Our Farming Community


Our Farming Community Enviro-Stories Competition is open to all primary schools across Australia. Seven storybooks will be published thanks to the Australia Cotton Research and Development Corporation.

Farming connects Australians, both urban and rural, by providing us with the food and fibres that we need in our everyday lives – we are all part of the wider farming community because we all need healthy farms to survive.

We’re asking students to look at the bigger picture of farming by discovering the wide variety of people in their community that are doing great things for the agricultural sector. These could include people or families who run a farm, small businesses, scientists and technology experts, government staff, shearers, Landcare and community groups and many more.

Stories can be from a human, plant or animal perspective or how farms can be healthy and how they can benefit local communities. Stories can be fictional or non-fictional, but we definitely encourage lots of creativity. 

Entries can be submitted by individuals, small groups or even full classes.

Students will then write and illustrate a 15-page storybook that will be published 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 the topic.

Competition is Closed



Australian Cotton Industry

Trudy Staines
CSIRO Scientist
Based in Narrabri, NSW
Phone:  02 6799 2478 or 0429 924 265‬
Email: Trudy.Staines@csiro.au


Peter Coleman
Enviro-Stories Coordinator
Based in Bruthen, Victoria
Phone:  0411 729 444
Email: admin@envirostories.com.au



This program is supported by the Australian Cotton Research and Development Corporation.