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“We need to get back to the training and education outside of the classroom.” Scott McDonald, Food Ladder Horticulture and Training Manager

The educational greenhouse programs developing the next generation of horticulture workers

An Australian not for profit organisation has established learning programs, not only aimed at increasing the consumption of fruit and vegetables among children but also providing a pathway for students to take up jobs in horticulture.

Food Ladder notes that around just six per cent of Australian kids are eating the required amount of fresh fruit and vegetables every day, and there is a need to better link the production of food to education and outcomes. Horticulture and Training Manager Scott McDonald explains the organisation has been using hydroponic technology and climate-controlled greenhouses with small scale food growing systems and specialised education resources, so students and communities in regional areas can grow their own produce.

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