ABC Garden Guru Phil Dudman will make his way to the Clarence tomorrow.
ABC Garden Guru Phil Dudman will make his way to the Clarence tomorrow.

Fresh food for new thoughts

FROM tomorrow, 40 Year 9 students from high schools across the Valley will participate in a three-day multimedia enterprise learning event.

Students from McAuley Catholic College and Grafton, Maclean and South Grafton high schools will benefit from Fresh Start, a special cross-school collaboration to strengthen education and employment pathways for Clarence students through practical learning.

This week’s event aims to build Year 9 students’ awareness of locally grown food, food miles, links to carbon emissions, impacts of food choices on local food resilience and community sustainability. Students will complete a food challenge on day one, develop multimedia skills on day two and create a local food resource calendar for upload to school websites on day three.

Guiding students through the food challenge will be the ABC’s garden guru Phil Dudman and editor of Sample Magazine Remy Tancred. Phil and Remy will have students on the move at farmers’ markets, talking to growers and tracking down low food-mile ingredients. The winning teams from each school will be profiled in the summer edition of Sample.

Fresh Start is an initiative of the Clarence Valley Industry Education Forum. Established in 2006, the forum works to achieve change in schools and the community through facilitating innovative partnerships between students, parents, educators, training providers, business and the wider community and by pioneering programs and activities that work towards enhancing outcomes for all students.



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