Celebrating Agri-Learning in Canadian March Madness

Mar 18, 2024

By: Farms.com

Every March, Canada embraces a special celebration known as Canadian Agriculture Literacy Month. This event, rich in educational value and creative spirit, is geared towards young Canadians. It's a time when the importance of agriculture and food security is brought to the forefront of learning, thanks to the efforts of dedicated organizations and government support. 

The Honourable Elvis Loveless, the Minister of Fisheries, Forestry, and Agriculture, recently shared in his province’s House of Assembly the significance of this month. It's seen as an essential period for engaging students with the reality of food production, sustainability, and the tireless work of farmers and agricultural professionals across the country. 

For over a decade, Agriculture in the Classroom NL (AITC-NL) has been a pivotal force during this month, arranging various activities that bridge the gap between students and the agricultural world.  

These include interactive farm visits, insightful presentations by professionals, and even a music video launch by The Swinging Belles, a JUNO Award-winning band. Their song, "Little Green Sprouts," aims to entertain while educating people on agricultural themes. 

Another exciting part of the month is the "Bee Creative Literacy Contest." This initiative encourages schools to creatively engage with agriculture by decorating beehives, fostering a hands-on understanding of the importance of bees in agriculture.  

The contest is a collaboration with the Newfoundland and Labrador Beekeeping Association and Egg Farmers of Newfoundland and Labrador, illustrating the community's involvement in agricultural education. 

The activities of Canadian Agriculture Literacy Month are supported by the federal-provincial Sustainable Canadian Agricultural Partnership, which has contributed significant funding to ensure the continued success of AITC-NL’s initiatives.  

This partnership highlights the importance of educating the next generation about the origins of their food and the opportunities within the agricultural sector. 

Minister Loveless and AITC-NL invite students and educators to dive into the month's offerings, promising an enriching experience that combines learning with fun.  

As Canadian Agriculture Literacy Month unfolds, it's a golden opportunity for young minds to explore the agricultural landscape, understand the vital role of farming in sustainable development, and maybe even find a future career path in the sector. 

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