Farmer's donation to inspire South Burnett kids
SOUTH Burnett's youngest residents will have the chance to discover what life on the land is all about from the comfort of their classroom thanks to a generous donation from a farmer.
Lachy Brown from Pakerderinga Feedlock loves reading The Grower series of books by Alice Mabin with his kids and wants others to be inspired by life on the land.
"There are a lot of kids out there that don't have a cousin that lives on a farm or direct contact in the industry and it is a simple way they can learn by picking up a book,” he said.
When he heard Western Australian John Nicoletti farmer had bought The Heartland of Australia and The Roots of Australia to donate to 2000 schools across the country Mr Brown put forward the money to covered the cost of $15 each for freight for the books to be delivered to 27 schools across the South Burnett.
The books tell the story of when Ms Mabin went out on the road with a camera to tell the story of people in the agriculture industry and the hard work they do.
Mr Brown said that while the books may be too wordy for kids he hoped the photos would provide inspiration and open their eyes to what is possible.
"They are not a toy for the kids but they are a great tool for them to flick through for five minutes or an hour and it might spark some interest in a kid to say when I grow up I want to work on a farm.
Mr Brown's kids have grown up on a farm and he said the experience means they have done and seen things that other kids may not have.
He hopes the books create a conversation between kids and also their teachers.
"There may be plenty of teachers and kids that will say 'I didn't know that is how wheat is harvested' or ' I didn't know why they sheer sheep,'” he said.
When the freight for all 2000 sets of books is covered the books will be distributed but Mr Brown is yet to know when that will be.