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Yr 7 Seed, Grow and Show


On Wednesday 1 April, Home Hill State High School's year 7 cohort were jumping out of their skins in anticipation of their very first high school excursion.

In a first for Burdekin schools, the year 7s trip to the Ayr Research Facility was the initial stage of the much anticipated Seed Grow and Show program sponsored by the Rabobank and supported by the Department of Agriculture and Fisheries and Bowen Gumlu Growers Association.

Students were divided up into three groups who rotated through three practical learning exercises. Students learnt about how scientists and farmers are working together to improve soil health and minimize runoff, all aimed at increasing productivity while protecting the environment.

The second rotation allowed students to test the water content and pH of soil samples in the Laboratory while the third option of crop planting was by far the most anticipated.  The students were very keen to plant the watermelon seedlings which they will be monitoring via fortnightly updates from the Ayr Research Facility staff. The facility’s staff will also plant corn for the program so that in term 2, the year 7s will return to harvest their produce and enter some in the Burdekin show and fundraise with the remainder.

This is how year 7 student Kody Wall reflected on the day. “I thought that it was excellent! We learnt that the Great Barrier Reef can be damaged by what we do on the land so it is important to use science to make sure we don’t let chemicals and poisons go onto the reef. We also learnt that how watermelon seedlings grow and why the plastic helps them and the scientific name for plants that start off with two leaves and how they are different to those that only start with one. All in all I think everyone enjoyed themselves and that they can’t wait to go back.”