Where does our food and fibre come from? Did you know that each Australian farmer produces enough food to feed 600 people; 150 at home and 450 overseas?
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Lifting the lid on a world of agriculture for school students, Ag in a Box is the gift teachers have been waiting for. Each box is packed with hands-on learning for students and meets the needs of teachers by aligning perfectly with the NSW school curriculum, and it doesn’t cost a thing. Funded by the Australian Government’s Building Landcare Community Capacity Program, Ag in a Box delivers on the mission of the Royal Agricultural Society of NSW to engage, educate and entertain our community on the value of sustainable agriculture… and it’s the best way to encourage the next generation to get their hands dirty! Wicked Wool – Box 1 Providing an introduction to agriculture, the first box in the Ag in a Box series examines ways in which the new colony ‘rode the sheep’s back’ to prosperity. History suggests only 29 fat-tailed sheep made the journey with the First Fleet as a source of meat, but by 1822 wool was exported to England and breeders were requesting relief from tariffs. Students will get hands-on with a variety of wool samples and creative art activities as they explore the journey from sheep to yarn, investigate the right environment for healthy sheep, understand the relationship between wool and heat, and come to their own conclusion about John Macarthur – the pioneer of our wool industry. This project is jointly funded through the Royal Agricultural Society of NSW and the Australian Government’s National Landcare Program.