EIGHT James Fallon High School students expect to get their hands dirty during a week-long farm exchange program from today.
The Year 10 students will live and work with North East dairy farming families learning as much as they can about the industry.
“Anything to educate society about the dairy industry and what dairy farming is about is good,” said Pat Glass, who runs a 550-head dairy at Gundowring with his wife Kerrie, and will host Laurence Hake and Declan Campion.
“This is the first time we've done this so we're going in with a broad, open mind and expect many questions and expect them to get involved and get their hands dirty.
"We want them to experience it, smell it, taste it."
The students said they were looking forward to the “early starts” and experiencing farm life.
We want them to experience it, smell it, taste it.Pat Glass, Gundowring dairyfarmer
The Farm Experience program was developed by Rabobank to help give city-based teenagers the opportunity to spend a week on-farm, learning about life on the land and food production.
“All the farmers here are considered leaders and the students are going to get a good experience,” Rabobank Albury branch manager Peter Evans said.