Jul 18

Pupils hope Maisy Moo a winner

Gwynneville Public School students Fudail Karimullah (left), Enya O’Brien, Max Butler, Aleksandra Gundelj and Oliver Baulch with Maisy Moo – their entry for the 2014 Archibull Prize. Picture: KIRK GILMOURWOLLONGONG ADVERTISER

Gwynneville Public School’s entry into the 2014 Art4Agriculture Archibull Prize, the Maisy Moo, was the painstaking result of using tweezers to glue individual grains into a piece of art.

More than 20 hours of labour turned a life-size fibreglass cow into an udderly impressive display about the Australian grain industry. Maisy Moo’s “Fork to Farm” theme connects agricultural production to food consumption and could result in the school milking up to $4000 worth of prizes.

Art4Agriculture national program director Lynne Strong decided to blend the worlds of art and agriculture to ensure the next generation developed an interest in farming.

“Art and agriculture is a perfect way to teach children the paddock-to-plate story and, more importantly, farmers need innovative ways to reach out,” Ms Strong said.

Schools must complete a blog and presentation in addition to their artworks.

“This program combines subjects like art, science, geography and IT to teach the next generation of decision-makers about agriculture. They meet our Young Farming Champions who show them the A-Z of agriculture careers and that a farming career has multiple entry points.”

Ms Strong’s dairy farm near Jamberoo employs eight young people.

“Only one has a farming background so seven young people with little experience or knowledge of farming were attracted to the industry through the program,” she said.

School captain Oliver Baulch said he enjoyed the process. “I got to learn something different from maths and English.”

This story Administrator ready to work first appeared on 老域名.