Nurturing future farmers
THE Mullumbimby Farmers Market hopes some of the next generation of local farmers may already be studying for a career in agriculture.
The market has donated $1000 for the Mullumbimby High School agricultural science faculty to develop the school's agricultural plot.
The school's P&C will administer the grant.
P&C president Noel L'Orange said Mullum High was one of the few high schools in the region which still maintained an ag plot, and the farmers market grant would enable the school to undertake much-needed improvements.
Under the guidance of ag science teacher Ed Buckingham, the school has designed and costed works to create a layout of new raised garden beds to grow local produce and build a range of pens to raise heritage poultry donated to the school by local farmers.
First crops to be grown in the new beds will be cut flowers, which will be sold at the market by the students.
Market manager Judy MacDonald said the market would donate the stall space to the school.
Ms MacDonald is delighted with the scheme because cut flowers are presently not sold at the markets.
Future plans include local farmers associated with the markets offering agricultural students at the school work experience on local farms.