storage facilities
  • Speaking one-on-one with farmers from a diverse range of backgrounds
  • Assisting farmers with daily tasks
  • Tasting local produce!
  • Milking a cow (optional)
  • Feeding goats (optional)
  • Sketching

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  • Visit 1-4 farms (e.g. cattle, lettuce, micro-herb, chicken, dairy, carrot, pineapple, etc.)
  • Guided exploration of farms with discussion of embedded infrastructure
  • Compare the diversity of rainforest or eucalypt forest biomes with the monoculture extant at farm sites
  • Field sketch of study site (view of a farming region)
  • Discussion of hydroponics, biological pest control and other innovations in farming
  • Field work (interview farmers)


  • An age-appropriate interactive PowerPoint presentation
  • Virtual exploration of the multiple sites forming a food production chain (i.e. producer à processor à storage à supermarket)
  • Talk from a local farmer
  • Samples of local produce to try!
Educational Outcomes
  • Awareness and knowledge of the challenges facing farmers in Australia
  • A basic understanding of how the longevity of farming activity affects food security in Australia.
  • Awareness of how humans have reshaped a natural environment to create a built environment
  • Assessment of the difference in biodiversity between an undisturbed biome and a biome that has been modified to support crop growth or grazing.
  • Knowledge of environmental issues that have arisen as a result of farming practices including pollution, introduction of invasive species, death of pollinator species and loss of biodiversity
  • Learning of sustainable farming practices that can be used to minimise these issues
  • A connection to and sense of stewardship towards Australia’s natural environment
  • Motivation to support local farmers by buying local produce at green grocers and supermarkets

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