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What a busy spring

What a month Ironwood has had.

The onset of spring is not just a busy time in the garden but at Ironwood Institute.

Agtech/Spacetech Meetup

Agriculture-tech is surely catching up with Space-tech. Ironwood Institute attended the AgriTech / SpaceTech Meetup on remote sensing + biodiversity monitoring, exploring the potential to use remote sensing as a part of measuring, reporting, and verifying on-farm biodiversity.

Presenters on the night included Sebastian Chaoui from Arlula, Joshua Pease from CSIRO , and Andy Lowe from the Environment Institute at The University of Adelaide.

City Garden Tour – A Journey to Green Adelaide

Our horticulture students went on a journey to see how green our city is, with a guided walk-through of Adelaide’s historical Park Lands.

They enjoyed a fascinating historical journey of the South Adelaide Park Lands, where they wandered through Victoria Park/Pakapakanthi, Carriageway Park/Tuthangga, and Peppermint Park/Wita Wirra.
Here they explored Adelaide’s community and culture, learning about August Pelzer – the first ‘City Gardener’, discovered the mysteries and beauty of flora and fauna, and newly constructed wetlands, and reflected on how the past can meet the future – including how everyone can celebrate Adelaide’s new international status as a National Park City

The walk was guided by Prof. Christopher Daniels, Presiding Member of Green Adelaide, Sheryn Pitman, Project Lead, National Park City, Green Adelaide, and Matt Jorgensen, Horticulture Team Leader at the City of Adelaide

Big thanks to Dr Kalyanasundaram Dhanagopalan, Head of Horticulture at Ironwood Institute, for organising the tour for students.

Government Meetings

Ironwood Institute has met with South Australian politicians to discuss the needs of international education as the sector emerges from covid restrictions.

Ironwood’s CEO, Navtej Bal , and Partnership Manager Victoria Pearce, along with the Executive Director of the Primary Industry Skills Council of SA, Mark Cody, were honoured to meet with the Hon Susan Close MP, Deputy Premier, Minister for Climate, Environment, and Water, Minister for Industry, Innovation and Science and Minister for Defence and Space Industries.

Discussions were held around the challenges in international education and the opportunities in Agtech.

The team also met with The Hon. John Gardner MP, Deputy Leader of the Opposition and Shadow Minister for Education on the Ironwood Institute’s campus to discuss international education opportunities in the agrifood sector.

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