Agriculture in the Classroom-Manitoba (AITC-M) launched the Foundations of Manitoba Agriculture Virtual Resource Hub, a series of interactive courses and factsheets that invite teachers and students to explore the diverse crops grown and animals raised in Manitoba.
“Food is something that connects us all. Yet very few Manitoban students understand how the food they eat ends up on their plates,” said Sue Clayton, Executive Director, AITC-M. “This program brings that journey to life for them in a way that connects directly to the subjects they study at school, including science, technology, the environment, nutrition and history. Learning about our province’s most important crops and animals—and the people who grow and raise them—will result in stronger generations of consumers, decision-makers and innovators.”
AITC-M worked closely with partners in Manitoba’s agricultural industry to ensure the resources provided accurate, balanced and timely information. The Foundations of Manitoba Agriculture was made possible thanks to support from founding sponsors including Peak of the Market, the presenting sponsor for 2022.
Pamela Kolochuk (to the left of the check) along with her daughters Paige and Brooke and with CEO Peter Loewen (to the right of the check) presents a check on behalf of Peak of the Market to Sue Clayton, Executive Director, AITC-MB of $50,000 for the virtual resource hub.
“Peak of the market growers recognize the importance of education. Understanding how food is planted, grown and harvested is paramount to ensuring the public is aware of the importance agriculture plays in our daily lives. Our vision is to ensure that all Canadians fill half their plate with fresh produce. It all starts with educating young people on the basics of growing food, creating educated adults who support our vital agribusiness,” said Pamela Kolochuk, CEO, Peak of the Market Ltd.
Teachers and students can learn about all the goods featured in the hub through factsheets, illustrated summaries and interactive e-learning courses. To date, resources for 20 Manitoba soft commodities have been released and more are in the pipeline.
In celebration of Farm and Food Awareness Week (September 19-23), AITC-M is also launching two games to help teachers and students explore the basics of Manitoba farming in a fun and interactive way. The Amazing Veggie Race is aimed at younger students, while the Agriculture Jeopardy Game challenges middle and high school students to test their knowledge.
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Farming in the Classroom-Canada