Learning Where Food Comes From
The Made in Manitoba Breakfast program is organized by Agriculture in the Classroom (AITC) – Manitoba, Inc., a non-profit charitable organization that works to connect Canadian teachers and students to agriculture.
The program travels across Manitoba feeding students full, hot breakfasts made with products from Manitoba farmers. Before each breakfast, the students take part in an education program that helps them explore the agriculture industry and learn where their food comes from.
“The Made in Manitoba Breakfast program is an exciting and engaging way to connect students of all ages to where their food comes from,” said Trish Jordan, public and industry affairs lead for Monsanto Canada. “It helps them appreciate the fact that farmers are producing a delicious, abundant supply of safe and nutritious food right here in Manitoba. It’s a celebration of food, farmers and agriculture.”
Students also learn about possible careers and job opportunities in agriculture. The program changes depending on the grade level, but kids are shown how almost every possible job has a connection to agriculture. AITC works with Faculty of Agriculture Outreach personnel to tailor a program specific to agriculture related careers for high school students, helping them understand the entrance requirements and skills sets required for a career in their chosen field.
The Monsanto Fund has contributed $137,000 to the Made in Manitoba Program, and thanks to a recent grant, AITC was able to expand the program to 30 new rural communities.
Inspiring All Youth Through Science
Activities such as making homemade astronaut ice cream, extracting DNA from wheat germ, and building model greenhouses prove to students in the Actua science programs that science is more than just a subject found in a textbook.
With a $75,000 grant from the Monsanto Fund, Actua delivered high-quality and engaging science experiences to:
- More than 21,000 Aboriginal youth via its National Aboriginal Outreach Program
- Nearly 4,000 girls via the Actua National Girls Program
- More than 6,000 underprivileged or at-risk youth in the Go Where Kids Are initiative
Actua is Canada’s leading youth outreach organization that delivers life-changing science, engineering and technology programming. Independent research has shown that because of their Actua experience, 84 percent of participants felt they would do better in math and science in school.
Agriculture Biotechnology Enrichment (ABE) Program
The Pembina Trails School Division in Winnipeg introduced the Agriculture Biotechnology Enrichment (ABE) program in 2001. The program works with high school teachers and students to introduce new and authentic science concepts being applied in medical and agricultural research. It also serves to expose high school students to the exciting research, science and career opportunities in the field of biotechnology. The Monsanto Fund has contributed $150,000 to the ABE program, helping to ensure it continues to educate students.
This article is excerpted from Monsanto’s 2010-2011 Fund Report. To see the full report, please visit MonsantoFund.org.