Farm visits on the go

DISCOVER: Port Pirie students can now go online to learn about where food comes from, thanks to Woolworths' Fresh Food Kids Discovery Tours. Photo: supplied.
DISCOVER: Port Pirie students can now go online to learn about where food comes from, thanks to Woolworths' Fresh Food Kids Discovery Tours. Photo: supplied.

A new-look education program run by Woolworths is set to provide more opportunities for Port Pirie students to learn where their fresh food comes from.

Years 5 and 6 primary school students across Port Pirie can now be the first to experience the Fresh Food Kids Discovery Tours.

With a top to bottom redesign of the program, Port Pirie students will now be able to use immersive AR and VR activities to take a virtual tour of a Woolworths store.

Designed in collaboration with educators, food scientists and nutritionists, the program also allows Port Pirie students the ability to virtually step onto an Australian farm to learn how fresh food is grown.

Woolworths Port Pirie Store Manager Tory Annese said the program was a great opportunity for local students.

"A big way we can do that is by educating younger Aussies about where food comes from, the food production process, Aussie suppliers and growers, and the need to support a sustainable future," he said.

"Our new Fresh Food Kids Discovery Tour achieves all this using technology to create a fun learning experience.

"Taking the Fresh Food Kids Discovery Tours online also enables teachers to bring the curriculum virtually to life.

"Port Pirie students can discover the importance of how their fresh food makes it into local stores, and helps them build a healthier relationship with fruits and vegetables."

South Australian tomato grower Naresh Singh said he was thrilled to be involved with the reimagined Fresh Food Kids Discovery Tour.

"Port Pirie students can virtually step onto our farms to learn about how fresh fruit and veggies grow," he said.

"Knowing Aussie kids can learn more about how tomatoes like ours end up in Woolworths stores nationwide is extremely rewarding."

Port Pirie schools interested in participating in the new digital program can request a free classroom kit.

To find out more about the program and how to request a classroom kit, visit www.woolworths.com.au/discoverytours.