Farm and Food Care Saskatchewan recently introduced the educational program in four schools across the province
As a farmer, Clinton Monchuk has seen misinformation often spread about agriculture. As the executive director of Farm and Food Care Saskatchewan, he decided to do something about it.
Farm and Food Care Saskatchewan connects people with food and the farms that make the food. The Breakfast on the Farm program is designed to connect students and educators with the local agriculture community.
“The problem ends up being less than three percent of the population has a direct connection to a farm,” Monchuk said.
“You leave it up to chance on whatever Google says, and Google’s not always accurate when it comes to information about farming, so we can provide that opportunity for a direct source.”
Monchuk said the program’s June 3 introduction at four schools in Saskatchewan was positive.
Schools in Regina, Saskatoon, Yorkton, and Prince Albert took part. A local Tim Hortons delivered hot egg sandwiches to each school, and Farm & Food Care delivered a bag for each student containing additional snacks and activities.
Susan Muir, a Grade 4-5 teacher at Dr. Brass School in Yorkton, said their school was chosen because of its involvement with Agriculture in the Classroom through its Little Green Thumbs program.
Muir is also in charge of a program at the school known as Growing Citizens.
“I teach the Grade 4-5 curriculum, but all under the umbrella of Growing Citizens, which is agricultural education, aboriginal perspectives for plants, socially emotional learning, and also food and environmental sustainability,” Muir said.
Growing Citizens and Breakfast on the Farm enable agricultural education for children who are often far removed from the farm, she said.
“The whole purpose of this is so we can connect where our food comes from.”
Alongside the food and the snacks, the children were able to participate in a virtual activity that taught them about agriculture and allowed them to tour virtual farms.
“I did research on how cheese and milk is processed,” one student said. “My favourite thing about the virtual farm was to look at how stuff is made.”
Cheryl Arcand, principal of Westview Public School in Prince Albert, said the chance to participate was too good to turn down.
“Who could say ‘no’ to a school-wide learning opportunity that would feed our students’ minds and bodies?” Arcand said. “It was a no brainer, we were all in.
“Our Westview students loved every minute of our Breakfast from the Farm day.”