Agriculture in the Classroom

Another Successful Year

(Winnipeg, MB April 22, 2010) – Agriculture in the Classroom – Manitoba (AITC-M) celebrated another successful year at their 21st Annual General Meeting on April 20th, 2010 at the Richardson Center for Functional Foods and Nutraceuticals.

Approximately 70 people joined AITC-M staff and board to acknowledge the growth and achievements AITC-M has accomplished over this past year. New programs, increased membership support, and broadened profile and a reach to over 20,000 students and teachers in 2009 were just a few things to celebrate this year.

Following the formalities of the annual general meeting and a delicious lunch, the audience was engaged in a panel discussion around the public’s perception of agriculture. Panel members included Al Raine from Richardson International representing the industry’s view, David Wreford bringing his media background to the topic and Jason Falk talked about what he sees looking from his barn doors out. The conversation spread out into the audience with great ideas, thought provoking questions and insight coming from a wide range of participants.

After the panel discussion the Richardson Centre for Functional Foods and Nutraceuticals gratefully welcomed meeting goers to explore their centre with an insightful tour of their facilities.

Outgooing AITc-M president Scott Van Alstyne stated: “As I look ahead I see many things to look forward to. Continued growth in AITc-M’s membership support and the building of a strong foundation of people and funding to enhance AITC-M’s future work. Partnerships are key and we are building new ones every day. Development of new programming has become a real and vital part of AITC-M’s plans forward. We are doing great work presently, but we plan to expand and grow significantly over the next five years.”

Agriculture in the Classroom Manitoba is a non-profit organization supported by individuals and the agriculture industry. Its mandate is to heighten the awareness and importance of agriculture in Manitoba schools. The organization runs several programs throughout the year including the Amazing Agriculture Adventure, the Made in MB Breakfast program, farm tours and other educational events. AITC-M also develops and distributes teacher resources to help deliver agriculture information for use within the school curriculum.

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For more information, please contact:

Johanne Ross - Executive Director
Agriculture in the Classroom-Manitoba Inc.
(866) 487-4029
(204) 867-0437 (cell)
johanne@aitc.mb.ca