March: Agricultural Literacy Month

Agriculture in the Classroom Canada

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In March, all the different member organizations of Agriculture in the Classroom-Canada (AITC) celebrate Canadian Agricultural Literacy Month (CALM) with the participation of many schools from across the country.  Each province has a representative organization who is in charge of delivering the program in their region.

École-O-Champ is the AITC representative for Quebec and has several activities to allow the youth to discover agriculture and to meet the people behind the food on our plate. On the menu are several activities such as classroom visits from farmers and workers in the agricultural industry and also educational visits to farms!

The 2020 edition in Quebec included the following activities:

Spring break camp at Bois de Belle-Rivière Educational Park:

To kick off agricultural literacy month, École-O-Champ organized a 1 day camp for the whole family at Bois de Belle-Rivière Educational Park, to talk about agricultural production in Quebec during the winter. The youth had the opportunity to participate in different activities on the educational farm such as learning about Canada's heritage animals and a maple syrup production.

Télé-O-Champ, Vidéo clips:

During the month of March 2020, Ecole-O-Champ team developed educational video clips on various agricultural themes to allow everyone to explore the reality of producers and the farm. These clips will be about young farmers (from the FRAQ) and will give a window into the agricultural world, allowing the public to virtually visit farms in their region. The videos will be presented in elementary school classes visited by Ecole-O-Champ specialists. These short videos can also be shared with teachers in elementary schools in the regions of Laurentides, Lanaudière, Outaouais, Montérégie, Laval and Montréal. The UPA (Union des producteurs agricoles), our partner, will help with the distribution of these educational video clips.

Themes proposed for the development of video capsules:.
- Maple syrup production
- Dairy production
- Apple orchard
- Beekeeping

Prices

Classroom activities are funded by AITC.

The videos are broadcast for free on the web!

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