Cranbrook’s Gillamii Centre has secured funding for a two-year project to promote sustainable attitudes among the region’s next generation of farmers. Eighteen landcare projects across the Great Southern have secured funding under the State Government’s latest round of the Natural Resource Management Community Stewardship Grants program. Gillamii will use its $35,000 share to fund its Flora, Fauna and Farming: Connecting Kids to Country project, set to start next year. The project will build on Gillamii’s work educating local students, by taking classes on three hands-on excursions to learn the importance of sustainable agriculture in combating the loss of native vegetation and land degradation. Gillamii Centre NRM officer Ashley Marjoram said the project was about creating memorable experiences for students that could inspire lifelong environmental attitudes. Next year, students from Cranbrook, Tambellup and Frankland River primary schools will take part in the excursions, visiting local farmers and landcare groups practising conservation. “We have had some incredible local farmers that are taking environmental actions on their own properties to enhance and protect biodiversity,” Ms Marjoram said. “They are doing this completely off their own initiative and we really want to show the kids. “We are really hoping to include throughout all the excursions an Indigenous and cultural component. “We will hopefully have some representatives from the Menang and Goreng country and create some really incredible experiences.” Ms Marjoram said in 2022, the project would roll out an “adopt a patch” program giving students the responsibility to care for an area of land near their school. “It aims to take kids out in their close, immediate environment and undertake all sorts of learning experiences and find fun little bits they can do to take ownership of their specific areas,” she said.