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Learning about Food Production from the Ground Up

By Katelyn Duncan, Regional Agriculture Awareness Specialist

Food Farms are ‘growing’ across the province, and harvest starts this week. Grade 3 and 4 students get to harvest the crops that go into some of their favorite foods. This year menus will range from burgers and fries, to hummus and chips, and pizza!

After recently becoming involved in the planning process, I have no doubt that Food Farms are a fantastic way to educate children about food production. What better way to introduce children to farming, then to have them go through the planting and harvesting process of growing crops themselves.

Food Farms are designed to enhance agriculture awareness amongst youth. With less than two per cent of the Canadian population directly involved in a farming operation, it is no wonder consumers are disconnected with how crops are grown and food is produced. By developing an interactive, hands-on experiential learning opportunity, children are able see firsthand what farmers do for them, and us, every day.

By helping an estimated 1200 children make the connection between food and farming  this year, they’ll better understand where their food comes from, how it is produced, and why we employ the practices we do. I can’t wait to watch them learn when seeding starts next week!

If you can, be sure to stop by one of the Food Farms near you:

 

Location

Harvest Date

Directions

Email/Phone

Swift Current

September 27
9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.

HIGHWAY #1/#4 Intersection-
east of number 4 highway on the south service road,
on an unmarked road, close to the creek.

kari.burnett@gov.sk.ca

306- 778- 8216

Moose Jaw

September 29
9:30 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.

North of Moose Jaw, two miles east on the
North Service Road.

valerie.panko@gov.sk.ca

306- 694- 8999

Yorkton

September 20 and 21
9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.

From Yorkton:
-Highway 10 East from Yorkton
-South On Range Road 40
-1 Mile South
-Pizza farm site on east side of road

naomi.paley@gov.sk.ca

306- 786- 1686

Melfort

September 20
9:00 a.m. - 2:40 p.m.

710 Hamilton Ave in Melfort
(Gateway Vet Services)

alicia.sopatyk@gov.sk.ca

306- 878- 8847

Saskatoon

September 27 and 28
9:30 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.

Monsanto Research Farm-
Highway 41 and Fleury Road.

leah.clark@gov.sk.ca

306- 946- 3237

Outlook

October 14
10:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.

Canada-Saskatchewan Irrigation
Diversification Centre (CSIDC
)
 – south of Outlook on highway 15.

Kaeley.Kindrachuk@gov.sk.ca

306- 867- 5559

Prince Albert

September 20 and 21
9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.

From Prince Albert:
-21 km south of Prince Albert on Hwy 2
-About 1 km east
-Watch for signs.

andre.bonneau@gov.sk.ca

306- 953- 2361

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