Education and outreach are central themes of Farm Urban. We are partnering with schools around the city to introduce them to the concept of urban farming. Working with school children to build and install their own food producing systems, we can reconnect children with their food; from the design and construction of the system through to the harvest and preparation of the food. This practical approach to education will allow us to teach a broad range subjects that are embedded within urban farming, including biology, chemistry, physics, mathematics, design technology, environmental studies, cookery and research skills.
We believe the urban farmer is a high-tech job of the future, which can provide a suite of transferable skills; from working with renewable energy sources, plumbing and pump technology, fish and animal husbandry, design and construction, and research skills. We aim to train and nurture a highly-skilled workforce of urban farmers, enabling them to sustainably feed our growing cities through the 21st century and beyond.
We have been busy developing FUEd: Farm Urban In Education, and will be running summer schools starting in July.