Woolworths has gone digital this month, with the popular Fresh Food Kids Discovery Tours program reaching Busselton and Dunsborough. Years 5 and 6 students across the region were the first to experience the new digital education program which aims to teach children where their fresh food comes from through the use of augmented reality and virtual reality activities. Woolworths Busselton store manager Rochelle Plume said the local stores were committed to being part of the process in helping families making healthier lifestyle decisions. “A big way we can do (this) is by educating younger Aussies about where their food comes from, the food production process ... and the need to support a sustainable future,” she said. “Taking the Fresh Food Kids Discovery Tours online enables teachers to bring the curriculum virtually to life, even if students are learning at home. “Busselton and Dunsborough students can discover the importance of how their fresh food makes it into local stores, and helps them build a healthier relationship with fruits and vegetables.” Beginning in 2018, the Fresh Food Kids Discovery Tour was the first national program of its kind which brought students in-store in an effort to teach them where food came from. Now with a top-to-bottom redesign in collaboration with educators, food scientists and nutritionists, the program allows for the ability to step on to an Australian farm virtually to learn how fresh food is grown and meet farmers who are part of that process. South Australian tomato grower Naresh Singh is one of the farmers featured in the new digital program, which he said allow him to expand his knowledge outside of his own region. “I’m thrilled to be involved in the reimagined Fresh Food Kids Discovery Tour and that Busselton and Dunsborough students can virtually step onto our farms to learn about how fresh fruit and veggies grow,” he said. “Knowing Aussie kids can learn more about how tomatoes like ours end up in Woolworths stores nationwide is extremely rewarding.” The rollout of the new digital program will start with Years 5 and 6 and be available to Kindergarten to Year 4 from early next year.