OZblu Academy

Cultivating Blueberry Education & Growing Jobs

The OZblu Academy is a school that will ultimately provide both in-classroom and online education facilities, coupled with practical in-field activities on the production of low-chill blueberries. The Academy has four areas of focus that align with OZblu’s drive to create sustainable business practices and our vision of making agriculture sexy again.

BURSARIES AND POST-GRADUATE RESEARCH

This will be focused on providing financial support to previously disadvantaged individuals for undergraduate studies in the fields of agronomi, agriculture, horticulture, soil science and food technology. Post-graduate study support will be open to all students provided the research is undertaken on or concerns an OZblu farm.

 

ACCESS TO EDUCATION

OZblu currently operates in markets that are home to some of the world’s poorest communities. Low-chill blueberry production creates almost more jobs per hectare for a longer season than any other crop. These communities often don’t have access to much-needed services like education, which can be life changing. This leg will focus on re-purposing existing educational content and providing sustainable access to the local communities that are directly linked to OZblu projects.

 

AGRICULTURAL EDUCATION

OZblu will partner with selected agricultural institutions that provide technical agricultural education. These institutions will provide the foundation of knowledge for many of the permanent staff on the OZblu farms. As the bulk of the information on low-chill varieties expands, the OZblu Academy will build out proprietary content that will form part of a formal OZblu low-chill blueberry curriculum.

 

SPORT IN EDUCATION

Sport forms an integral part of education. OZblu growers already support a number of community-based sporting initiatives. Support on a social and educational level will form part of the foundation of the OZblu Academy.

Getting involved in the OZblu Academy is open to all licensed growers of OZblu varieties and our customers.

We would be delighted to hear from you.

 

PLEASE SHARE YOUR IDEAS WITH US:

academy@ozblu.com