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Published: 9 Dec 2021

Ashtyn Willey

Pictured: Ashtyn Willey, from the Tasman Peninsula

Attendees at the 2021 Feed Your Mind, Feed the World camp received a behind-the-scenes taster of the diverse and exciting career opportunities in agriculture.

The annual camp is an initiative of the Tasmanian Institute of Agriculture (TIA) to inspire future generations of agriculture leaders. The experience is free to attend and open to year 11 and 12 students.

It was attended by 12 students from Sheffield to the Tasman Peninsula, and was held in North-West Tasmania from December 6-8. The group visited some of Tasmania's leading agricultural businesses, including a cider producer,  vegetable processor,  free range piggery and glasshouse capsicum producer.

Campbell Hills, a year-11 student from Hobart, plans to study agriculture science so that he can learn new ideas to bring back to his family farm.

“I have grown up on my family’s merino farm and want to take over one day. I’m interested in studying agriculture because I love life on the farm and there are lots of things to learn and take back to the farm. You can always benefit from learning from others,” he said.

For Amelie Cox, a Year-11 student from Bellerive, the camp was an opportunity to broaden her knowledge of agriculture and the possible career pathways.

“I am fascinated with plants and enjoy growing a variety of things at home in our veggie patch. I have always been interested in science and math, and agricultural science is something that brings all of this together,” she said.

Another attendee, Ashtyn Willey from the Tasman Peninsula, is looking forward to studying agriculture science at the University of Tasmania in 2022 to pursue her interest in agronomy, sustainable agriculture and regenerative farming.

“My interest in agriculture sparked from when I was younger and I realised how big the industry is and all the options for jobs. Tasmania is one of the best places to work as it has such a wide variety of industries that you can go into. I like that studying agricultural science gives you a taste of lots of topics to help you to find out what you enjoy the most,” she said.

Find out more or express interest in attending future camps at utas.edu.au/tia/study/feed-your-mind-feed-the-world