Agriculture in the Classroom

From Our Farms to Your Fridgee

(Winnipeg, MB March 16, 2010) – A dedicated group of grade 10 students are going to learn all about agriculture as they Discover Agriculture in the City at the Forks Market in Winnipeg on Friday, March 19th at 9:30am. From the farm gate to the products they eat and use everyday, they will learn that Agriculture is all around you! Living in the city may feel a long way from the farm, but every day we eat, wear, drive, or touch a piece of agriculture.

The big news that morning and we do mean BIG, will be the World’s Biggest Bowl of Oatmeal. The Guinness World Record Attempt will take place right at the Forks Market during the Made in Manitoba Breakfast program at 9:30am. Minister of Manitoba Agriculture, Food and Rural Initiatives, Stan Struthers will be on hand to kick off the morning.

A group of 100 students from Oak Park and Shaftsbury high schools will also participate. The lucky students will bring their appetites to AITC-M’s successful Made in Manitoba Breakfast program when they arrive at the Forks, tasting delicious food products, which were all produced right here in Manitoba by Manitoba farmers. These farmers will be on hand to interact with the students and serve up the food, including porridge from the 400 liter pot of oatmeal!

Following the breakfast the students will take part in a Discover Agriculture Race. Students will work their way through the agriculture booths on display answering questions and gathering clues. Once they have gathered all of the clues they will work to decode the answer and quickly text it in to win great prizes.

“Agriculture in the Classroom – Manitoba is dedicated to cultivating an interest in agriculture. This is easy as agriculture is such an integral part of Manitoba’s culture and an important part of everyday life.” says executive director Johanne Ross. “We enjoy engaging students through interactive, hands-on experiences that get them up close and personal with agriculture. We are thrilled to play a strong role at the Agriculture in the City event in Winnipeg.”

Everyone is invited to visit Agriculture in the City at the Forks Market and test your knowledge of our “Mystery Tools” at the AITC-M’s display. Hours of the event are Friday: 9:30am – 9:00pm and Saturday/Sunday 9:30am – 6:30pm. For a complete activity schedules check out the website at www.aginthecity.ca

Agriculture in the Classroom- Manitoba Inc. is a non-profit organization supported by individuals and the agriculture industry. The organization runs several programs throughout the year including the Amazing Agriculture Adventure, The Amazing Agriculture Race, farm tours and other special events. AITC-M also develops and distributes teacher resources to help deliver agriculture information for use within the school curriculum.

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Media are encouraged to attend these events. Please contact us to make arrangements.
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
www.aitc.mb.ca