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Agribition reconnects children to agriculture

Over the past two days, Grade 4 students have experienced Ontario agriculture through hands-on activities and demonstrations. The first Agribition in the region drew 800 children to the Hastings County Agricultural Museum.

The event promotes healthy living, shows children where food comes from and why farming matters to their everyday lives.

"The purpose of the Agribition is to reconnect students with how their food is produced," remarks Liz Churcher, Chair of The Hastings and Prince Edward Learning Foundation.

Guided tours of the Agricultural Museum will give students an appreciation of past agricultural practices before they view the modern day displays provided by various commodity groups at the Stirling Fair Grounds. 

"Today’s children are tomorrow’s consumers. This event will invite them to view agriculture first-hand in a positive, balanced manner linked directly to the Ontario Curriculum," adds Churcher.

This event was made possible by:

  • The Hastings and Prince Edward Learning Foundation, in partnership with Hastings and Prince Edward District School Board
  • Ministry of Agriculture and Foods
  • Trenval
  • The Hastings Federation of Agriculture
  • The Hastings Cattlemen’s Association
  • Stirling Agricultural Museum
  • Prince Edward County Federation of Agriculture

Hastings and Prince Edward District School Board serves more than 16,700 students each day at 46 elementary and 8 secondary schools. Supporting student achievement is the goal of close to 1,800 teaching and support staff who, in addition to the contributions of caring volunteers and community partners, provide the best opportunity for students to learn. The district covers a wide geographical area of 7,221 square kilometres bordered by Maynooth to the north, Deseronto to the east, Prince Edward County to the south and Quinte West to the west.

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For more information, please contact:

• Maribeth deSnoo, Executive Director, The Hastings and Prince Edward Learning Foundation, 613-966-1170 or 1 800 267-4350, ext. 2205

Last updated: October 9, 2008 at 9:58 am