(CALGARY, AB, March 26, 2018) – Agriculture for Life (Ag for Life) is pleased to announce it has received a $25,000 grant from The McCain Foundation to support the development and delivery of a new program – Spuds in Tubs.

The program, developed by Ag in the Classroom BC, will equip teachers of all grades with the materials they need to grow potatoes in their classrooms and schoolyards. Materials include growing tubs, spuds, a ‘how-to’ booklet, lesson ideas and curriculum connections making the program easy to integrate into classroom settings.

“We know that one of the most effective ways to connect children and youth to agriculture is through hands-on learning opportunities,” said Ag for Life CEO Luree Williamson. “We’re honoured to receive support from The McCain Foundation which allows us to deliver this program to 30 classrooms in Alberta, giving students the chance to grow their own food and learn more about farming and nutrition.”

‘’The McCain Foundation is proud to support the Spuds in Tubs program, which will allow our young people to see first-hand where their food comes from, gain an understanding of the importance of agriculture for a sustainable future and will hopefully inspire a future generation of farmers.”

The Spuds in Tubs program is open to kindergarten to grade 12 classes across Alberta. Teachers can apply by emailing Spots will be filled on a first-come, first-serve basis.

About Ag for Life:

Ag for Life (Agriculture for Life) has a mandate to deliver educational programming designed to improve rural and farm safety while building public understanding around the agricultural industry. The organization brings together various sectors including agri-services, energy, financial and not-for-profit organizations, along with farmers, ranchers, and community leaders.

Ag for Life is made possible through the funding and commitment of companies that employ almost 20,000 people in more than 350 Alberta communities. Founding Members include AdFarm, ATCO Group, Glacier FarmMedia, Nutrien Ltd., Rocky Mountain Equipment, TransCanada Corporation, and UFA Co-operative Limited.

 About The McCain Foundation

The McCain Foundation is committed to supporting communities across Canada to create positive change and drive innovative, sustainable solutions, placing emphasis on organizations and projects that contribute to the quality of life of families and individuals with the community framework, particularly where McCain or its subsidiaries have operations.

Download full release: Spuds in Tubs_Media Release_2018

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