URBAN AGRICULTURE & LANDSCAPE
Land programs focus on natural processes and how humans, animals and the land interact with each other and including the exploration of sustainable agriculture.
Duration of activities: ~ 50 minutes
Available for: Year 7 to 10
You can mix and match activities from two different programs.
- Explore the issues of land clearing, salinity and the history of food production methods
- Discover the three classifications of soils using differences in colour, particle size and texture
- Test soil pH and decide which soils are suitable for growing vegetables
- Learn about environmental factors that influence crop yields, such as soil health and soil deficiencies
- Identify the interconnections between food production, land degradation and human activities
- Visit our stream tables and learn about the connection between slope, vegetation and erosion
- Analyse how managing soil for food production can be more sustainable
- Identify the landscape characteristics, human impacts and alterations, and how they connect to the broader environment (biomes, vegetation, soils, water)
- Visit the CERES Organic farm and discover how it integrates market gardens, orchards, propagation, organic waste recycling, aquaponic ponds and irrigation, stables and animal paddocks into a sustainable agricultural system
- Participate in hands-on activities focusing on water use, soil quality, effective composting and worm tea, natural pest control, plant selection and free-range chickens
- Consider human relationships and interactions with the environment past and present through observing the differences between ecological, organic and conventional gardening/farming practices
- Analyse how food and fibre are produced, and their impacts when creating managed environments and how these can become more sustainable
This activity can be booked as a 50min or a 1hr 40min session.
- Get your hands dirty working in the gardens at CERES and learn skills you can bring back to improve school gardens and biodiversity!
- Participate in seasonal activities, such as planting, composting, seed collecting, propagation, harvesting, fertilising, weeding and weed identification, watering, mulching, garden design, artistic pursuits (e.g. painting signs), and more!
- Explore the flora and fauna around CERES and the Merri Creek
- Receive an introduction to identifying plant and bird species, both indigenous and introduced, found in the Melbourne area
- Gain insights into the characteristics and behaviour of local birds
- Learn about the uses of local plants for food, drink, and medicine
- Explore the issues affecting Urban Biodiversity, and learn ways to help protect and restore biodiversity in urban areas
- Take a tour of CERES and the Merri Creek
- Learn how to identify various indigenous plant species, and about their uses for food, drink, medicine, tools and building materials
- Learn about the local seasons and how to identify them through ecological signals
- Discuss indigenous origins of common food plants
Foundation to Grade 2
Foundation to Grade 2
Grade 3 to 6
Grades 3 to 6
Year 7 to Year 10