By Tamara Wolfe, Agriculture Awareness Intern
Literacy is the foundation for all learning, which is why Agriculture in the Classroom Canada celebrates Canadian Agriculture Literacy Month (CALM) annually in classrooms across the country every March! The month-long initiative begins on March 1, 2019, and connects students and teachers with producers and industry members across the country. They share exciting stories about food, build relationships, and communicate about agriculture.
Complementary to October’s Agriculture Month theme, ‘Our Food Has A Story’, CALM is the perfect time to tell our food stories in a hands-on, creative way. Providing opportunities to engage students in activities to learn about, connect to, and understand the agriculture industry is an important way in which we can build trust in modern agriculture.
In the months leading up to March, Agriculture in the Classroom-Saskatchewan (AITC-SK) will be coordinating classroom visits with interested Saskatchewan farmers and agriculture industry representatives to volunteer during CALM. Come March, volunteers will read a book provided by AITC-SK, and share their personal agriculture story to their assigned class of students. Events and activities will run throughout the month to teach students about agriculture and its importance in our daily lives.
CALM provides the opportunity for students to meet the people who grow their food – putting a face to the food we eat. It is our chance to talk about agriculture’s past, present, and future, and to answer all sorts of questions students have about our industry. Be sure to brush up on your manure talk, because this is always a hot topic with young students.
Literacy is the foundation for future learning and helps set the tone for how youth feel about agriculture and food. In order to ensure our youth have a positive perception of agriculture, we need to connect them to agriculture and share our food stories with them.
CALM needs YOU to be the face of agriculture! Share your pride for Saskatchewan agriculture and volunteer to visit a classroom in March. You can learn more and sign up to volunteer through the CALM website. The deadline to register is January 31, 2019.
Make sure to reach out to your friends, family, and local teachers about CALM so they can sign up for a classroom visit too.
Let’s share our love for agriculture and education with youth this March!