BURSARIES AND POST-GRADUATE RESEARCH
This will be focused on providing financial support to previously disadvantaged individuals for undergraduate studies in the fields of agronomy, 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.
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.
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.
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.