SECONDARY SCHOOL

At Pocket City Farms we believe that the future of our food system and sustainable environmental practices lies in the hands of the next generation. So, we've developed a number of experiences that cover a range of subjects in the high school curriculum that focus on food, design and sustainability. 

Read more about why we have developed this program in the banners below, or head to the bottom of the page to view our workshop outlines. If you can’t see what you’re looking for just let us know - we may be able to tailor something for your class.

Hold tight for a partnership involving updated workshops focusing on Indigenous land management and ATSI areas of focus within the curriculum!

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+ What we do

In June 2016 we opened the first urban farm in Sydney, at Camperdown Commons. Our farm is a productive hub the local community can gather to learn about all things farming and food growing, buy locally-grown, chemical-free produce, participate in our composting program, and take part in many workshops and events. Importantly, the farm is a place to visit, enjoy productive green space in the city, dig your hands in the soil, and learn all about where exactly our food comes from and how it’s grown!

+ The problem

Australia’s food system is facing tremendous challenges in this current day and age. Challenges that are the product of decades of increasing industrialisation and consumer demands. This problem is extremely complex, but has resulted in a disconnection that people have with the food they eat and the people who grow it.
With this disconnection comes the domino effect of lost food skills. This umbrella idea encapsulates the choices and actions that drive the sourcing of food, the growing of food and the cooking of food.

+ The solution

The solution lies in the hands of the next generation. By educating children and young people about food, the way it is grown, sustainability and ethical decision making surrounding this huge umbrella idea of food, we can take small steps toward achieving real behaviour change.
It’s all about enlightening children about the beauty of growing their own food and the benefits as a whole. Much research has found that when children are exposed to authentic food and sustainability education early in their lives, chances are that they will continue along a path of holistic lifestyle approaches in the future.


SESSION OUTLINES

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+ HANDS-ON FARMING

Participate in seasonal growing activities directly on the farm. Get actively involved with weeding, composting, planting, seed collecting, propagating, harvesting and fertilising. Most of all, learn about why this is all so important.
Suitable for: Biology, Geography, TAS and Society + Culture
Time: 2 hrs // Cost: $15 per student (minimum cost $300)

+ URBAN FARM TOUR

Take a tour on the farm where you will learn about how we came to be, methods we use to grow veggies, the benefits and challenges of urban agriculture and how we interact with the community. Depending on the area of learning you are focusing on we will tailor the tour to fit your students.
Suitable for: Biology, Geography, TAS, and Society + Culture
Time: 1 hr // Cost: $10 per student (minimum cost $200)

+ SOIL

Soil is more important than you might think. Learn about the different types of soil and conduct pH soil tests. The history of land management will be touched upon as well as soil’s ability (when cared for properly) to responsibly store carbon and the resulting effects this could have on climate change.
Suitable for: Biology + Geography
Time: 2 hrs // Cost: $15 per student (minimum cost $300)

+ PAINT THE SEASONS

Take a tour of the farm and harvest seasonal vegetables and herbs. Use the delights you have picked and use them as your inspiration for still life botanical illustrations and painting.
Suitable for: Visual Arts
Time: 2 hrs // Cost: $20 per student (minimum cost $400)

+ WASTE

Australia’s levels of food waste are currently sky rocketing. Learn about the wonders of composting and worm farms. Design solutions to a waste problem at your school or in your community.
Suitable for: Geography, TAS, Society and Culture
Time: 2 hrs // Cost: $15 per student (minimum cost $300)

+ SECURE FUTURES

What is food security? Why does it matter? Looking at Pocket City Farms as a case study, students workshop solutions around food and energy security. Option to link this in with an investigative study that you may have running at school.
Suitable for: XXX
Time: XX // Cost: XXX per student (minimum cost $XX)


essential infoRMATION

All you need to do is bring the class. We’ll sort the rest.

+ OUR WORKSHOPS

Pocket City Farms now offers a unique opportunity for education for schools in Sydney and further afield to visit and learn on our working market garden in the middle of the city. We currently run workshop excursion programs for primary and secondary school students, as well as early childhood groups. (Tertiary are also available, currently by request.) For the full info on our excursion programs, head to the links for each stage. There, you'll find the program and stage outlines and information sheets.

+ TIMES + DURATIONS

Classes available every day of the week, with times also flexible. Most workshops run for 2 hours in total. We can cater for day length programs where your group takes part in multiple sessions.

+ GROUP SIZE

Depending on the workshop and the dates chosen, we can accommodate up to 100 students rotating around the farm at one time. If you are planning an excursion for more students than this, get in touch and we’ll find a solution.

+ PRICING

Prices range from $10-$20. Workshops have a minimum of 20 students / $300 booking fee. Farm tours have a minimum $200 booking fee.
Pocket City Farms is a not-for-profit association. Your fees are a contribution to continuing the work we do in local food, education and community. Thank you for supporting our farm project by way of your excursion booking.

+ GETTING HERE

We are located at 31A Mallett St, Camperdown. Close to Newtown and Parramatta Road. Please see below some travel options.

TRAIN + 15 minute walk //
Catch a train to Newtown station and walk straight down Australia Street. Cross through Camperdown Park and you will reach Camperdown Commons.

BUS //
Buses run frequently from Central Station to the Bridge Road school bus stop on Parramatta Rd.
Bus routes include: 413, 436, 438, 439, 440, 480, 483 + M10

HIRED BUSES + PARKING // Buses will be able to pull into the side carpark between the farm and Camperdown Park to drop off. However they will then need to go and find parking on a local street. Parking is regularly monitored and are 2 hour limits. There’s also a Secure Carpark on Grose St that can be utilised.

+ CANCELLATION POLICY

After your booking is confirmed, cancellations will be charged $100 for more than a weeks notice, and up to the full fee for less than a weeks notice.

+ RISK MANAGEMENT

The safety of everyone visiting is important to us, we encourage you to read our Risk Management Policy before attending Pocket City Farms for an excursion.

+ ACCESSIBILITY

We are close to full wheelchair access at the farm, with wide pathways surrounding our market gardens. There is only one narrow pathway near our compost bays which won't be accessible, as well as on the actual market garden itself. We recommend that all visitors using wheelchairs are accompanied by a support person as some parts of the site have difficult surfaces; gravel, and can be slippery and muddy after rain. Ramps are located at numerous access points on the site and there are wheelchair accessible toilets. Please alert our coordinator if there will be visitors in wheelchairs with your group and we can modify the experience accordingly.

+ CONTACT

For enquiries and bookings, email Madison at: community@pocketcityfarms.com.au

We hope to see you on the farm soon!


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