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Work Education students explore 'Black Barn Farm' as part of their focus on local business and retail

Friday, 13 May 2022

It's not every day you get to milk a goat named Sunday! As part of their focus on local business and retail, students completing the Certificate I in Work Education had the opportunity to participate in a workshop with Jade and Charlie at 'Black Barn Farm' in Stanley. Students and teachers alike were delighted to meet the local goat, dog, geese, and chickens. The misty rainy weather only added to the experience! 

The session began with a question and answer session in the famous and recently completed black barn. Students asked a range of questions about sales, retail, and living sustainably. Students then had the chance to milk Sunday the goat and to ask questions about cheese production.  

This was followed by a tour of the farm where students filled up on raspberries, fed the chickens and geese, and looked at the kitchen garden design. Finally, students planted seedlings that they have taken home with them including garlic, spring onion, artichoke and Alexander parsley.  

Black Barn Farm, operated by the Showers family, is promoted as an intentionally slow orcharding and nursery business - entrenched in its community, regenerative in its practices, diverse in its fruit varieties, and committed to bringing celebration and awe back to food literacy. The family believes this is the first step in building a localised fair food system. Find out more via 

The Certificate I in Work Education is just one course offered within Wodonga TAFE's Access Education programs that support post compulsory school age learners with permanent cognitive impairment or intellectual disability. The Access Education programs are designed to provide: 

  • an introduction to vocational training opportunities 

  • opportunities to develop work readiness skills 

  • essential life skills including social and communication skills.  

Click here to find out more about our Access Education programs




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