Farmers Teaching Students About Food Security
When asked, where does our food come from, most students are hesitant to reply. Given that some say, “The grocery store,” Nova Scotia farmers want to help people understand the importance of local food production.
March is Canadian Agriculture Literacy Month, a program that was launched ten years ago in Nova Scotia. The campaign encourages students in all grades to learn and celebrate Canada's agricultural industry.
The province’s Minister of Agriculture says, “A thriving agriculture sector is critical to supporting a stronger economy in Nova Scotia.” Keith Colwell added, “By hearing stories of how our food is grown, students will better understand the importance of producing food locally and learn about career opportunities in agriculture at the same time.”
This year, students in Grade 3 will take part in an interactive project where they learn about growing produce from seeds. It will include virtual visits from farmers.
Students in Grade 4 will learn about the aquaculture industry through a partnership with the Centre for Oceans Ventures and Entrepreneurship (COVE) in Dartmouth.
Referring to the tenth anniversary of the program, the federal Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food says, “This year marks an important milestone for the invaluable work done by Agriculture in the Classroom Canada.”
Marie-Claude Bibeau says, “Agriculture in the Classroom is helping to close the gap between urban and rural, which is more important than ever.”
For more info about Agriculture in the Classroom, go to https://aitc-canada.ca/en-ca/.
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