This weekend Art4agriculture hosted the 2012 Young Farming Champions for Workshop 2 in Brisbane.
We chose Brisbane as the venue to coincide with the Ekka. All the moons were aligned including our superstar videographer Tay Plain being in the country and able to join us for the full three days.
Tay and Ann set up at the Ekka
It started with breakfast at Southbank…….
We did the smart thing and picked the restaurant with most patrons ( well done Kirsty) and we weren’t disappointed with what Denim dished up for us. Those large lattes in the soup bowls were to die for.
As we had Tay our videographer whizz and and our producer, script writer extraordinaire Ann Burbrook both with us at the same time we were determined to share as much of the Ekka agriculture story as we could.
Tom and Jess at the Dairy Youth Challenge
Using our 2012 Young Farming Champions as both “talent, producers and interviewers” we spent the day learning from each other, other exhibitors and the punters.
Sammi gets up close and personal with the Woolley Jumpers
Lauren, Hayden, Ann and Tay set up the sheep shearing story
Madie spruiked the Archibull Prize
Kathleen and Lauren talked all things fleece
Kylie discovered that bottled water was liquid gold at the Ekka
We tasted the prime beef which we washed down with Ekka cocktails
Jess made new friends
and we all discovered much to our delight that the general public where not the least bit concerned about dining in the paddock to plate experience
We visited Heidi at the Ekka Target 100 display which featured QLD primary schools painting Archies at the show
Ann found the perfect house cow
Steph inspired Next Gen F at the Junior District Exhibits
We even met the famous @auscottongirl Bess Gairns with her new pride and joy
Megan talked a lot of bull
and the bulls did a little dance
This was a very interesting concept. No lambs were born whilst we were there so we didn’t get to gauge audience reaction!!!
It was a great day but sadly every now and then, thankfully in the very small minority there was an industry naysayer determined to ruin the day. There was the whinging beef stud breeder who just couldn’t understand why his animals had to share the showground with non stud breeders. Yes that’s right the general public. Yes you heard right. The most important people in the food supply chain. Yes he was lucky enough to have that once a year opportunity to talk to and share his story with the people who buy what he produces and he them found quite irritating.
Then there was the guy in the dairy shed I just wanted to hit over the head when I found out later he told the YFC’s they were wasting their time talking to non farmer audiences.
But nothing dampened the spirit of the YFC’s. Today they are back on farm or at uni organising school visits and media interviews doing whatever it takes to continue the journey and spread the great story of agriculture across all the bridges.