Bingara's Living Classroom is pivotal to Bingara's own regeneration. While being situated at the heart of one of Australia's most productive agricultural and educational regions, Bingara exists on a knife-edge like so many other rural towns.
The Living Classroom is key to the four pillars of Bingara's future economic prosperity ~ agribusiness, education, tourism and conferencing.
Aerial photo of The Living Classroom, May 2013. Click to enlarge.
The Living Classroom will create a visually beautiful and natural wonderland which showcases and demonstrates the future and wonder of food ~ from the soil up to paddock, to our plates and then back again. It aims to provide inspiration and know-how for the next generation of farmers and the regeneration of rural communities.
To fulfil this purpose 150 hectares of degraded town Common are to be fully regenerated into a highly productive forest of food by combining a wide range of complementary agricultural activities with horticulture, aquaculture and forestry. The synergy between these activities is key to nutrition, productivity, profitability, health and the natural environment.
This work is an exercise in broad collaboration and integration, being designed and created by the collective efforts of the many participants of the modern food system as well as harnessing the best knowledge from traditional through to scientific and other contemporary farming methods.