STUDENTS CONNECT ‘GATE TO PLATE’ DURING CANADIAN AGRICULTURE LITERACY MONTH.

(CALGARY, AB March 1, 2018) – Agriculture for Life (Ag for Life) celebrates Canadian Agriculture Literacy Month (CALM) in Alberta classrooms as students participate in hands-on activities to learn about, connect and understand this important industry.

Many children today think that milk, eggs, and vegetables come from the grocery store. They don’t connect these common products to the cows, chickens and crops in Alberta and they don’t understand the role that agriculture plays in their daily lives. Ag for Life is dedicated to in-school programs that help children and youth learn about the food they eat, where it comes from and the importance of agriculture in this province.

This CALM, Ag for Life will showcase two of its high school programs including its Ag 101 Food and Farming and Careers in Agriculture initiatives.

To kick-off CALM 2018, two hundred Robert Thirsk High School students will participate in Ag for Life’s Ag 101 on March 1st and enjoy a Made in Alberta Breakfast connecting food to their plates.

Working with representatives from Alberta Canola Producers, Alberta Farm Animal Care, AdFarm, Cows and Fish, University of Alberta, and Viterra, students will participate in a series of interactive demonstrations learning about a number of agriculture related topics. “It will be an engaging and interactive morning for two hundred high school students, who will learn about modern farming, animal care, and agricultural careers,” says Luree Williamson, Ag for Life CEO. “It is always delightful to watch students connect with producers and learn about agriculture. We deliver programming year-round, however CALM is a great opportunity to showcase our programs and work with Agriculture in the Classroom organizations across Canada,” adds Williamson.

In addition to Ag 101, Ag for Life will be co-hosting an Agriculture Careers event with Lakeland College in Vermilion on March 21st. Students will have a chance to tour the college’s innovative facilities and learn first-hand about careers in agriculture with professionals in the industry.

Agriculture for Life’s agriculture education programs reached over 52,000 children, youth, and their families annually. Supported programs include the Classroom Agriculture Program, Careers in Agriculture, Agriculture 101, Farm Tours, and the annual Agriculture Education Teachers’ Symposium. For more information visit agricultureforlife.ca.

What is Canadian Agriculture Literacy Month?

In 2012, Agriculture in the Classroom-Canada worked collectively on the initiative to declare one week in early March as the Canadian Agriculture Literacy Week. Due to popular demand, this program has now grown to last an entire month. Agriculture will come alive in Canadian classrooms as students participate in activities to learn about, connect to and understand this important industry. Events and activities will run throughout the Month to celebrate the fact that agriculture is all around us, everyday! CALM would not be possible without the generous funding from Farm Credit Canada, the country’s leading agriculture lender.

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.

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