Agriculture for Life (Ag for Life) is excited to be part of the 10th annual Canadian Agriculture Literacy Month (CALM), an initiative by Agriculture in the Classroom Canada (AITC-C) that encourages students to celebrate Canada’s agriculture and food story.
Each year, CALM helps thousands of Canadian students from K to 12 to learn about, connect to, understand and grow appreciation for agriculture. CALM is a hands-on program designed to be integrated into classrooms in the month of March. Educating students about the significant affect the agriculture and food sector has on our daily lives as Canadians is what makes CALM so impactful.
Like most events for 2021, CALM activities and events across Canada are going virtual. Each province will offer special events and featured resources to connect students, teachers and families with Our Food, Our Story. Ag for Life will deliver interactive agriculture learning opportunities for elementary, junior and senior high students in Alberta in two ways.
Elementary students will have access to virtual read-out-louds that will feature children’s literature celebrating our food and Canadian agriculture. The online read-out-louds can be viewed in class, assigned via an online platform, or watched together in a virtual classroom.
For the junior and senior high students, a four-part webinar series will highlight our main agriculture commodities and address production practices, science literacy, sustainability and opportunity from farm to fork. Teachers who register will receive a digital teacher guide and accompanying resources, as well as a complimentary teacher package including a class set of “The Real Dirt on Farming” publication.
“With this program, we are bringing agriculture to life in the classroom and empowering young minds to become leaders in agriculture, sustainability, food production and nutrition,” said Luree Williamson, CEO, Ag for Life.
“After all, the future of agriculture depends on the next generation to create solutions for feeding a growing population while protecting our planet.”
“AITC-C is thrilled to host Canadian Agriculture Literacy Month in 2021 and celebrate ten years of sharing the Canadian agriculture and food story with students from coast to coast,” said Johanne Ross, AITC-C executive director.
“We can reach even more classrooms this year by bringing the program totally online and making meaningful connections between tens of thousands of students and those of us that work in the agri-food sector.”
More information about this program can be found at www.agricultureforlife.ca/calm.