GrainGrowers CEO David McKeon announced the winners of the Spirit of Grains children’s art competition which ran this year in conjunction with GrainGrowers’ 60th Anniversary.
The competition encouraged children on Australian grain farms to tell their family’s grain farming story, blending details of the past and the present. Five to eight year olds were asked to submit a drawing, nine to 14 year olds, an essay illustrated with photographs, and 15 to 18 year olds, a video.
The finalists were showcased for guests at GrainGrowers’ black-tie dinner in Dubbo last week.
CEO David McKeon said it was great to receive so many entries from children on grain farms across Australia.
“In our 60th Anniversary year, it was a pleasure to see children celebrating their family’s grains history and using their talents to show us how much the farming methods of the past contrast with modern farming practices we see today,” said Mr McKeon.
“GrainGrowers is proud to serve grain farmers throughout Australia and to work to build a profitable and sustainable future for them.
“We hope the children of grain farmers will grow up to go on to work either on their family farms or in one of the wide variety of rewarding occupations available to them in the grains industry. There is an excellent future for them in grains,” Mr McKeon said.
Five to eight year olds
Winner: Hudson Smith, 8, Lockhart, NSW. (See image above.)
The Smith’s family farm in Lockhart is named ‘Moonlyong’ and is approximately 700 ha. It has been in the Hudson family for five generations, growing wheat, barley, canola and vetch.
The drought this year has hit the Hudson family hard, but while tough decisions have had to be made, Hudson’s Dad, Dave, has kept a positive outlook for the future. Hudson enjoys spending time on the farm and ‘helping’ with tractor work.
Nine to 14 year olds
Entry: Essay and photographs
Winner: Zoe Proude, 14, Charlton Gully, SA
Zoe’s family has been farming for six generations on the family farm, ‘Moni – Carbi’, on the lower Eyre Peninsula Zoe has developed a passion for science (including agricultural science), technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM), and would like to see the State allow the use of genetically modified crops.
15-18 year olds
Winner: Stirling Taylor, 17, Grenfell, NSW.
Stirling’s family has been farming in the Tyagong Valley for more than 60 years, and in the surrounding areas for nearly 100 years. The Taylor family runs a mixed farm operation producing lucerne, canola and wheat and sheep.
All the finalists from the Spirit of Grains Competition can be viewed on the GrainGrowers website.