For Immediate Release
10th Amazing Agriculture Adventure Embraces Rural Routes!
(Winnipeg, MB June 24, 2009) – An adventurous group of grade 4 and 5 students are going to learn all about agriculture. From the farm gate to the products they eat and use everyday, they will learn the ins and outs of agriculture one station at a time. And now it will be on REAL working farms!
Agriculture in the Classroom-MB Inc. is celebrating its tenth year with the Amazing Agriculture Adventure, a program designed to give students a hands-on interactive experience with all aspects of agriculture. The ten year celebration in Winnipeg will be all that more amazing with the event being held between two new venues: Richardson’s Kelburn Farm and the Faculty of Agricultural and Food Sciences’ Glenlea Research Station.
“Agriculture in the Classroom – Manitoba is dedicated in cultivating an interest in agriculture, and the Amazing Agriculture Adventure is one of our most critical programs. When the need for a new venue became clear, we were thrilled that Richardson International Ltd. and The Faculty of Agricultural and Food Sciences were quick to rise to the occasion and offer us their farms for the students to experience.” says executive director Johanne Ross. “We enjoy engaging students through interactive, hands-on experiences that get them up close and personal with agriculture. With the use of these two working farms, students will be more engaged than ever before and have the opportunity to feel that they have actually been on and experienced true working farms!”
"Richardson is very pleased to partner with Agriculture in the Classroom in introducing children to modern agriculture in an authentic and dynamic learning environment," says Curt Vossen, President of Richardson International Limited. "We are a family-owned agriculture business deeply rooted in people. Because of this, we believe strongly in teaching tomorrow's farmers and consumers where their food comes from and helping to ensure that future generations continue to appreciate and support the economical, societal and ecological value of agriculture."
Over 1000 amazing students will be going on this agriculture adventure September 15th through the 17th. Students will work their way through 18 interactive stations at the two venues to learn about the many different aspects of agriculture. From crushing canola, to the inner workings of a combine and the difference between meat and milk producing cattle, the students will get their minds full and their hands dirty. Through strong support from the Kelburn Farm and Gleanlea Research Station, the Amazing Agriculture Adventure is a fun and interactive field trip for grade 4 and 5 students to learn more about the agriculture community.
“The University of Manitoba is strongly committed to community education,” says Michael Trevan, Dean of the Faculty of Agricultural and Food Sciences. “The Faculty is excited about supporting Agriculture in the Classroom - Manitoba in this very popular and effective program, which shares our goal of strengthening the public’s awareness of the importance of agriculture. This is also a great opportunity for young people to discover that the business of agriculture and food production is full of interesting careers.”
Agriculture in the Classroom- Manitoba Inc. is a non-profit organization supported by individuals and the agriculture industry. The organization runs several programs throughout the year including the Amazing Agriculture Adventure, the Made in Manitoba Breakfast program, farm tours and other special events. AITC-M also develops and distributes teacher resources to help deliver agriculture information for use within the school curriculum.
Media will be invited to attend these events. Please contact us to make arrangements.
For more information, please contact:
Agriculture in the Classroom-Manitoba Inc.
(204) 867-0437 (cell)