Follow the farmers virtually

Ag in the Classroom’s new virtual farm tour program launched

A still taken from a promotional video for AITC-M’s Follow the Farmer program.

Agriculture in the Classroom — Manitoba is launching a new program of virtual farm tours for kids in Grades 3 to 6.

“This new program will help bring farming and agriculture to classrooms across the province in a time when getting out to a farm is just not possible,” said Sue Clayton, the group’s executive director, in a prepared release. “Since students can’t go to the farm, we’re bringing the farms to them, giving them the opportunity to learn, ask questions and increase their overall ag literacy.”

Students will have the opportunity to tour local Manitoba farms and engage with those farmers to learn about where their food comes from. In the first year they will tour the following farms:

  • Herbsigwil Farms, October 26
  • Signer Dairy Farm – November 17
  • Blue Ribbon Swine and Prairie View Pork – February (date t.b.a.)
  • Dusty Ridge Ranch – May (date t.b.a.)

Each tour will also have a curriculum-linked activity or resource for the teachers to use, along with a lesson plan to bring it all together.

The video tours will be pre-recorded, to help avoid technical difficulties when inside barns and in rural areas.

Teachers can go to AITC-M’s website to find out more and register for the program.

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