This past semester has seen the Agricultural Science students learn the science of making Camembert cheese for both the Maleny Show and the RNA Food and Wine Festival. Amazingly, despite being the first time Glasshouse Christian College has made Camembert cheese, the Agricultural Science students managed to receive Gold for all three cheese, and Isabella Cornel and Dakotah Davis took out Reserve Champion Show Cheese with their Camembert named DELL. Furthermore, last Friday saw Emerson West, Coen Oosen and Samuel Olsen, only one point off receiving Silver for their Camembert cheese at the RNA Food and Wine Festival.
The process of making the Camembert cheese has given the students an appreciation of the intricate procedure, time and work required to produce the white mould ripened cheese. It has also provided an authentic understanding and evaluation experience to value-adding basic farm produce in an attempt to increase profit margins. It really has been an all-round authentic practical lesson that cements the theoretical components of Agribusiness.
Another recent achievement at the Maleny show by the Ag Science students was their amazing success in the produce section. Once again the Agricultural Science students did exceptionally well in the produce, even entering in the open classes! They received four firsts, four seconds and four thirds for various produce. One of the first was for ‘Best Collection of all Organically Grown Vegetables’!
A special mention also goes to Taylah Holt, who entered her very own homegrown produce and received first for her BokChoy, and second for both her lettuce and sweet potato! Congratulations Taylah!