Farm school a delight for kids
CHILDREN have been trying their hands as farmers, spending time feeding cows, sheep and poultry as part of a new holiday program.
The innovative farm school hosted by the RSPCA at Currumbin Community Farm creates a day jam-packed with lots of fun and a little hard work.
Students spent time in the classes learning about the needs of different animals and farm safety before getting their hands dirty; feeding the resident animals, exploring local habitats and building pig enrichments.
Farm education officer Laura Scopel, known to the children as farmer Laura, has already run three sessions during school holidays this year and says said the school was a great way to get kids out of the house.
"We have been running the farm school for three school holidays and it is a good way to get the kids outdoors as well as teach them out about animal welfare and how to care for animals."
The half day adventure gives children the chance to get up close with the farm animals as well as mingle with scaly critters under the watchful eye of farmer Laura.
"Sometimes the kids will be scared of the chickens and the reptiles but by the end of the day they are all in there feeding and playing with the animals."
The RSPCA decided to use the farm to educate children and take care of animals after they realised it was not being used.
"The farm was just sitting here not being used so we decided we should make use of it. It needed a little doing up so Aussie Lawns donated all the turf for our chicken pens.
Nine-year-old Abbey Breitfuss came down from Brisbane for the day and was excited about feeding the animals.
"My favourite part was feeding the goats and the sheep, the pigs were funny."
"I also liked cleaning the pens; we didn't get dirty so it was good."
After lunch the children were able to make a pig enrichment which is needed to entertain the pigs as they are such intelligent animals.
By the end of the day the rookie farmers had learnt about the needs of farm animals, reptiles and amphibians and had many stories to share with their parents.
Farm school will continue to run from 10am to 2pm tomorrow and Thursday.
The day costs $20 per child with all proceeds going to the RSPCA to keep the farm running.