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.

Entries Close 5 July 2019


What do I have to do?

We encourage you to register to participate in this program so that you can be kept up-to-date with any new information about the program throughout Term 2.



Students and schools participating need to:

STEP 1: Download the Story Template. 

Story Template

STEP 2: Identify a local member of the farming community to talk to the students, or visit a place of business, such as a farm or office. Interview the individual or group to find out what they are doing to support the local farming community.

For ideas and advice see the Education Materials tab or contact one of the staff listed under the Support for Schools tab below.

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. READ MORE…
  • Check out previous books to see how the books are laid out and the amount of text that has been used. GO TO THE LIBRARY…
  • Check the story to ensure scientific details are accurate.
  • Check the spelling and grammar.

STEP 4: Post the story and original illustrations to:

Trudy Staines
Australian Cotton Industry
Locked Bag Box 59
Narrabri NSW 2390

For any questions about participating in the Our Farming Community Enviro-Stories program, please contact Peter Coleman on 0411 729 444 or email admin@envirostories.com.au


Checklist before submitting your entry

I have read the Terms and Conditions of participating in this program.

I have made sure that any photos that contain people have been approved for public release.

I have made sure that all details on the entry are correct – e.g. student names.


We really appreciate it if you could fill out an evaluation form before submitting your entry.

Teacher Evaluation Form Student Evaluation Form


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