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Completed project

Onion-specific Phenomenom resource creation (VN20008)

Key research provider: Edible Adventures Productions
Publication date: Tuesday, April 5, 2022

What was it all about?

Spanning for six months, this project educated children about the nutritional benefits of Australian onions through the Phenomenom resources which demonstrate the link between soil health and gut health, as well as umami and satiety for primary school aged children.

The suite of free resources was delivered across primary schools in Australia in various subject areas to increase positive exposure to Australian horticulture products such as vegetables, fruits, nuts and seeds.

In the home environment, Phenomenom was openly received by both parents and children as an engaging and insightful resource, helping to positively shift perceptions, to create conversation and to influence the type and variety of vegetables consumed.

Key outcomes from the project include:

  • Increased openness amongst school-aged children in consuming Australian onions.
  • Greater access to curriculum aligned resources promoting Australian onions across primary and secondary year levels.
  • Parents and caregivers more likely to purchase and consume Australian onions.

The resources developed were largely audio-visual materials that facilitate opportunities for deeper learning through lesson plans and activities, including but not limited to:

  • Animated podcast episodes, such as webisodes and Nomcasts
  • Downloadable teaching resources.
  • PDF resources and animation based on a previously developed onion grower interview.


Visit the Phenomenom website to see all of the resources that educate kids about their vegetables.

Related levy funds


Funding statement:
This project is a strategic levy investment in the Hort Innovation Onion Fund.

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