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New resource brings agriculture lessons into Canadian schools

Guelph - A successful partnership between Farm & Food Care (FFC) and Agriculture in the Classroom Canada (AITC-C) has led to the completion of a national classroom resource designed to give students and teachers across Canada the opportunity to dig deeper into the latest edition of The Real Dirt on Farming (RDOF).
 
The Real Dirt on Farming in the Classroom was produced by AITC-C, working in collaboration with FFC. With the help of AITC-C’s provincial agriculture in the classroom organizations, it will be distributed digitally, along with the RDOF booklet, to classrooms across Canada. It was released today in celebration of Canada’s Agriculture Day.
 
Lesson plans in the 36-page document enable students to engage with the RDOF while examining its key topics – animal welfare, crops and plants, sustainability, agriculture policy, current issues in our food system and more.
 
The Real Dirt on Farming in the Classroom accompanies the fifth edition of the RDOF booklet which was released in November, 2020. To date, 4.5 million copies of the prior editions have been distributed across Canada to libraries, doctors’ offices, Registered Dietitians, political leaders, educators, and through inserts in national publications.
 
Bonnie den Haan, Chair of Farm & Food Care Ontario, said that the partnership between AITC-C and Farm & Food Care builds on the strengths of both organizations. “Working with AITC-C to create this curriculum-based document will extend the reach of our flagship publication even further. We’re excited to see this partnership taking The Real Dirt on Farming into classrooms from coast to coast.”
 
“We are pleased to bring The Real Dirt on Farming in the Classroom into the hands of Canadian educators,” said Johanne Ross, Executive Director of AITC-C. “We want students to be curious and excited about learning about Canada’s agriculture and food story. Through this resource, we are providing teachers with a link to bring this story to life in the classroom.”
Source : Farm & Food Care

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