Jessie’s barking isn’t enough to snap George out of his football daydream, which nearly ends in catastrophe while planting his wheat crop! Luckily, Ruby is there to lend a helping hand.
George the Farmer Plants a Wheat Crop
Jessie’s barking isn’t enough to snap George out of his football daydream, which nearly ends in catastrophe while planting his wheat crop! Luckily, Ruby is there to lend a helping hand. This beaut interactive story, full of farming sounds including tractor rumbles, barking dogs and warbling magpies, follows George, Ruby and Jessie as they plant a wheat crop. It teaches children not only how to plant a crop but also educates on what foods wheat is used to produce once the grain has been milled to make flour.
George the Farmer Shears a Sheep
The second beaut story in the George the Farmer series has been added to the app: George the Farmer Shears a Sheep. Its shearing time on the farm and its all hands on deck to get the sheep shorn before the rain sets in! Will Ruby get the sheep penned up in time? This ripper interactive story, full of farming sounds including tractor rumbles, barking dogs and baa-ing sheep, follows George, Ruby, Jack, Lucy and their New Zealand shearing mates as they shear 900 sheep over three days.
Aligned with the Australian School Curriculum focusing on K-4 year levels the guide covers Science, Literature, Technology and Sustainability. Many of the hands on activities such as making lumpy glue artworks from wheat are equally achievable and entertaining for pre-primary.Download (PDF 28mb)
Don’t know your pulses from your legumes? Never fear. George is here to help. Aligned with the Australian School Curriculum focusing on K-4 year levels the guide covers STEM subjects with many of the hands on activities being equally achievable and entertaining for pre-primary.Download Guide (PDF 16mb)
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George the Farmer is a fun-loving character who is everyone’s friend. With his trusty dog Jessie by his side, George tackles the day to day activities of Australian farming life with enthusiasm, a can-do attitude and most importantly a big smile. George’s obsession with football and cricket often play havoc with not being able to finish jobs off in their entirety. Luckily for George, his talented wife Ruby is always there to lend a helping hand. The importance and power of team work shines through every time in these Australian farming adventures.
Farming activities such as seeding, harvesting, checking stock water, spraying, fencing, making hay, cleaning troughs and more are covered throughout the creative stories to be released which subtly highlight what jobs are undertaken during the four seasons on an Australian farm. The challenges that face George and Ruby in each story closely reflect and make fun of the daily tasks that make up farming life, making the stories amusing not only for the zero to eight age group, but adults alike.
George the Farmer is created by Simone Kain and Ben Hood, directors of creative agency Hello Friday, which is based in the Limestone Coast of South Australia. Simone writes the George the Farmer books and Ben illustrates George's books and performs George's songs. They produce work for various businesses and organisations linked to primary industries and education. In 2015, they were awarded the South Australian Flinders University Education Award and were finalists in the Telstra Business Awards.
Both directors of helloFriday grew up on farming properties and have an inherent passion for regional Australia. Coupled with Simone being married to a farmer, inspirational and educational storylines of farming in Australia which are real, relevant and generally humorous - are plentiful.
In 2012, when Simone’s eldest son George was two (and farm obsessed), she discovered that there weren’t any farming characters worldwide who were telling sequential stories about life on the land. Her and Ben decided to create George the Farmer - a character to inspire kids to learn more about agriculture. George the Farmer has proven that he is resonating well in rural locations, while at the same time inspiring city based children to have a better understanding and connection to agriculture which is imperative for an equitable and sustainable food supply chain in to the future.
Simone Kain, Director
Simone has received a number of outstanding awards during her career including the 2015 NAB Women’s Agenda Entrepreneur of the Year, 2015 PwC/Newscorp Women in Innovation Arts Category Winner of the Year; finalist for the 2015 SA RIDRC Rural Woman of the Year, 2014 Top 20 Innovative Women in SA, 2010 Advantage SA Regional Speaker in Schools and the 2006 South Australian Young Achiever Award (Regional Initiative). She has sat on numerous boards and committees including the South Australian Graphic Design Association and the Limestone Coast’s community foundation, Stand Like Stone Foundation. Simone has also lectured multimedia at TAFE SA.
