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Our Nation’s Schools Will Be Anything But Calm During AITC-C’s 9th Annual Canadian Agriculture Literacy Month

Agriculture in the Classroom Canada (AITC-C), along with nine provincial member organizations, is excited to launch its 9th annual Canadian Agriculture Literacy Month (CALM).

CALM is an engaging experiential opportunity that encourages students from K to 12 in all 10 provinces to learn about and celebrate Canada’s incredible agriculture and food story.

In Ontario, AgScape will be offering an exciting line-up of hands-on, educational initiatives throughout March:

  • AgScape will host thinkAG Career Competitions, experiential events that introduce students to the diverse career opportunities in the agri-food sector, at local schools to inspire and educate more than 900 students
  • AgScape Teacher Ambassadors will be visiting classrooms to deliver lessons on agriculture and food, which are led by trained Ontario Certified Teachers and offered free of charge to Ontario educators.
  • AgScape is running an essay contest to invite Ontario students in Grades 7 – 12 to submit a written or video essay in English or French based on the topic: “Food Literacy -What’s On Your Plate?” The essay contest deadline is April 5, 2020. More information is available at https://agscape.ca/event/calm-essay-contest
  • AgScape is providing educators with free CALM resource packages containing curriculum-linked lesson plans and materials including the launch of a new resource: An Overview of Aquaculture in Ontario, which has been developed through an exciting partnership with the Ontario Aquaculture Association (OAA).

“With the help of the OAA, we are thrilled to celebrate CALM with the release of a brand new educational resource that will introduce students to the thriving aquaculture industry. As one of the fastest growing food production sectors in Ontario, it’s an exciting time to shine the spotlight on aquaculture and educate students about the rewarding careers that they can pursue,” said Mercedes Unwin, Program & Resource Manager, AgScape.

Building on the success from 2019, this year will be AITC-C’s busiest yet! AITC-C organizations are on track to reach approximately 70,000 students in more than 2000 classrooms from coast to coast.  

“AITC-C is incredibly excited and proud to be presenting CALM for the 9th consecutive year,” said Johanne Ross, AITC-C Executive Director. “The ongoing growth and success of this remarkable initiative is in large part thanks to the incredible passion that is shared in classrooms across this country by our provincial members and the amazing volunteers who make their stories come to life for each student and teacher they meet.”

From students getting their hands dirty learning about soil with a soil scientist to developing an understanding of the technology used in agriculture from the storybook Reggie’s Technology Adventure with a farmer, CALM offers a unique way to pique Canadian students’ curiosity about agriculture and food.

“Agriculture is how we will energize the next generation of leaders,” said Connie Tamoto, Senior Manager, Corporate Responsibility - Canada, Cargill. “Programs like Canadian Agriculture Literacy Month, help teach kids about the importance of agriculture to ensure sustainable, innovative solutions to feed a growing population and how young people can play a role in nourishing our world.”

CALM would not be possible without the generosity of Cargill, Corteva and the Canadian Agricultural Partnership program.

Follow along on social media:  #CALM20 #OurFoodOurStory

For more information, contact: 

Mercedes Unwin
Program & Resource Manager, AgScape
P: 905-878-1510 ext. 43
programs@agscape.ca

Tanisha Dunkley
Marketing & Communications Manager, AgScape
P: 905-878-1510 ext. 25
communications@agscape.ca

Kim Sabourin 
Communications Manager, AITC-C   
C: 613-983-3044  
ksabourin@aitc-canada.ca