Farm Force

Farm Force Banner

We are all aware of the challenges that farmers face to provide us with our food and fibre resources. We hear and see things on the news about the perils of bushfire, pests, drought and flood. These severe weather events and natural disasters impact rural communities through loss of production, loss of jobs and the cost of recovering from the damage they cause.

The ‘Farm Force’ Enviro-Stories program involves rural kids from the Hunter region learning about making their property more resilient to reduce the impacts of bushfire, pests, drought and flood. This will enable them to help their families prepare both now and, in the future, when they become the next generation of property managers.

The ‘Farm Force’ program will provide rural kids the opportunity to:

  • reflect on their experiences of bushfire, pests, drought and flood
  • learn about things that they and their families can do to prepare their property for the future, making them more resilient and lessening the impact of these disasters
  • express themselves through their stories and artwork to possibly contribute to an Enviro-Stories book
  • learn from their peers as the books created will become a resource for the community
An Introduction for Teachers

Farm Force and the Pillowcase Project

Students involved in Farm Force Enviro-Stories will write and illustrate a 15-page storybook about disaster resilience and preparedness supporting the Red Cross Pillowcase Project. This story will be made into an A5 school reader and the students will have the honour of becoming published authors. These books will be distributed to schools, libraries and throughout the wider community as a resource to help others learn about and deal with disaster.

Through the Pillowcase Project, the Red Cross works to reduce the psychosocial impacts of any disasters, the impacts on people’s wellbeing and their relationships with the people around them. The Red Cross work alongside communities to develop a shared understanding of their strengths, risks and role before, during and after a disaster.

The Pillowcase project creates opportunities for community members to connect and work together to develop locally appropriate, community-led activities to strengthen their resilience. This project is supported in the local area by Mission Australia, Mid Coast 4 Kids, Hunter Local Land Services, MidCoast Council and headspace Taree.

Read more about the Pillowcase Project



What do I have to do?

STEP 1: Download your Story Template. 

Farm Force Story Template

STEP 2:Research disaster preparedness and resilience. This should be a combination of knowledge shared from the Pillowcase Project, utilising the resources on the Farm Force webpage and student’s own research.

STEP 3: Write and illustrate a 15-page story plus 1 cover page as outlined in the Story Template. Make sure you…

  • View our Hints and Tips about how to write a good Enviro-Stories book.
  • Check out Library to see how the books are laid out and the amount of text that has been used.
  • Check the story to ensure any scientific or technical details are accurate.
  • Check the spelling and grammar.

STEP 4: Fill in our evaluation form for TEACHERS and STUDENTS.

STEP 5: Send your story and original illustrations to:

Daniel Trudgeon
Hunter Local Land Services
PO Box 440
Taree NSW 2430

Other Farm Force information


Need some help?

For any questions please contact:

Daniel Trudgeon
Hunter Local Land Services
Based in Taree
Phone:  0419 436 185

Peter Coleman
Based in Victoria
Mobile: 0411 729 444


This program is supported by NSW Local Land Services, Mission Australia, Australian Red Cross, MidCoast 4 Kids, Midcoast Council and Headspace Taree.


NSW Govt Logo
Mission Australia_Logo

MidCoast Council_Logo
Headspace Logo