Like many students Agriculture in the Classroom-Manitoba (AITC-M) impacts, I didn’t grow-up on a farm but it was through my education and work experience where I was able to learn about this amazing industry and develop a passion for agriculture education.
One of the first times I volunteered for AITC-M, a student told a volunteer that they were so surprised to discover that flour didn’t come from powdered marshmallows but came from wheat. Experiences like this reinforce my desire to support teachers and students with accurate, balanced and current information about agriculture, so they can foster healthy relationships with food and farmers.
AITC-M plays a vital role in offering incredible hands-on learning opportunities where students and teachers can learn, ask questions, and think critically about the messages they hear about food. Students should understand how their food is produced and processed, because these young minds are the future of this incredible, dynamic industry. I am proud of the role AITC-M plays provincially, and nationally with AITC Canada, to ensure the next generation is equipped with well informed, passionate decision makers. The future looks bright for Canadian agriculture.