There is something GREAT happening this September & we think you may want to be a part of it.
Organic Connections is a non-profit organization established to organize conferences and trade shows for the prairie organic industry. We celebrate organic food and farmers through activities that connect and educate at every level from the farm through to the consumer.
In 2010, Organic Connections initiated a student field day. In 2012 and 2013 we took our field day to the Saskatchewan Science Centre and it was well received with positive feedback from all involved. The feedback was so positive and the students so receptive and engaged that we have made it an annual event and we are beginning to expand our reach and offereing the program in other cities.
Once again we will be partnering with the Science Centre for another day of connecting kids to their food. Through a series of “stations,” students will: plant a seed, investigate a seed in Ecolab, learn about nutrition, explore the complex world of bees and pollination, have an organic snack, discover vermi-composting, test for herbicide residues, and try Brix's testing.
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2013 Student event
How does it work?
This project will involve students from approximately four to five classrooms from South Central Saskatchewan either urban or rural. The project will begin in September with a field trip to the Saskatchewan Science Centre during National Organic Week. The field trip will start a six week program developed by the Food Miles Committee of the Saskatchewan Organic Directorate, http://foodmiles.saskorganic.com/content/educators.
The focus of this curriculum based unit is to create awareness about our food, where it comes from, its quality, the choices we make and the environmental impact of importing 96% of our foods from outside of Saskatchewan. This unit was developed to correlate with outcomes listed in the Saskatchewan Middle Years curriculum. Students and teachers will participate in several activities at the Science Centre which have been designed to kick-off the program that they will build on in the following weeks in their classroom. Organic Connections role is to introduce students to organic food and the farmers that grow it. This promises to be a fun, educational day for students, teachers and chaperones.
If you have a class you would like to register for the event contact the people below for an application form.
How can the rest of you help?
The best way to help is as a Education Partner. Not only will your organization be recognized on our website, in the program and in the print media content, but you will know that you are playing a huge part in bringing awareness of food and farmers to children. This investment in our youth will create lifelong awareness about our food and help to promote a sustainable agricultural community.