Year 11 Food Technology “Paddock to Plate” in Orange

As city dwellers, we rarely make connections between the food we eat and its origins. This week, Year 11 Food Technology set out on a 2 day Paddock to Plate style regional tour to finish our year on a high note and cement some learning concepts on the Australian Food Industry and Food Manufacture.

We began our adventure to Orange, NSW on a sugar high with a stop at ‘The Lollybug’ in Hartley to view and purchase some treats for sustenance, then travelled on to ‘The Beekeepers Inn’, outside of Bathurst, to learn about the importance of bees to our existence, honey production and packaging for distribution, as well as enjoying a delicious lunch!

Next stop was ‘Orange Regional Gallery’ for their Paddock to Plate exhibition to reinforce our learning on how food production and consumption has changed significantly over the past 100 years. After a quick rest and freshen up at our accommodation we were treated to a delicious Korean fusion dinner at ‘Mr Lim’s’, Orange. The students were quite adventurous in trying a great variety of foods from steamed pork dumpling and silken tofu to Korean Fried Chicken (KFC) and duck breast pancakes. Mr Lim takes pride in sourcing his food locally with a ‘food miles’ mentality.

Day 2 found us in the heart of Orange wine and fruit country, with a visit to ‘Ross Hill Wines’ to learn about grapes and wine fermentation, and cherry picking and processing. It was interesting to speak with local vineyard owners about their carbon neutral wines and the various value adding parts of their businesses. After a quick stop at ‘The Agrestic Grocer’ to purchase some local organic fruit and our picnic lunch, we travelled up Mt Canobolas to ‘Borrodel’ vineyard to enjoy the view and learn some more about the rich volcanic soil that supports the growth of some premium fruit. Borry also grows over 300 varieties of heirloom apples and enlightened us all about the negative effects of climate change on the Australian agricultural industry.

We finished our adventure with a picnic lunch at Lake Canobolas before embarking on our trip home to Sydney.

I would like to thank Mr David Short for accompanying us and being our trusty and capable bus driver. Also, many thanks to Mrs Kellie McKenzie-Hicks and Mr Paul Elliot for covering our lessons back at school so that this learning experience could go ahead. The students were amazingly well behaved, respectful of others and certainly made my job easy! The power of seeing and doing in education at KHS is alive and well…

One very proud teacher!

Mrs Kim Adelerhof