AITC News

Check out the latest AITC national and provincial programs and other exciting news from the agriculture industry.

Six students awarded first-ever G3 Grow Beyond Scholarship

Six students awarded first-ever G3 Grow Beyond Scholarship

G3, in partnership with Agriculture in the Classroom Canada (AITC-C), is excited to announce the first recipients of the G3 Grow Beyond Scholarship.

Six students are each being awarded a $4000 scholarship, with a further $1000 awarded to each of their high schools.

G3 and AITC-C offered the scholarship for the first time in 2020 to students embarking on a post secondary education. As part of their applications, students were asked to submit a video essay describing how they would bring innovation to agriculture.

Read the full media release here.

Agriculture in the Classroom Reaches Over 2 Million Students in 2019 and Elects New Executive Officers

Agriculture in the Classroom Reaches Over 2 Million Students in 2019 and Elects New Executive Officers

Agriculture in the Classroom Canada (AITC-C) has announced its four newly elected Board Executive Officers at its 6th Annual General Meeting held virtually this week. AITC-C represents ten provincial member organizations dedicated to delivering agriculture education to students and teachers. These organizations also offer a representative who sits on AITC-C’s Board of Directors.

At the Annual General Meeting AITC-C Executive Director, Johanne Ross, released AITC-C's 2019/2020 Impact Report that boasted reaching a phenomenal 2,102,844 students from coast-to-coast.

Read the full media release here.

Québec's École-O-Champ Named as Newest AITC-C Member

Québec's École-O-Champ Named as Newest AITC-C Member

AITC-C welcomes École-O-Champ as the newest provincial member with President Mathieu Rouleau joining AITC-C as Director.

AITC-C represents ten committed provincial member organizations that deliver agriculture education to classrooms in their home provinces.  The addition of École-O-Champ, a Québec-based nonprofit organization committed to the education and promotion of agricultural, food, and environmental sciences in schools, farms, and municipalities across Québec, cements AITC-C's strong presence from coast-to-coast in all ten provinces.

Read the full media release here.

CALM 2020

CALM 2020

AITC-C, along with nine provincial member organizations, is excited to launch its 9th annual Canadian Agriculture Literacy Month (CALM).

CALM is an engaging experiential opportunity that encourages students from K to 12 in all 10 provinces to learn about and celebrate Canada’s incredible agriculture and food story. By connecting classrooms with farmers and those with a deep connection to agriculture, students and teachers learn firsthand about this sector through the incredible story shared by the volunteer visiting with them.

Building on the success from 2019, this year will be AITC-C’s busiest yet! AITC-C organizations are on track to reach approximately 70,000 students in more than 2000 classrooms from coast to coast.

Read the full media release here.

Find out more here.

Introducing the G3 Grow Beyond Scholarship

Introducing the G3 Grow Beyond Scholarship

G3, in partnership with Agriculture in the Classroom Canada, is proud to present an exciting new scholarship opportunity. The G3 Grow Beyond Scholarship will be presented for the first time in 2020, to six high school students who are embarking on a post-secondary education and have innovative ideas for agriculture in Canada.

Read the media release here.

Check out the scholarship page here.

engAGe Montreal

engAGe Montreal

More than 500 urban high school students and their educators are set to descend on the Rialto Theatre in Montreal where Agriculture in the Classroom Canada (AITC-C) and the Centre de développement pour l’exercice de la citoyenneté (CDEC) will showcase a world of agriculture and food careers at the first ever engAGe event!

Read the full media release here.

Education Specialist Joins the AITC-C Team

Education Specialist Joins the AITC-C Team

(Winnipeg, Manitoba – May 15, 2019) Agriculture in the Classroom Canada’s (AITC-C) team grew by one this month with the addition of their new Education Specialist, Melissa Galay. Melissa, who is no stranger to the AITC family, was born and raised in Minnedosa, Manitoba and grew up with an understanding of agriculture and the importance of sharing that knowledge with others. She worked both as a summer student with AITC Manitoba and a Program Assistant for AITC-C before completing her education degree in Saskatchewan. Prior to starting her secondment with AITC-C in May 2019, Melissa was working as an agriculture educator with the Sun West School Division, developing and teaching online courses to accompany locally developed curriculum at the Sun West Distance Learning Centre.

Read the full media release here.

Alberta’s Agriculture for Life Named as Newest AITC-C Member

Alberta’s Agriculture for Life Named as Newest AITC-C Member

(Winnipeg, Manitoba – April 24, 2019) In March 2019, Agriculture for Life was named as Agriculture in the Classroom Canada’s (AITC-C) newest provincial member, with CEO Luree Williamson joining AITC-C as Director. AITC-C represents nine dedicated provincial member organizations that deliver agriculture education to classrooms in their home provinces, those organizations also offer a representative who sits on AITC-C’s Board of Directors.

Agriculture for Life is an Alberta-based charitable organization dedicated to developing a stronger understanding and appreciation of agriculture and helping people to recognize its fundamental connection to life.

Read the full media release here (English PDF)

Communications Manager Announced for AITC-C

Communications Manager Announced for AITC-C

(Ottawa, Ontario) On April 8, 2019, Agriculture in the Classroom-Canada (AITC-C) will welcome Kim Sabourin as its new Communications Manager, based in Ottawa.

Kim Sabourin, born in Calgary, Alberta and raised just west of Ottawa, has primarily worked in the not-for-profit sector in communication and community relations’ roles. Kim has worked in the field of International Education and is currently the Manager of Communications and Member Engagement with the Canadian Seed Trade Association (CSTA). CSTA is where Kim got her start in agriculture and where she truly developed her passion for food and advocating for agriculture. Through engaging with CSTA members, partners and stakeholders Kim developed an understanding of the industry and an appreciation for the critical work being done. While at CSTA, Kim has had the opportunity to manage their brand refresh, develop a new website for the Association, reimagine many communication tools and more. While it will be difficult for her to leave CSTA, Kim is very excited about the opportunity to join AITC-C.

Read the full media release here (PDF).

Canadian Agriculture Literacy Month 2019

Canadian Agriculture Literacy Month 2019

Annual Canadian Agriculture Literacy Month 2019 will reach over 40,000 students!

Headingley, MB, March 1, 2019 – Agriculture in the Classroom - Canada (AITC-C), representing nine provincial Agriculture in the Classroom organizations, will participate in the eighth annual Canadian Agriculture Literacy Month (CALM) in schools across Canada for the month of March.

CALM is a hands-on program that encourages children to learn about and celebrate Canada’s agriculture and food story in various ways, including reading books about farming and food, watching videos and meeting with farmers and others in the agriculture industry. Building an awareness for students about the connection they have to local farmers and the agriculture and food sector is what makes CALM so impactful.

Click for the full media release in English or French.

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