Learn about agriculture
The Ekka is Queensland’s largest classroom, with more than 30,000 children inspired, educated and entertained each year over the 10 days of show.
The Agricultural Hall presented by Seqwater features an amazing array of educational activities, delightful experiences and hands-on learning for children, with a special focus on innovation and sustainability in 2019.
Children will enjoy learning how agriculture impacts every area of our lives, with the Agricultural Hall presented by Seqwater showcasing rural life and agricultural innovations, explaining where healthy and nutritious food comes from and providing opportunities to meet farmers and primary producers.
Field to Fork
The best place to start in food education is to take kids to the very beginning and teach them about agriculture and how their food travels from the field to their fork. All stages of the agricultural cycle are covered, from composting, growing and planting, to harvesting and processing. Kids will have a chance to roll up their sleeves and enjoy the following activities:
Composting is nature’s way of recycling! This activity highlights the difference between biodegradable and non-biodegradable, the importance of decomposition and how compost is made and why it’s important for soil health. Kids will learn methods for at-home composting.
Growing and Planting
Identifying and planting seeds and seed pods is always a favourite kids gardening activity. Here kids will learn how to identify different types of fruit and vegetables and have the opportunity to guess the plant. Raised garden bed kits from Vegepod will also be used to teach kids about growing and planting.
When a crop has grown and is ready to eat, the farmer must collect or harvest it from the fields.
Kids will enjoy learning about the many different harvesting processes, such as picking fruits by hand or collecting wheat with huge technologically advanced machines called combine harvesters.
How does wheat become a loaf of bread? Kids will enjoy learning about the grain to flour process through the Grain Chain. This display will teach the kids what’s involved in processing and milling grains into consumable products which they can find on supermarket shelves.
Kids LOVE cooking… it’s fun, messy and a powerful learning experience for children. Kids will be inspired as they learn to make a healthy and yummy corn and vegetable fritter at the Kids get cracking, get cooking with Australian Eggs. In this hands-on cooking class, they’ll roll up their sleeves and don an apron as they measure, mix, grate, chop and bake, before enjoying their delicious fritter.
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.
Seqwater will create an exciting and inspiring space for kids to understand, appreciate and connect with water.
As the bulk water supplier for south east Queensland, Seqwater provides a safe, affordable and reliable drinking water supply for 3.2 million people across the region.
Seqwater’s stand will feature the ‘Sippidy doo Bar’ where Ekka goers will be able to quench their thirst with drinks made from desalinated water such as ‘Iced Teasal’ and ‘Saltless Sparking Seawater.’
Their popular giant augmented reality sandpit will return this year, educating kids with a simulation of what a drought would look like across south east Queensland.
The Seqwater stand would also not be complete without its water refill station for people to fill up their water bottles.
Seqwater is also this year working with water retailers Queensland Urban Utilities and Logan Water to educate people with fun water conservation and leak prevention activities.
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.
Queensland Beekeepers Association
Kids will learn the importance of buzzing bees and happy hives at the Queensland Beekeepers Association stand.
They will observe busy bees and enjoy watching honey extraction demonstrations throughout the day, with the experts showing the kids how honey is stored by bees and how it’s collected by the beekeeper.
They will also learn about the many types of honey and its different uses, and at 12.30pm each day they will have the chance to create candles and creams using beeswax.
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