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Middle school students from across the province will learn about agriculture at Ag Days.

Full house expected at AITC-M’s Ag Days Adventure

The event attracts Grade 7 and 8 students from throughout the province

Once again Ag in the Classroom — Manitoba will seize the opportunity to open a few eyes to the interesting world of agriculture at Ag Days. Once again they’ll be hosting the Manitoba Ag Days Adventure for middle school students at the event in the Keystone Centre. This year’s theme, “Think Global — Act Local”



Students from Carman Collegiate present on how they taught elementary aged kids about watersheds and conservation at an MCDA conference in Winnipeg on Dec. 4.

Manitoba students turn conservation teachers

High school students developed lesson plans for elementary schoolchildren

Students from Pilot Mound, Swan Valley and Carman won recognition and cash for teaching kids about watershed conservation in the first Healthy Watersheds Student Project competition. “It’s a pleasure to watch these kids,” said Cliff Greenfield, manager of Pembina Valley Conservation District as he announced the first-place winners at a Manitoba Conservation Districts Association conference on Dec. 3. The assignment asked Grade 8 to

Educators Leah Obach and Devon Caldwell are adding

The ‘Kenton Girls’ are educating the educators

Passion for teaching and lifelong learning leads two Manitoba teachers on a unique adventure

As teachers and students from across the province headed back to school this fall, two women from Kenton embarked on new roles in the classroom of life. As educators, they have become teachers to the teachers, by taking their classroom roles to a whole other level with KG (Kenton Girls) Education, an online and in-person



Shoal Lake Grade 12 student Austin Tataryn received his laptop from Richardson Pioneer representative Rick Kienas at a June 12 presentation at Shoal Lake School.

Gently used laptops find a new home

Former Richardson employee works with the company to donate surplus machines to high school graduates

Thirty high school students from Shoal Lake and Strathclair each recently received a refurbished laptop thanks to a joint initiative by Shoal Lake School alumna Jennifer Stefansson and Richardson International Limited. The new program is for high school graduates who have contributed to their community but do not have a laptop and intend to pursue

Michael Bighetty (l to r), Ethan Hunter, Dylan Stebeleski and Orin McKay, were among the students
testing the water quality of the Oak River.

Shoal Lake students learn to be river scientists

School program to test Oak River water brings positive results

Issues stemming from the health and level of the lake, have been as concerning to a group of students and their teacher at the Shoal Lake School, as they are to landowners and recreational users. While the Grade 7/8 students let municipal and provincial officials settle the course of action on the level of Shoal

KAP has complained for years that the current model of education taxation is unfair to farmers.

KAP renews call for education tax reform

The farm group also calls for continued local autonomy for school boards through elected trustees

Farmers are paying too big a share of education taxes in many municipalities, the Keystone Agricultural Producers (KAP) says in a submission to the Manitoba government’s Commission on Kindergarten to Grade 12 Education. “KAP therefore recommends that the commission explore moving away from funding education through property taxes and evaluate alternative funding methods in Manitoba,


Easton Sellers and his fiancée Olivia Carey, with Rupert.

Comment: Growing a new crop of graduates

The U of M diploma agriculture program has broad appeal, even to those without an agriculture background

Originally from Florida, Easton Sellers was on a retreat at a Buddhist monastery in 2014 when he heard about an opportunity to volunteer at an organic farm in far-off Manitoba. He explains: “I wanted to learn about gardening and sustainability, so I travelled to work at Plum Ridge Farm in the Interlake. My work there

Stewart Akerley and his current LTG Garden at La Verendrye School in Portage la Prairie.

Keep CALM and garden on

This elementary school teacher takes joy in teaching his students about food production

From the moment you step into his classroom, Stewart Akerley’s unbridled energy, passion and enthusiasm for teaching is evident. My husband and I first met this Portage la Prairie School Division elementary teacher when we volunteered for Canadian Agriculture Literacy Month (CALM) in March 2015. This was also Akerley’s first year of participating in Agriculture