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Sustainability Along the Supply Chain

Activity One: Farmer Profile.

Click on the button below to read Farmer Catherine’s profile.

Activity Two: VIC Farmer Time.

Watch the VIC Farmer Time Session to learn about the journey vegetables make from paddock to plate and some of the physical factors that impact vegetable production.

VIC Farmer Time: Vegetable Production With Farmer Catherine

Activity Three: Create a Paddock to Plate Flowchart.

Use the stimulus pictures provided to create a flowchart of the journey vegetables take from paddock to plate. Include a short description of each stage of the supply chain.


You may wish to use the template provided or use an online platform such as Canva to create your flowchart.


Check out the example of a flowchart showing the process of wool processing by clicking on the button below.


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Activity Four: Concept Cartoon.

Use your creativity and problem solving skills as you follow the video instructions to complete the concept cartoon task, considering possible solutions to sustainability concerns along the paddock to plate supply chain.

Activity Five: Addressing Changes in the Physical Environment.

Watch the video instructions to learn about some of the environmental challenges faced by farmers, and some of the amazing problem solving solutions that scientists and farmers have created to address these problems.


Download the Design Template to design a plant, animal, technology or structure that can withstand changes in the physical environment and continue the production of food and/or fibre in the face of extreme weather events such as hail, drought, or flooding.


Click on the stimulus pictures provided for some ideas about how farmers and scientists are already addressing these issues in agriculture today.

Activity Six: Advertising for Sustainability.


Did you know many of the fruit and vegetables grown by farmers never make it to our fridges?


Due to specifications from supermarkets about the size, shape and appearance of food, any of the fruit or veg that looks a bit unusual gets sent to landfill or sewn back into the soil without being harvested.


A number of organisations are working hard to reduce the amount of fruit and vegetables that are wasted due to their appearance, by encouraging consumers to purchase ‘ugly’ fruit and vegetables, which may not meet the specifications of supermarkets but are still perfectly good to eat.


Can you design an advertisement persuading people to buy misshapen or odd looking produce?


Check out the video advertisement for some inspiration.


Download the template to create your design.

Source: Woolworths, 2021 (2.23), YouTube