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Elmwood High School students
enjoyed a Made in Manitoba breakfast and explored agri-careers during a visit
from Agriculture in the Classroom.
The non-profit organization, which
visited Elmwood on Oct. 24, provides curriculum based programming for teachers
and students to learn more about the role of agriculture in Manitoba.
“We’ve been doing a lot in class
with the programs Agriculture in the Classroom offers,” said Elmwood science
and mathematics teacher Jenna Forslund. “With the presentation and the locally
sourced breakfast, students will get more insight on sustainable practices in
the province and the importance of locally sourcing our food.”
The breakfast—which consisted of
pancakes, canola margarine and honey, pork and chicken sausages, eggs and
chocolate milk—was served by local farmers and agricultural workers.
Students also learned the breadth
of products produced by Manitoba agriculture, from food to cosmetics to
medicine and more.
“Agriculture is everywhere…even the
clothes on your back are tied to agriculture,” said Agriculture in the
Classroom—Manitoba’s Tenesha Lawson.
Students learned that 2.2 million Canadians are employed in agriculture today, which accounts for one in eight jobs.
one in eight
Manitoba jobs are linked to agriculture, from agri-business to transportation
“This program is meant to relay to
students living in urban settings that agriculture is not just a rural
practice. There are many opportunities available to those living in the city,”
Ms. Forslund said. “Hopefully this will give students some career inspirations
Ms. Lawson said that those careers
will become more prevalent as the world population continues to grow.
“The population is growing…and it
will be your generation that has to face those challenges to feed over 9 billion people by 2050,” she told students.
The program also visited Gordon
Bell High School and Tyndall Park Community School this fall.
For more information on Agriculture
in the Classroom, visit aitc.mb.ca .