Tours

The team at Boundary Fence offer a unique resource for Food Studies Educators to compliment primary food production subjects and curriculums.

 

What the tours offer:

  • Two hour farm visit
  • Crop inspection to learn how grain is grown under a sustainable, regenerative system
  • View farm technology and its application for sustainable agriculture
  • Learn how native bulloke trees and grasses are protected to enhance greater biodiversity across the property
  • View a free-range piggery and learn about crucial aspects of biosecurity
  • View a grain facility and understand the strict quarantine requirements for export
  • Discuss the trade-offs between different food production systems
  • Light refreshments, including the farm’s stone-milled sourdough bread

Please call Kate on 0422 945 793 for cost details. Price per head varies depending on group size.

Kate Sharkey

Tour Facilitator

Kate has worked in the agricultural service sector both in Australia and the United Kingdom and for many years worked in rural education managing a national scholarship program to support students from around Australia.

Kate is passionate about education and awareness of primary food production, especially to urban based educators and students of food based curriculums.

Kate studied Agribusiness at Marcus Oldham and is a co-founder of a regional food producer networking group.

In 2018 Kate started Boundary Fence tours with a mission to help fill the “knowledge gap” for urban based food educators seeking to understand how sustainable food production works on a practical level .

Chris Sharkey

Grain Producer

Chris is the 4th generation of the Sharkey family to manage the family owned farm business.

Post tertiary studies in agricultural management Chris has devoted much of his life to the pursuit of sustainable and regenerative land management in a low rainfall zone. Chris specializes in grain, oilseed and legume production and takes a holistic approach to the business.

Chris is involved in grain research and leads a locally based grain producer group who in conjunction with universities and government agencies conduct large scale trials looking at best practice in sustainable farming.

What spare time Chris does have he enjoys developing the craft of stone milling his own flour.

Each farm tour is tailored to suit the group with a number of guest speakers joining the tour to share their expertise and bring a balanced view to primary food production, one of Australia’s most important industries.

Get a taste for farming

Light refreshments include a taste of our stone milled sourdough bread.

“This was a real life learning opportunity that taught us first-hand about primary production and sustainable practices. Students were amazed to see how their food journeys from paddock to plate”

Year 12 Food Technology, Emmanuel College, Point Cook. 

 

“Students been able to make those connections with what they covered in class and then see first-hand and hear from the farmers was so valuable to the students learning”

Year 12 Food Technology, Bacchus Marsh Grammar, Bacchus Marsh. 

 

Customised tours can also be arranged for:

  • Teacher Professional Development
  • Chefs and other food industry related groups
  • Special interest groups

Tours not suitable for children under 15. 

For further information please contact:

Tour Facilitator Kate Sharkey

 

Putting theory into practice

Call us to find out more

Phone 0422 945 793
We operate a working farm, so at times we may not be able to take your call.
Please feel free to email us

 

Boundary Fence Educational Farm Tours