Learn about agriculture
The Agricultural Hall presented by seqwater features plenty of ag-ucational activities for children, including the Field to Fork interactive rural journey.
It’s vital the next generation understands that everything starts with agriculture, from the food they eat to the clothes they wear.
Ekka is Queensland’s largest classroom, with more than 30,000 children inspired, educated and entertained each year over the 10 days of show.
Field to Fork
Kids will once again be taken on a rural journey, as they discover how food gets from the field to their fork. In order of the agricultural cycle - composting, soil analysis, growing and planting, harvesting and processing - they’ll take part in the following activities:
This activity highlights the importance of compost in soil health. Kids will learn methods for at home composting, as they take part in fun interactive activities including lifting flaps to find composting fun facts and pulling out draws to see the different layers of a compost bin. The kids will also see a live wormery, before weighing themselves to find out just how much they would have to eat if they were a worm. Worms eat up to half their body weight each day and for a 30kg kid that’s equivalent to around 18 loaves of bread!
Growing and Planting
Kids will learn how to identify different types of fruit and vegetables. They’ll get their hands dirty as they dig through the Farmers Patch, finding five different types of vegetables including potatoes and carrots.
Raised garden bed kits from Vegepod will also be used to teach kids about growing and planting. They’ll learn how to water, protect, contain and harvest edible plants in an urban environment, all through organic means - and they’ll even get to plant seeds themselves. Bee Yourself will then tell the children all about how native stingless bees are great pollinators for plants.
Kids will be given 15 minutes to carry out farming related tasks on a PS4 game, such as harvesting, looking after farm animals, selling fresh produce and investing in farming vehicles and tools.
Kids will learn about the grain to flour process through the Grain Chain. They’ll touch and grind wheat, oats and barley, before taking an interactive grains quiz. This activity will teach the kids what’s involved in turning grains into consumable commercial products.
Kids will be inspired as they learn to make a delicious and healthy corn and vegetable fritter at the Get Cracking Get Cooking with Australian Eggs activity - perfect for their school lunchbox! In this step by step cooking class, they’ll get hands-on as they whip up something delicious using eggs.
All Field to Fork activities run from 9am to 6pm.
New to the Agricultural Hall presented by seqwater this year is the Innovation Hub. It will be a showcase of agricultural innovation and what the future of farming may look like.
Kids and adults will love exploring the Seqwater Stand and discovering all things water!
There kids will be able to gain an understanding about how water works, ways to conserve water through everyday sustainable practices and planning for the future including alternative sources of water.
- Playing in the sandpit
Build more than sandcastle's in this sandpit! Under a projector, the seemingly normal sandboxes become virtual topographical maps, with a sensor detecting changes in the elevation of sand in real time, allowing kids (and adults!) to create their own hills, valleys and lakes and simulate rainfall. These virtual reality sandboxes show the importance of our catchments, how dams work and what happens during droughts and floods.
- Taste 'desal coffee' - one for the adults!
Adults will have the chance to sample Seqwater's special brew - coffee blended with desalinated water (seawater without the salt). Produced at the Gold Coast Desalination Plant, desalinated water is already a part of South East Queensland's water supply and an important source of water in the future.
- Photo Booth fun
Capture the experience with a photo in Seqwater's photo booth. You'll have an awesome keepsake to take home with you and make a pledge about the ways you save water in your community.
You'll find many more ag-ucational activities in the Ag Hall from 'bee-ing' amazed at different types of honey to diving into learning about the Great Barrier Reef.
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