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2018 Summary

by Tamara Sealy

As we reflect on 2018, it was a great year for the foundation. With the all of the changes in 2017 behind us, we had a very busy year. I had the opportunity to meet and chat with federal minister of agriculture, the honorable Lawrence MacAulay at his office in Montague PE For the first time ever we participated in the 2nd Annual Canadian Agriculture Day in Ottawa which was a celebration of all the good things that are produced right here in our own country and how we help feed the world. Then all 3 of the Regional Managers hit the road and attended over 16 teachers conventions from Nova Scotia to British Columbia showcasing our resources and talking to teachers about the benefits of bringing soil science into their classrooms. We celebrated Canadian Soil Conservation week by partnering with the Soil Conservation Council of Canada to promote their “Soil your Undies” campaign by hosting a contest open to all funded NFL school learning gardens from coast to coast and we also celebrated Plant Day (May 18th) by sending our 135 pumpkin planting kits to classrooms in 7 provinces. We continue to work with our sponsors in providing school learning garden grants and in 2018 we were able to assist 51 schools get their students outside, growing and reaping the harvests of their hard work. Since 2015 we have helped 180 schools from coast to coast, we are very proud and thankful for our sponsors who continue to support this wonderful initative. NFL Canada once again sponsored an award at the Canada Wide Science Fair which was held in May at Carleton University. Our partnership with Scotts Canada, Communities in Bloom and Compost Council of Canada marked the final year of the Gro1000 program which the final gardens were planted in Missisauga Ontario in May as well. The 11th annual charity golf tournament was held in August in conjunction with the Fertilizer Canada Annual Meeting at the Royal Quebec golf course just outside of Quebec City. NFL was on the stage at the Communities in Bloom annual symposium in Sherwood Park, Alberta to present a school garden award to Chipman New Brunswick School to help start a garden at their school during the next growing season. The fall was a busy time with for our Regional Managers, we hosted 3 teacher workshops, one in Calgary Alberta, one in Saskatoon Saskatchewan and we wrapped up Chatham Ontario. The workshops focused on building a successful school garden, and useful ways to link them in a classroom.

As you see our team were very busy from coast to coast in 2018, we would like to thank all of our partners, sponsors and supporters who help make these programs be successful and fruitful. 2019 is at hand and we look forward to another year working diligently promoting soil science, plant nutrients and agricultural sustainability.