The UNE SMART Farms provide an ideal place for educating students and the community about agricultural systems and cutting edge research across many disciplines.
Engaging with researchers, secondary and tertiary students, farmers, industry and the community the UNE SMART Farms are an ideal location for education at a range of levels. As a living landscape laboratory in a commercial farm setting there is the opportunity for education on agricultural systems and cutting edge research across a range of disciplines. The proximity to a variety of soil, vegetation and land use types also facilitates this. With dedicated programs for secondary students interested in precision agriculture and agtech and its applications in farming systems the SMART Farms provide a great starting point for agricultural education which is followed through into tertiary and higher degree studies. With large areas of undisturbed vegetation the Farms are ideal for hands-on experience in natural resource and environmental studies and the interaction of these with agricultural systems. With the facilities and resources available on the Farms, community education via workshops, short courses and training are also possible.