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Ontario investing in agri-food literacy tools for students


November 28, 2019
By Top Crop Manager

Over the next year, the Ontario government will provide up to $400,000 to AgScape, an organization that delivers curriculum-linked learning materials and programming in classrooms across the province. Students will learn about food production, the links between food, farming and health, and how to get involved and build a career in the agri-food industry.

“When students learn the ABCs of the agri-food industry, they’ll quickly realize that it’s so much more than cows and plows – it’s a driving force for innovation and economic growth in our province,” said Ernie Hardeman, the province’s minister of agriculture, food and rural affairs.

“We are grateful for OMAFRA’s ongoing support to help build our capacity and connect more Ontario students to the thriving world of agriculture and food each year. Through this project, more students will be curious, conscious and will think critically as they explore their food choices and careers in the industry,” said Glenna Banda, executive director of AgScape.

Through the government’s support this year, AgScape will expand its Teacher Ambassador Program, deliver its Agri-Trekking Across Ontario interactive game, host learning events such as Agri-Career Competitions and develop curriculum-linked learning resources.

AgScape is a charitable organization providing objective, fact-based and curriculum-linked resources to Ontario schools on agriculture, food production, environmental sustainability and related topics. The organization refers to themselves as “the voice of Agriculture in the Classroom Ontario.” Agriculture in the Classroom is a national organization that works with member organizations across provinces to promote agricultural education in Canada.