Canadian Agriculture Literacy Month (CALM)
Mois de la littératie agricole canadienne (MLAC)
CALM is a hands-on program that brings agriculture into classrooms and encourages students to learn about and celebrate Canadian agriculture. Many students don’t fully understand what agriculture is. By telling students why you love Canadian agriculture and giving them a glimpse of what you do, you will open their eyes to new knowledge, help them build a stronger appreciation for the food they eat, and for the role agriculture plays in their lives.
All teachers will be provided with a hands-on agriculture activity and an agriculture themed book in addition to a classroom visit from you – our volunteers!
Every year, we need a team of over 150 volunteers to meet the demand for CALM. If you are passionate about sharing your story and want to present to students in the classroom, we will take as many presentations as you're willing to offer. French AND English speaking volunteers needed!
Please note! Last year, we changed the focus of this program to allow us and our volunteers to take advantage of the great agriculture curriculum connections with grades 2 to 4 students.
Who: Grades 2 to 4 students
Date: March 2024
Where: Manitoba classrooms
Time: 45-60 minutes
How: We match you with a teacher and you arrange a date and time with your teacher in March for your presentation
Register to Volunteer
Presentation Details/Things to think about:
- We will provide training to provide you with ideas and tips on how you can put together an engaging presentation. As a CALM volunteer, you will still share YOUR story!
- Think about what you want to share about what you do in agriculture. How can you tell your story in a fun and engaging way to students? Think pictures, props, interesting stories… you could even make a video from your farm or workplace to show students!
- The 2024 CALM classroom activity, Caring for Our Watershed (EN/FR), provides students with the opportunity to explore watersheds – what they are, which one they belong to, how they function and why caring for our watersheds is important. As a volunteer, you will help them discover what farmers and those in the agriculture industry do to ensure the sustainability of our watersheds and help students to discover ways that they too can care for their watershed.
New to volunteering with AITC-M?
You will need to:
- Go to aitcdashboard.ca
- Create a volunteer profile with your name and email address.
- Fill out a volunteer application.
- Once your application is approved, log back into your account and register for CALM.
Save your username and password to register to volunteer for any of our programs!