A Curriculum Resource for Schools
More and more farmers and andholders are getting into farm forestry.
This resource is about productive tree growing on farms and provides a new way that students can explore the changes that are occurring in forestry and rural land management.
There is increased pressure to manage forests for values other than timber production and at the same time rural landscapes desperately need revegetation.
Farm forestry has the potential to produce timber resources whilst going some way to controling salinity, erosion, stream water quality, improving biodiversity and reducing greenhouse gases. By putting the trees in the right spots it also has the potential to improve agricultural production by providing shelter and shade to stock and crops. Farm forestry benefits communities because it has the potential to boost rural economies.
What is It?
"Farm Forestry - trees at work" is:
- a curriculum resource for schools
- aimed at Levels 5 & 6 (Years 7 to 10 SOSE [Studies of Society and Environment])
- linked to CSF (Curriculum Standards Framework II)and VELS (Victorian Essential Learning Standards) and contains materials that are adaptable to VCE (Victorian Certificate of Education) and VCAL (Victorian Certificate of Applied Learning).
The curriculum includes:
- Classroom activities
- Visits to virtual farm forests sites
- Suggested contacts, field sites and activities
- A 'loan kit' containing resources
The curriculum brochure is split up into one introduction and six sections:
- Introduction - How to use this resource, curriculum links, how to obtain loan kit for additional resources
- Section 1 A Finding out about trees and how they affect me
- Section 1 B Finding out about trees and how they affect me
- Section 2 Where does the timber I use come from?
- Section 3 What is farm forestry?
- Section 4 How can farm forests help sustainable management?
- Section 5 Making it real investigation farm forestry sites
- Section 6 What role does farm forestry have in our future?
A CD of this resource is available by calling the Customer Service Centre on 136 186.