AGFORCE Queensland, along with Downlands College, hosted Toowoomba’s first Moo Baa Munch – ‘Getting down to the farm’, last weekend.
Visitors to the school farm took part in some fun-filled activities, interactive displays and live entertainment – all to celebrate and learn about the important role farming plays in everyday life. The Family Fun Day formed the Moo Baa Munch grand finale – a culmination of both primary (24 October) and secondary (23 October) days with demonstrations tailored to a variety of age groups.
AgForce School to Industry Partnership Program coordinator Ashley Cooper said the aim of Moo Baa Munch was to increase awareness, particularly among the primary students, about where their food and fibre comes from, and why farming is important in their community. “More often than not, urban primary school students are under the impression that yoghurt is plucked off trees and sausages are sprouted under the fluorescent lights of their local supermarket,” Mr Cooper said. “Over the three days we had over 14 interactive agricultural industry displays, with highlights including food preparation and milking demonstrations and the Warrill View Park Stockhorses display.”
Mr Cooper said for secondary students, the Moo Baa munch event provided a valuable insight into the broad range of agricultural career paths on offer. “Moo Baa Munch takes learning out of the classroom, corresponding with units related to agriculture, food and fibre, geography, society, environment and science,” he said.