First annual Agriculture Education Teachers’ Symposium brings life to the classroom


(Cochrane, AB, September 12, 2017) – Ag for Life is bridging the gap between the agriculture sector and classroom curriculum this fall in a jam-packed day of learning and professional development.

The Agriculture Education Teachers’ Symposium is the first effort to bring educators and farmers and agriculture industry experts together. “Most families are three to five generations removed from the farm today and that disconnect leads to a misunderstanding about how food is raised,” says Luree Williamson, CEO, Ag for Life. “We feel the best way to shift this gap is to have agriculture within the curriculum throughout K-12 education.”

On Friday, November 24, the Cochrane RancheHouse will host the one-day event that features keynote and informational speakers, along with panel discussions and breakout sessions, all geared to aiding educators in incorporating agriculture into their existing curriculum. Topics will range from big picture issues in agriculture such as sustainability, the different types of crops being grown today, pesticide use and the role of bees, to the use of container gardening in the classroom and careers in agriculture. The Symposium will be held annually in locations across the province.

Many of those involved in the day understand the importance of sharing agriculture and the facts and science behind the growing of food. “Funny thing, everybody eats, and so relies on agriculture.  However, not very many people know much about agriculture anymore.  There is a lot of need for agricultural learning,” says keynote speaker Dr. Frank Robinson, Professor, Agricultural, Life and Environmental Sciences, at the University of Alberta.

Space is limited for this educational professional development day says Williamson. “We believe this day will provide great value to educators, whether in traditional school boards or for those in charter or home schools. This is a day that can be personalized to the needs of the teacher and their students, from kindergarten to Grade 12.”

Registration for the event is open now. Click here for more details and to register for the first Annual Agriculture Education Teachers’ Symposium.


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