Outdoor lesson opens eyes to agriculture at the Henty field days


Hume Public School Year 6 student Jasmine Butler hears about agriculture first hand from Henty Machinery Field Days CEO Belinda Anderson.

May 16, 2014
Four Albury school students received a first-hand lesson on running one of Australia’s biggest agricultural events during a visit to the Henty Machinery Field Days site this week.
The Hume Public School Year 4 and 6 students had chosen the field days as their “Local Land Hero’’ under the 2014 Creative Catchment Kids program.
Supported by Murray Local Land Services, the project encourages primary school aged children with an interest in agriculture and the environment.
Students identify local individuals, couples, a business or industry making a difference in their local community by contributing to productive agriculture.
Hume Public School students Caitlin Wenke, Mariah Burton, Jasmine Butler and Piper Lockley-Hinschen selected Henty Machinery Field Days chief executive officer Belinda Anderson as their Local Land Hero.
Instructional leader Nicole Smith said the students wanted to recognise the importance of farmers and their families.
Ms Smith said information and photographs gathered by the students would be used to illustrate a 12-page booklet.
The students received a first-hand lesson in tillage equipment, precision guidance and conservation work during a visit to the Anderson family farm.
The completed booklet will be launched at both the Henty Machinery Field Days on September 22-25 and Charles Sturt University in November.
It will be available through the National Library in Canberra.