Ag to class

How many students in Grade 4 think chocolate milk comes from brown cows, or that eggs come from a carton? Many students in Alberta have misconceptions about where their food comes from and do not understand the importance of agriculture. This needs to change, and in order for change to happen, we need agriculture volunteers for the Classroom Agriculture Program (CAP). Last year more than 12,000 elementary students across Alberta registered for CAP. Endorsed by the minister of Agriculture and Rural Development, CAP volunteers go directly into classrooms to discuss farming and agriculture with Grade 4 students. Since its inception in 1985, the demand for the program continues to flourish; however, over the years there has been a decrease in the number of volunteers donating their time to speak with children. CAP volunteers are farmers, ranchers, agri-food experts, government members and individuals who have an agriculture background and experience. This network of volunteers delivers the program between February and June of each year. Presentations are one hour and often include story-telling, hands-on props and fun activities. CAP provides training, ideas and guidance to all volunteers. CAP is a not-for profit organization that relies on people who are dedicated to preserving and promoting agriculture. For more information contact: CAP co-ordinator Karen Spelay at (403) 710-1959 or capcoordinator@albertabeef.org

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