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Year 9 SOSE trip to school farm

Year 9 Noosa District State SOSE students had a lesson on agriculture at the school farm as a part of their study into the problems associated with feeding an ever-growing world population.
The lesson came about due to the initiative shown by Year 9 SOSE student Ruby Hall, who liaised with the agricultural assistant Stan Chandler and her classroom teacher Bridge Muir and pre-service teacher Elise Sollitt, and in consultation with the adults, Ruby helped to organise a lesson that would assist the Year 9 students in understanding different farming methods and irrigation.
Mr Chandler took the students through the farm, showing the class the different plants and vegetables grown including potatoes, rye grass, rosella, lavender and tree cuttings and the diverse methods of watering, spraying and misting, that ensure crop survival.
The students found the tropical misting greenhouse a bit uncomfortable on such a hot day, and Mr Chandler reminded them that the temperature inside was a replication as to what is experienced in far North Queensland, especially designed for the tropical plants.
Skills such as field sketching and taking notes from an industry professional were developed during this lesson in preparation for the students excursion to Crystal Waters Eco Village and farm at the end of this week.
The students found the lesson at the school farm to be interesting, with it further enhancing their understanding of where their food comes from and how it is produced.