Classroom Agriculture Program needs volunteers in Alberta

Alberta’s Classroom Agriculture Program needs volunteers to talk to Grade 4 students about farming and food production.

Each year from April to June, more than 20,000 children get to meet with farmers, ranchers, veterinarians and other people involved in agriculture to learn about where their food comes from.

This year, the program is oversubscribed in Calgary, where more than 260 schools have signed on, but without more volunteers some schools may lose out.

Training and resource materials are available.

The Classroom Agriculture Program started in 1985 with start-up funds from the Alberta Cattle Commission.

Since it started, more than half a million children have participated.

Current program sponsors include the Alberta Barley Commission, Alberta Beef Producers, the Alberta Canola Producers Commission, Alberta Chicken Producers, Alberta Egg Producers, the Alberta Pulse Growers Commission, the Alberta Veterinary Medical Association, the Eastern Irrigation District, the Alberta Irrigation Project Association, Olds College and Agrium. Support also comes from the provincial education and agriculture departments.

To register as a CAP volunteer or for more information, please go to www.classroomagriculture.com.