For the Juniors - Farm to Table

How many children believe that food comes from the supermarket? This series of six programs looks at what happens to certain foods before they reach the supermarket shelves. How do the crops grow? What does the farmer do? What happens after harvesting? How are they processed and, finally, how do we eat them? Comparisons are made between the needs of the crop with our needs as humans for nutrition. Why are these foods good for us? Each program features a cartoon animal that prompts children to question or ponder the issues raised.

Volume 1

1. Fish
How do fish get from the sea to our table? Watch a commercial fishing vessel at work and visit the fish markets. Follow particular fish species from the markets to the shops and finally to the table. Discover the different ways to eat fish in our multicultural society. What's a tuna farm? How is tuna canned? A father and son go fishing and return home later with a surprise. This program also features a cartoon pelican that likes going fishing too.
2. Apples
In a school playground, children eat and talk about apples and various apple products. Why do apple trees grow apples? It all starts with the honey bee. Two children living on an apple orchard - along with their dog - demonstrate what's involved in growing apple trees. What do they need in order to grow? How are they harvested? Follow the apples to the markets. Learn how fresh apples are processed into apple juice and apple cider vinegar. This program features a friendly cartoon fruit bat.
3. Honey
Why doesn't all honey look and taste the same? Where does honey come from? Why do bees make honey? The program looks at how bees live in communities in which every bee has a very special job to do. The queen is in charge and other bees make sure she is well looked after and that her eggs and her young bees are also well cared for. Some of the worker bees go out to collect nectar from flowers and when they return other worker bees turn it into honey and store it in the honey comb. This is food for the colony when there are no flowers around. Bee keepers - apiarists - collect this stored honey, separate it from the honey comb and sell it. The program also looks at how apiarists farm their bees.

Volume 2

1. Bread
Where does bread come from? This is the question asked while children eat their sandwiches in the school playground. A cartoon galah flies to the wheat fields to introduce the wheat crop. Watch the crop being planted and looked after by the farmer until it is finally harvested. Visit the flour mill and learn why wheat is milled into flour. How do you make bread? This program explores the processes from the factory production line to the small scale local bakery to a mother and daughter making bread at home. What sorts of bread do we eat in our multicultural society? The children in the school playground talk about their favourite breads.
1. Rice
A rice farmer and his children show how they grow rice: from land preparation, irrigation, sowing seeds, to harvesting the crop. Why is rice milled? What's the difference between brown and white rice? While a father and son are shopping at the supermarket we show various rice products and how we eat them in our multicultural society. Children also talk about their favourite rice dish. This program features a cartoon frog that lives in the rice field.
3. Milk
This program shows how milk gets from the cow to the table. To produce milk cows need lush green grass and a calf, as they produce milk as food for their calves. While the calves are drinking their mother's milk the cow continues to produce milk. Dairy farmers take the calves away but milk the cows so the cows bodies thinks they are still feeding their calves, but they are really producing milk for the farmer to sell. The program shows how the farmer milks his cows and how it is then pasteurised and homogenised before being put into containers ready for sale.

This program is released for non theatrical use within educational, government and business organisations. Additional payments under a Screenrights licence are not required. Please contact us for Exhibition or Streaming Licences.

Production Year: 
2001
Duration: 
6 x 15 mins
Series Episode
Standard $275
Schools $187
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