Fostering farming

Local teacher a state finalist for innovative program on agricultural careers

SILENCING THE LAMBS: Chantelle Roylance and Ruby Lang work with Julie Aldous in the Agribusiness program at Mansfield Secondary College

MANSFIELD Secondary College teacher, Julie Aldous, is a finalist for the Victorian Rural Industries Research and Development Corporation Rural Women’s Award.

She is one of four Victorian women nominated by the Minister for Agriculture and Food Security Peter Walsh.

With her background in farming, Ms Aldous has developed innovative partnerships, connecting secondary students and mentors in the rural industry, fostering skills in agriculture.

She has been awarded a Victorian Education Excellence Award and a NAB Impact Award, and has supported the development of food and fibre programs in schools across Australia.

The program has won favor with schools and governments that see the merit of an agricultural course that can proceed to a defined outcome, without recourse to land, stock or dollars.

“What I’ve been showing schools is there are models for the course by forming partnerships with the local community and with TAFE,” she said.

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