PINJARRA Senior High School students are reaping the benefits of learning about life on the land with organic recycling company C-Wise.
Each Thursday, about 10 students head to C-Wise’s Wandalup Farm to drive tractors, shear sheep and learn about soil rehabilitation.
The students are part of the Flexible Learning Education and Engagement Centre, an agriculture program enabling students to graduate with a Certificate II in Rural Operations.
C-Wise director Andy Gulliver said they established the program 20 years ago to help children learn the core skills of agriculture.
“It’s been a long-term project that encourages students to get hands-on in a range of environmental and farming activities,” he said.
“The program complements our company’s objective to find truly sustainable solutions to feeding the world’s population.”
Teacher Darryl Spargo said students completed both horticultural and agricultural units.
“Our classes look after around 200ha of farmland, which is half the farm, including 50 head of cattle and 100 head of sheep,” he said.
The program is a collaboration between Pinjarra SHS, Tafe and C-Wise.