Food Farms season has begun!
It's Food Farm season, and our team at AITC-SK couldn't be more excited! Food Farms is a program that helps students learn about where their food comes from through actively participating in growing ingredients for familiar foods such as pizza, burgers and fries. Grade 3 students plant seeds in the spring and then come back in the fall to harvest their crops! They also get the chance to learn about other exciting agriculture topics that range from where milk comes from to farm safety.
We kicked off the season on Thursday, May 25th in Lanigan at our partner's Blair's. Students came from Lanigan, Leroy, and Drake and they braved the wind and a bit of rain for an exciting learning experience. Their day included sessions on Farm Safety where students tried to identify between everyday consumable items and harmful substances, as well had a grain entrapment demonstration; Sask Milk where students made butter and learned fun facts about dairy cows; Bees where students learned about Mason bees and had a chance to win one of their habitats; Planting Seeds where students planted corn, onions, lettuce, and more while learning about proper planting and growing conditions; Transplanting & Seeding Crops which gave the students a chance to plant potatoes, tomatoes and peppers, as well as lentils and canola; and Soil where students engaged with different nutrient and soil types and ended with painting a picture with soil. Students were also treated to a pizza meal!
When asked what their favorite session of the day was, the most popular response was 'all of them!'
Our second Food Farm took place on Friday, May 26th in Watrous, again with our wonderful partners Blair's, where students came from Watrous, Viscount, Nokomis, Colonsay and Imperial. It was a rambunctious group of students, but our volunteers keep them excited and engaged as they participated in the sessions and hands-on activities.
We are looking forward to the next Food Farms coming up in Saskatoon, and then moving in to June we head to Yorkton, Swift Current, Melfort, Moose Jaw, Kindersley and ending in Prince Albert. Be sure to follow us on Facebook and Twitter to see photos from the events, as well sign up for our Newsletter to be notified when registration opens for our 2018 Food Farms!