The Paddock to Plate Program Providing Education to Aussie Schools
The paddock to plate movement has been a recent discussion lately among enthusiasts of sustainability and ethical eating. More than that, the movement has been a good advocate for the education of children and adults alike on the work that farmers put in and the efforts required for food to be put on the table.
Louise FitzRoy is the founder and director of From Paddock to Plate. She is also the creator of the national From Paddock to Plate brand of educational resources to teach people about food and fibre production in Australia. Beyond that, FP2P also brings these resources and incorporates it into the school curriculum in Australian classrooms. It brings farming experiences and food education into the classroom using “virtual excursions” projects, experiments, and presentations.
With the FP2P school program, teachers can simply log in to the portal and have access to over 300 resources covering the Australian curriculum requirements of year 7 - 10 to up to 9 subjects. The program includes:
14 short films with English subtitles (with more to be filmed);
An international case study on Cayman Islands bee industry;
a farmer case study on bananas in Far North Queensland;
a school case study on trout;
4 DIY videos and projects for the garden;
200+ of teacher manuals with 21st Century learning principles;
100+ comprehension worksheets; and
50+ delicious and nutritious recipes also found in Louise’s book, From Paddock to Plate.
What is the organisation about and what does it do?
Encourage people to support this cause.
The main objectives of the FP2P schools program are to:
increase awareness and knowledge of where our food comes from;
provide credible, objective and educational resources for schools to maintain and improve confidence in Australia’s primary industries;
encourage healthy eating;
improve mental health and wellbeing;
reduce food waste and food miles;
provide social benefits and a sense of community;
stimulate creative thinking in a variety of subjects;
remove misconceptions that food education is only for Food Technology and Agriculture classes;
retain and attract youth in the agriculture sector;
offer more agriculture education and career inspiration; and
inspire greater support for Australian farmers.
If you are inspired by this initiative, or you’re a school teacher in your local community, feel free to share and get the discussion going about this program and you can sign up here and find out more about what this program offers to Aussie schools!