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The Clover Hill Dairies team is committed to reconnecting rural and urban communities and introducing young Australians to careers in agriculture.
Clover Hill Dairies is the foundation sponsor of Dairy Youth Australia who now deliver the Art4Agriculture programs.

In 2009 Clover Hill Dairies and Art4agriculture (previously Dairy Youth Australia) joined forces with LandLearn NSW to tell the story of modern dairying in Australia

The Jet and Emma series "Getting Down and Dirty on the Farm" is written by Clover Hill Dairies team member Emma Visser and friend Jhettaya Smith who started their careers as school based vocational education training apprentice dairy farmers together.

The series uses Clover Hill and its farming practices as the backdrop to reflect genuine (as opposed to the traditional educational hypotheticals) sustainable farming challenges and problem solving activities. The demographic is all students from Year 4 to 12 and university undergraduates studying primary industries related subjects

The series has attracted over 25,000 web hits in 2 years and provides in-depth insights into best management practices sustainable pasture based dairy farming in Australia in a language that appeals to both farmers and the wider community.

Emma and Jet are both city girls introduced to careers in the dairy industry through the "Cows Create Careers" program

The Jet and Emma series in order of popularity on the web

1. Circle of Life - from Calf to Cow

2. From farm to Factory - the journey of milk from the farm to the milk processor

3. Grow Grass Grow - the art of growing grass to feed cows

4. Milk It – what happens in the dairy during milking

5. Farming for a Changing Climate - how dairy farmers are adapting in a changing climate

6. Seeding Time - the preparation that goes into sowing the pastures and maintaining them

7. A Taste for Dairy - where it all began An overview of Cows Create Careers and Emma's prize winning Cows Create Careers presentation

More information
From Small things big things Grow – The story of the growth of dairying in the Illawarra

Emma's video on Cows Create Careers has now attracted more than 15,000 web hits and is featured here

Emma's winning entry for the 2011 Heywire Competition can be found here

Art4Agriculture is a network of young people who share a passion to tell others about the pivotal role Australian farmers play in feeding the world. Mostly we are young rural people who love working in agriculture, be it in the beef, sheep, dairy, cropping, wine or horticultural industries. With our ‘home-base’ in the Illawarra region of NSW, Art4Agriculture reaches into many different communities around the nation.

Art4Agriculture is committed to developing within the broader Australian population a deeper understanding of and greater respect for, the essential role played by Australian farmers in producing food and supporting the nation's economy, community and rural amenity.

To achieve this goal Art4Agriculture delivers events and activities which focus on youth, career opportunities, the environment, community and the arts – all linked with agriculture.

Our programs are tailored to both enhance the image of farmers and farming and encourage young people to consider agriculture related careers.

Our school programs are education and awareness focused and use creative arts and multimedia to engage urban and rural students in the challenges of feeding, clothing and housing the world with a declining natural resource base.

Our Competitions
For Schools

The Archibull Prize is an innovative and fun program which provides student participants with opportunities to meet young farmers and engage in genuine farm experiences, gain knowledge and skills about the production of the food they eat, fibres they use and the environment they live in.

The theme celebrates the role Australian farmers' play in feeding Australian families and many other families around the world. The average person doesn't consider the resources required to keep a city well fed let alone the world! We intend on telling this story.

The Archibull Prize is a free integrated program which will engage primary and secondary school students in agricultural and environmental awareness through art, design, creativity and teamwork by:

  • Providing a blank, life-sized fibreglass cow for students to create an artwork on or to use as the subject of an artwork which focuses on the following theme:-
    "What does it take to feed and clothe your community for a day sustainably?"
  • Giving each school their own primary (food or fibre) industry to explore and showcase e.g. Beef, Sheep, Dairy, Wool, Cotton, and Grains.
  • Pairing each school with a Young Farming Champion who will share their farming journey and work with the students throughout the duration of the project
  • Connecting farmers, natural resource managers, and industry and community experts involved in farming for the future (sustainable agriculture) projects, with students.
  • Supplying a resource kit with curricular connections.
  • Supplying Matisse paints
Find out more HERE

The Cream of the Crop Competition invites students in NSW secondary and tertiary education institutions to create a PowerPoint or a video which can be published on the web and win $500.
The PowerPoint component invites students to explain why it is important for everyone to be provided with opportunities to gain knowledge and skills about the production of the food they eat, the fibres they use and the environment they live in.
The Video component provides an exciting opportunity to explore agriculture related occupations in a creative and innovative way. Entrants are invited to create a video of up to three (3) minutes profiling an occupation that can lead to a career in agriculture.
The aim of the competition is show the diverse array of career pathways that can lead to a career in agribusiness

The winning entries are loaded on the web providing contemporary authentic, positive and popular stories about agriculture and the environment written by young people for young people. This initiative is vital as the innovation and technology used to help farmers manage their properties has moved much faster than educational resource development.
Find out more HERE

Our Programs
For Farmers

The Young Farming Champions Program is a new initiative that pairs students participating in our school programs with a young farmer.  The young farmers promote positive images and perceptions of farming, providing a pathway to get these messages across to our audiences.  The young farmers demonstrate passion for their industry while providing real life examples to young people who may have never considered a career in agriculture. Because they are young they can relate to students and are adept at breaking down stereotypes of farming and agricultural careers.
Find out more HERE

The Bridging the Rural Urban Divide program trains farmers to get out there and tell agriculture's story to current and future consumers. Farmer participants will be provided with the skills sets to  sharing their farming experiences  in diverse ways including social media  and bridge the so called rural- urban divide by building trust and understanding of modern farming practices.  This program aims to create an Australia wide network of enthusiastic farming professionals and build their capacity to promote Australian agriculture as a dynamic, innovative, rewarding and vibrant industry.  

For sustainable Farming

Our Confidence to Grow Initiative is supported by Caring for our Country funding and other supporting partners

This program harnesses the energy and leadership drive of youth to forge cross-community partnerships to improve economic, environmental and social sustainability. It focuses on increasing the adoption of sustainable farm management practices, including conserving and extending green corridors, while improving food security to meet the needs of a growing nation and world demand.
It fosters the confidence to grow.

Our programs are a true celebration of the people and the places behind the food we eat. They deliver strong rural sustainability messages - not just to the students involved, but also to the wider community. They showcase the positive things farmers are doing and empower them to share their stories. Our activities are genuine, contemporary, engaging, fun and full of hope for a sustainable future.

Find out more HERE