By Jaycee Peutert, Farm Management Extension Specialist, Moose Jaw
As December rolls along, the holiday season begins to shine through everywhere we go. This month, we wanted to highlight the season of giving aspect of the Christmas holidays. Saskatchewan is proud to have organizations that make a difference in their own way and make our industry stronger and more resilient. Each of the following groups do great work in their own areas reaching their designated audiences to strengthen our industry as a whole.
4-H Saskatchewan works with youth to develop invaluable skills in areas such as leadership, self-confidence and building a sense of community. Members learn these skills through 4-H’s “Learn to Do by Doing” concept with more than 50 different project options available to choose from. Youth are engaged in the 4-H components of their pledge; “I pledge my HEAD to clearer thinking, my HEART to greater loyalty, my HANDS to larger service, my HEALTH to better living for my club, my community, my country and my world.” 4-H has become one of Canada’s most valued youth programs with roots dating back over a century. Visit their website to learn more about the group, how you can get involved or to donate.
Agriculture in the Classroom Saskatchewan
Agriculture in the Classroom Saskatchewan (AITC-SK) partners with the agriculture industry and education communities to connect kids and agriculture through innovative, experiential, curriculum-based programs and resources. The organization strives to strengthen the agriculture industry as a whole now and in the future by creating well-informed consumers. They help students understand where their food comes from, the importance of science and technology in sustainably producing food and to show that farmers care for both the land and their animals. In a society with immediate access to information, both good and bad, AITC-SK helps students think critically about the information they are exposed to, especially when it comes to food production. There are many ways to get involved with AITC-SK, whether it be donating funds to for resource development, donating your time to present to a classroom in March during Canadian Agriculture Literacy Month and more.
Farm and Food Care Saskatchewan
Farm and Food Care Saskatchewan works to find new and innovative ways to introduce farmers, ranchers and others involved in food production to the consumers of their food. They organize a number of programs to narrow the gap between consumers and farmers whose passions are growing and raising safe and affordable food. They champion the agriculture industry and strive to build public trust. You can get involved in a number of ways such as hosting a farm tour, volunteering your time or donating funds.
Do More Agriculture Foundation
The Do More Agriculture Foundation (Do More Ag) has recently received registered charity status as they champion the mental well being of all Canadian producers. They strive to create open conversations around mental health in agriculture through three key areas: awareness and education to break the stigma that surrounds mental health, community to create a space of belonging and acceptance and research to produce resources for those struggling with mental health. Do More Ag is dedicated to supporting agriculture industry initiatives such as Rural Mental Health First Aid Training (for which applications are now open).
All four of these organizations are making a difference in their own way and help to make our industry stronger and more resilient.