Manitoba kicks off sixth annual Farm and Food Awareness Week
September 21, 2020 By Manitoba Agriculture
Manitobans are encouraged to learn more about where their food comes from and how their food is produced, Agriculture and Resource Development Minister Blaine Pedersen said as the sixth annual Farm and Food Awareness Week officially kicks off on September 21.
“The COVID-19 pandemic has changed the way we are rolling out Farm and Food Awareness Week this year, allowing for the creation of educational materials that will be available online year round,” said Pedersen. “Now, more than ever, it’s important that we continue to celebrate the importance of agriculture in Manitoba and the role it is playing in our economic recovery.”
Since 2015, Farm and Food Awareness Week launches on the third Monday in September. The purpose of Farm and Food Awareness Week is to encourage activities to promote Manitoba farms, Manitoba food and other products of farming carried on in Manitoba.
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Next week is Farm and Food Awareness Week in Manitoba. Normally to celebrate the week we host awesome events including Open Farm Day, Amazing Agriculture Adventure and Food From the Land day. Unfortunately, the events had to be cancelled this year. Instead, we are thrilled to announce that FFDC has joined forces with some of our partners to hold an Online Farm and Food Awareness Week! Next week we will be promoting activities, resources and fun facts daily. Swipe through the photos to see the themes for each day! All content will be available for free at the link in our bio.
The theme for this year’s Farm and Food Awareness Week is ‘150 Years of Agriculture in Manitoba,’ highlighting Manitoba’s rich agricultural history, the resilience of Manitoba’s agricultural industry, and innovation and opportunity in the sector. Manitoba Agriculture and Resource Development will be launching five new videos this week focusing on 150 years in agriculture that can be accessed at the @MBGovAg Twitter page.
Other virtual resources being made available during Farm and Food Awareness Week include:
- The Bruce D. Campbell Farm and Food Discovery Centre has launched a number of unique at-home learning resources that are available online.
- Farm to School Manitoba is developing a series of hands-on videos launching this week with a focus on Manitoba grown vegetables.
“We look forward to celebrating Farm and Food Awareness Week every September, but this year, we had to change how we celebrate,” said Kristen Matwychuk, acting manager of the Bruce D. Campbell Farm and Food Discovery Centre. “Instead of public events, we are hosting a week-long online Farm and Food Awareness Week by releasing resources, activities, videos and fun facts online every day. With daily themes from food and family to sustainability, it is sure to be a fun week.”
Nearly 40,000 Manitobans work in the agricultural industry, contributing significantly to Manitoba’s economy.
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