by Tamara Sealy
2018 was a busy year here in Eastern Canada. I started off the year, by distributing the light garden units to 10 new classrooms in Prince Edward Island. This program is partnership with the PEI Ag in the Classroom organization. Where we reach nearly 1000 students a year who have the opportunity to grow and learn right in the classroom. In March, NFL was happy to have a booth at the PEI Ag Awareness Days to celebrate Canadian Agricultural Awareness Month. Over 900 students walked through the booth learning about what plants need to grow by making our bracelet activity. I was fortunate enough to represent NFL at the Canada Wide Science Fair at Carleton University in Ottawa during May and while in Ottawa, I also worked on Saturday at the Canadian Agriculture and Food Museum in the soil’s lab and in the garden. It was a great opportunity to work with the museum and the visitors. We continued to grow our school learning garden program, 21 schools in Atlantic Canada and Ontario had the opportunity to get gardening through our granting program and I was able to provide some teacher workshops and training for many of these schools. Another initative NFL participates in the Tasty Taters program in PEI where students compete to grow potatoes, learn about this important crop and celebrate everything potato. This partnership in in conjunction with the PEI Potato Board and AITC-PEI.
I was able to attend all major teacher conferences in the Atlantic region from the Elementary Council day for the New Brunswick Teachers Association, the PEI Teachers Convention and NFL also attended the Science Teachers of Nova Scotia Conference and the Science Teachers of Ontario conference. I had the opportunity to sit and chat with the Honorable Lawrence MacAulay, Minister of Agriculture at his office in Montague PEI about NFL and our programs here in Atlantic Canada and beyond. I also had to the opportunity to attend some industry events, like 4R tailgate meeting in PEI in September. Facilitating Journey 2050 presentations in classrooms across the region also took placed over the entire school year, even with some local 4H clubs. It was a busy year, we are still gaining momentum and looking forward to what 2019 has in store!
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