Lilydale District School has seen an increase in young people enrolling in its agriculture program and will be able to build on that figure thanks to new funding.
The school is one of 15 schools to have benefitted from the state government's investment in school farms.
Education Minister Jeremy Rockliff visited the school on Thursday to welcome Lilydale's new food and fibre teacher Tania Walsh to the school.
"Lilydale is a good example of having an agricultural vocational education program for 20 years," he said.
The state government has invested $16 million into expanding school farms, with about $7 million being funnelled towards 10 new full-time equivalent agriculture teachers.
Mrs Walsh works as a 0.5 FTE as Lilydale's new food and fibre teacher.
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Lilydale District School principal Colin Pearson said the school had provided agriculture education since its inception but had done so on its own bat and budget until now.
"Having a 0.5 full-time equivalent teacher who is in charge of food and fibre education gives us surety to provide those programs and provide continuity for those students," he said.
Lilydale offers agricultural education compulsory to children enrolled in grades 3 to 6 but that part of the curriculum is optional for secondary students.
Mr Pearson said the school had seen an increase in the number of secondary students choosing to take on the agriculture units.
In addition to the investment in teachers, the school has also benefited from school infrastructure upgrades.
Last year, the school officially opened the Rocky Noonan building, a new classroom named after a beloved former teacher.
Mr Rockliff said he was excited to see "a revitalisation" of school farms, with 15 schools, including six in the north, receiving funding.
Northern farm schools to benefit from the extra resource include Lilydale District School, Cressy District School, Exeter High School, Hagley Farm School, Scottsdale District School and Winnaleah District School.
"Tasmania’s school farms are being revitalised to provide the next generation of agricultural leaders with the skills they need to succeed and build Tasmania’s reputation as an agricultural powerhouse," Mr Rockliff said.
A total of $16 million has been allocated for additional teachers and infrastructure upgrades for farm schools.
In addition, the state government has also invested to establish Hagley Farm School as a centre for agricultural excellence for Northern Tasmania.
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