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Milton, ON, March 1, 2018 – Agriculture in the Classroom - Canada (AITC-C), representing nine provincial Agriculture in the Classroom organizations, will participate for the seventh year in Canadian Agriculture Literacy Month (CALM) in schools across Canada for the month of March. AgScape® is proud to be the Ontario ambassador for Agriculture in the Classroom.
CALM is a hands-on program that encourages students to learn about and celebrate Canada’s agriculture and food story in various ways, including through the delivery of curriculum-linked lessons, exploration of agri-food resources and engaging student events. Building awareness with students about the agriculture and food system – including their role in it and the career opportunities available – is one of the things that makes CALM so impactful.
“Our Food. Our Story” is the 2018 theme and will see AITC-C organizations deliver to over 30,000 students in more than 800 classrooms across Canada in March.
In 2018, Ontario will complete the following initiatives during CALM:
A new teaching resource called connectAG - Piecing Together Our Food Story will be piloted through CALM 2018. This interactive resource will encourage students in Grades 7-9 to learn and explore using a series of real Canadian farmer profiles. Critical thinking and discussion will be encouraged, as students experience through team-role play, where and how food is grown and produced.
“AITC-C is thrilled to host and deliver Canadian Agriculture Literacy Month 2018 for the 7th consecutive year,” said Johanne Ross, AITC-Canada Executive Director. “CALM provides an inspiring opportunity to spend time celebrating and sharing the Canadian agriculture and food story with students across Canada. The reality is that many families are two or three generations away from the farm gate.”
CALM provides the important setting to help young Canadians understand the importance and value of agriculture to their lives and their communities. This year, CALM will build on its past success of bringing agriculture into the classroom; connecting with teachers and students across the country, which is imperative for the future of Canadian agriculture and food production.
CALM would not be possible without the generous funding from Farm Credit Canada, the country’s leading agriculture lender.
“Agriculture Literacy Month plays an important role in educating future consumers on where their food comes from and how it is produced, building a stronger appreciation for the dedication and care that is put into food production every day,” said Michael Hoffort, FCC president and CEO. “There is also a need to attract talented, energetic and educated young people to Canada’s agriculture and agri-food industry, so this is an opportunity to generate passion and interest in an industry that offers many career opportunities.”
Agriculture in the Classroom Canada is a charitable organization with nine provincial member AITC organizations working together to enhance the knowledge, understanding, and appreciation of agriculture. AITC- Canada achieves this goal through national initiatives, sharing of information and educational resources, development of educational programs aimed at enhancing agricultural classroom literacy, and coordination of professional development opportunities. Visit www.aitc-canada.ca or on Twitter @AITCCanada
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For more information, contact:
Agriculture in the Classroom Canada
Johanne Ross-Executive Director
Provincial CALM Coordinator
Catherine Reining-Program and Resource Manager
Colleen Smith-Executive Director