Founder and Director of From Paddock to Plate (FP2P), Louise FitzRoy, is excited to release NEW national school resources on food and farming in January to kick start the 2017 school year.
“The demand for food is expected to double in the next 35 years. Therefore we need to act now and provide resources that will educate the next generations about the importance of food, food sustainability and food security so that we can continue to feed the world,” Louise said.
The exclusive materials will include a three-part film series on careers in agriculture, a food waste “virtual excursion” and a video on Australia’s first locally grown and commercially sold frozen berries.
This unique footage will be added to the other nine FP2P videos being accessed online by hundreds of teachers and students across Australia.
The national FP2P Schools Program was launched in 2014 and is one-stop shop to learn about where food comes from in a variety of different industries, on a variety of topics, using a variety of premium resources, covering the entire Australian Curriculum for Years 5 to 10 students in seven different subjects – English, Science, Geography, Design & Technologies, Food Technology, Home Economics and Agriculture.
“I believe food and farming education is essential for every student no matter what subjects they elect to study. Growing up on an Australian farm, I have been fortunate to have access to delicious local, fresh and bountiful produce and in developing these resources, hope to provide a value based and effective learning platform for teachers and students Australia wide.
“If you are a Year 8 Science teacher, for example, just take out a section of your current curriculum and insert the relevant FP2P curriculum. You’ll still be meeting the learning requirements of that subject and year level, however also teaching your students about where their food comes from and giving them the opportunity to consider careers that they may have never otherwise.”
The FP2P Schools Program includes:
- 14 “virtual excursions”;
- 4 DIY videos for the school garden;
- 200+ teacher manuals with lesson ideas for every Curriculum strand of the specific year level and subject guaranteed to save hours of class planning and preparation;
- 150+ comprehension worksheets;
- free access to the Paddock to Plate app as a useful research tool;
- 50+ delicious and nutritious recipes also found in Louise’s book, From Paddock to Plate; and
- an instructional video.
The main objectives of the national FP2P Schools Program are to:
- increase awareness and knowledge of where our food comes from;
- 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.
“Imagine achieving all of our FP2P objectives without the expense of textbooks and costly farm visits. Over 400 FP2P resources are available online with one school login that provides unlimited access to all of the materials for teachers and students at the school during the 12-month subscription period. That’s great value.”
A 12-month subscription to the national FP2P Schools Program costs $450 + GST. Teachers can sign up online or email a subscription request to Louise.
“FP2P’s core value is to embrace and drive change to make a difference using integrity and passion.”
For more information on go to http://www.frompaddocktoplate.com.au/