A great way for kids to discover healthy eating
Rayners’ Orchard offer fun, educational days out for school children.
Most Kids don’t eat enough fruit and some kids don’t even like fruit. We help encourage kids to enjoy fruit by feeding them some of the best fruit they will ever experience!
Time and time again children visit our farm saying they don’t like fruit. We find if they are willing to try our fruit, they nearly always go home with a new found love of fruit.
Educational and Fun Programmes - $7 per person
• For all school aged groups from 5yrs & upwards.
• Fruit Bottling Workshops running daily from our custom made Bottling Kitchen. Kids go home with some freshly bottled fruit, prepared & cooked by the kids!
Day On the Farm Program
• Bottling Fruit
• Tour of our Packing Shed & Cool Rooms
• Fruit Tasting walk around the farm (tasting several varieties of fruit)
• Discussions on Farming (as required by the teacher)
• Tractor ride around the orchard
• Plenty of bus and car parking
• Cafe and shop are wheel chair friendly
• Tractors and trailers can take 54 passengers
• Free entry to shop and cafe for fresh fruit and produce sales
• Seating for 150 available
What some happy students have to say...
Last Friday we went to Rayner’s Orchard and I went on a tractor ride. It was fun because we saw really cool plants near it. When we were on the tractor the dogs kept following us.
When we went to Rayner’s Orchard we did lots of activities. My favourite was when we cut up the pears and put the syrup on top of them. First we got fresh pears and put them on our chopping board. Next we cleaned the pears by taking the skin off and chopping the ends off . After that we chopped the pears in half, and chopped them in half again. We then cut them into little chunks. I needed help with that job! Finally we put them in a jar and put syrup on top. The syrup was made out of sugar and water. We poured the syrup in the jar and it was done! Now I have to wait for 4 weeks until I can taste them.
I loved the fruit bottling. The pear was scrumptious! The pear was hard to cut because the knife was made out of plastic! We have to wait 4 weeks to eat them! It was so much fun.
At the orchard we tried 3 different types of fruit. The first fruit we tried was called a Pepino. It had a nice taste. The second one we tried was my favourite. It was called a fejoes. They were juicy, fresh, yummy and delightful to eat. The last fruit was the tamarillos which I didn’t really enjoy as much. Most of the fruit was delicious. Many people enjoyed the tamarillo but not me.
On the bus ride I felt nervous. My tummy had butterflies swirling around like chaos. I said to myself, “Where are we”? Then we were at Lilydale and then on Schoolhouse road. It took one hour and 40 minutes to get there. In the window I saw some beautiful trees and a magnificent view. I really wanted to get out. I wished it was around the corner from school. I wish I could go every day after school. I think the whole school should go. It was amazing. It was a happy place to be.
When we went to Rayner’s Orchard, the best thing was going and tasting all the different fruits and looking at the view. First we tasted the Pepino. I did not really like it. It didn’t have a nice taste. I would never really like to eat it again. Next we tried the Feijoas. They were a bit bitter. I thought they were really nice. I would eat them again if I had to. Finally, we tried the tamarillo. It was really nice. They were beautiful and juicy.
When we got to Rayners Orchard the first thing we did was fruit bottling and it was my favourite because we had to peel, cut and bottle pears which was fun. It taught us how to peel fruit. When we finished peeling them, cutting them we put them in a bottle. Then we put in the syrup and put the lid on. Now I have to wait four weeks before I can taste it.
On the event my favourite part was the fruit tasting tour. On the tour my favourite fruit that I tried was the Pepino, the first fruit we tried. It tasted like cantaloupe or rock melon as some people call them. The second fruit we tried were the Feijoas. The Feijoas tasted sour but you can’t eat the skin. You can’t eat the skin with the Pepinos either. The third fruit we tried was the Tamarillo which is a tree tomato. I didn’t like the Tamarillo that much because it tasted bitter and I don’t like things that taste bitter.
When I went to rayner’s Orchard we had a snack and we also did some fruit bottling. We had to peel a pear and then cut it and put it into a bottle. We poured some syrup into the bottle and we wrote are initials on the lid. Then we went outside Len Rayner gave us a tour around the orchard. We tried 3 different fruits. One was a Pepino, the second one was a feijoa and the third fruit was a tamarillo. We then had a lunch and rode a tractor and then we came back
Tailored educational programmes to suit teachers’ requirements
All schools programs are flexible and can be arranged to suit your requirements. Suggested topics include:
- Farming and working with the environment
- Organic vs conventional farming
- Discussions from a farmer’s point of view on GM foods
- Eliminating insecticides from the farm
- Water use and retention
- Irrigation methods and types
- Fertiliser types and uses
- Planting and growing fruit trees
- Methods and variety of fruit preserving
- Fruit storage requirements
- Profitable product marketing
- Marketing outside the square
- Pruning methods and practices