Students learn about farming crickets

Learning: Tailem Bend Primary students Shae, Leo, Blake and Danica took part in the Murraylands and Riverland Landscape Board Young Environmental Leaders program. Photo - supplied.
Learning: Tailem Bend Primary students Shae, Leo, Blake and Danica took part in the Murraylands and Riverland Landscape Board Young Environmental Leaders program. Photo - supplied.

Learning about the environment and sustainability has taken a slightly different path for some students as they use tools such as online resources to take part in this year's Young Environmental Leaders program.

The YEL program, devised by the Murraylands and Riverland Landscape Board's education officers, is used in schools throughout the region.

Education officer Cindy Kakoschke said the new look program included videos and hands-on activities which students could complete either in the classroom or at home.

"Some schools chose to set aside a YEL day and complete all the activities at once, and some completed different parts over a couple of days," Mrs Kakoschke said.

"In term two, the Young Environmental Leaders theme was sustainable farming, with a focus on diversifying food production.

"We partnered with Loxton farming family the Schuberts, who have been varying what they grow and produce to include crickets."

Students from schools such as Tailem Bend Primary were able to learn about 'farming' crickets through video content.

The video content included information on sustainable farming and the environment and the benefits of farming crickets, as well as downloadable resources and activities which complemented the students' learning.

Ms Kakoschke said the Murraylands and Riverland Sustainable Agriculture team also helped to devise and develop some of the activities.

Videos created for the forum are available to watch on the Murraylands and Riverland Landscape Board Youtube channel or by emailing cindy.kakoschke@sa.gov.au

Content for the next YEL program will be focussed around the theme of biodiversity with turtles as the main topic.