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Canadian Agriculture Literacy Week 2016:

Press Release

Tuesday, March 1, 2016

Annual Canadian Agriculture Literacy Week Returns!

Agriculture in the Classroom – Canada (AITC –Canada), representing seven provincial Agriculture in the Classroom organizations will participate in the fifth annual Canadian Agriculture Literacy Week (CALW) in schools across the nation from February 29-March 4, 2016.

Canadian Agriculture Literacy Week is a hands-on program that encourages children to learn about and celebrate agriculture in various ways, including reading books about farming, watching virtual farm tours and agriculture videos.  Farmers and agriculture professionals from across the country will be visiting classrooms to get the conversation started about agriculture.  An important element of this event is the connection between students, local farmers and agriculture industry representatives.

“The Provincial Government supports Agriculture Literacy Week through Growing Forward 2 and the Agriculture in the Classroom project, which teaches school children about the importance of agriculture,” said the Honourable Christopher Mitchelmore, Minister Responsible for the Forestry and Agrifoods Agency. “It is my great pleasure to have been invited to read to students at Goulds Elementary on March 1st. Children have a unique way of looking at the world and I look forward to hearing what Grade 3 students have to say about the agriculture industry in our province.”

The Canadian Agriculture Literacy Week initiative is made possible through generous core funding from Farm Credit Canada.

Agriculture in the Classroom NL (AITC-NL) will be delivering this event to 123 classrooms across Newfoundland and Labrador reaching 2,600 students in 52 schools.  Newfoundland and Labrador farmers and agriculture professionals will read “What’s Growing Around Us?”, a story booklet created by AITC-NL to educate students on what we grow and farm right here in our province.  The CALW event is an innovative and exciting way to engage our students in learning.  It is an excellent way to encourage the literacy skills of our students while also promoting our Newfoundland and Labrador agriculture sector.  To view schools participating across the province, please visit the AITC-NL website:

“Our government is pleased to be able to invest in a project that will help raise awareness, build knowledge and foster understanding of the importance of agriculture in everyday life. Educating children today helps to ensure a strong future for Canadian agriculture.”

Lawrence MacAulay, Federal Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food


This project is funded in part by Growing Forward 2, a federal-provincial-territorial initiative intended to support innovation, competitiveness and adaptability in the agriculture and agrifoods industry.  Growing Forward 2 provides $280,000 annually to support Agriculture in the Classroom activities in Newfoundland and Labrador.


For more information contact:

Christa Wright

AITC NL Coordinator

Phone: 747-4874




Johanne Ross

AITC Canada Chair

Phone:  1-866-487-4029

Cell:  1-204-867-0437




Tansy Mundon

Director of Communications

Department of Business, Tourism, Culture and Rural Development

Forestry and Agrifoods Agency

709-729-4570, 693-1865



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