Ben Hood, Director
Ben Hood is a graphic and website designer with 20 years experience in print and web medias. He has received numerous accolades for his illustration work through his personal blog, thecreativepanic.com.au. Ben has served on a variety of committees and boards including the South Australian Graphic Design Association and has also lectured multimedia at TAFE SA. Ben is a talented musician and with Simone, writes all of George's songs and performs them with George at schools, festivals and events all over Australia!
George the Farmer is aimed at zero to eight year olds.
George Farmer is everyone’s friend. Born on April 7 in Panoola, South Australia, he grew up on his family farming property where they grazed cattle and sheep. They also grew a variety of crops including wheat, lucerne, potatoes and onions. He attended St Joseph’s Primary School followed by The Sacred Cross’ High School where he excelled in all sports that he attempted, except table tennis.
His dream of captaining the Australian cricket team was crushed after finishing school when he injured his shoulder in a motorbike accident while chasing a mob of pesky sheep. His love of sports did not diminish and he went on to captain his local cricket and football teams, which he has been doing so for the past 10 years which has included six premierships. His knowledge of sports is widely known being asked to contribute regularly to sporting conversations on the local ABC radio.
George took over the management of the family farm "Telford", from his parents on their retirement nine years ago. At this time he moved into the family homestead with his beautiful wife Ruby. He made some minor renovations on first moving in, including changing the guest room in to a sports room with a large built in trophy cabinet.
Ruby is as talented as she is beautiful. Softly spoken, well mannered and patient she grew up in the nearby town of Kincraig being the daughter of local machinery dealer and midwife, John and Penny Evans.
Her parents drive and can-do attitude played an important role in shaping the woman that she is today. While attending University in Melbourne, she was won over by George’s good nature and humour.
She moved to Panoola where they were married shortly after and had their reception at the Panoola Football Club. She was employed as an agronomist with a local agricultural company for two years before falling pregnant and having their children, twins Lucy and Jack.
While bringing up the children and helping George on the farm, Ruby completed her phD in science for her studies into the relationship of irrigated crops vs non irrigated crops. Now with the title of Doctor, she consults to various government departments while still assisting where she can on the farm.
Always by George’s side, Jessie is a quiet, reliable and loyal red Kelpie. Born eight years ago on George’s neighbour’s property, Pete and Ella Sutherland’s, Jessie was one of 6 pups born to trucking dogs, Rebel and Gypsy.
She had a happy pup-hood roaming relatively free with her brothers and sisters, frolicking amongst the long phalaris playing games of hide and seek and find the bone. At 8 weeks of age, Jessie took hide and seek a little too far, being found by George in the back of his ute at Telford. After being fed some tasty lamb shanks for afternoon tea, Jessie was won over by this man called George and knew she had found her dog-mate.
Although Kelpie’s are renowned for being brave sheep and cattle dogs, Jessie prefers to bark at the livestock from inside George’s ute, after a scary altercation with a rampant steer 4 years ago.
Seven year old Lucy (twin of Jack) comes across as a quiet and shy natured girl who likes to read, however like her brother she is quite cheeky and outgoing. When not attending St Joseph’s Primary School in Panoola, Lucy can be found riding her two wheeler motorbike that Grandpa Evans gave her for her 5th birthday over jumps that she created from old fence posts and tractor tyres. Her dream, along with becoming a travelling journalist, is to ride with the infamous Trusty Beacons freestyle motorbike group.
Lucy’s brother Jack is a sweet natured and funny boy, who like his dad George, loves to play sport. On being awarded best and fairest for the school cricket team, George put on a party for Jack where his trophy was inducted to the Telford trophy cabinet hall of fame. He likes to practice his cricket spin in the back yard, bowling the ball against the laundry door much to Ruby’s disgust. He has a strong friendship with Jessie, who likes to help out occasionally fetching a stray ball, however for the most part prefers to spectate.
Another neighbour to the Farmer’s farm, Neville Burrows likes to keep a close eye on things. He is the first to point out to George when he’s done something on the farm that hasn’t worked successfully.
Luckily for George he doesn’t mind criticism. Always catching George and Ruby by surprise, although nosey and interfering, Neville means well.
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