Canadian teachers will have access to a new resource developed by Farm & Food Care (FFC) and Agriculture in the Classroom Canada (AITC-C).

The Real Dirt on Farming in the Classroom (RDOF) was produced by AITC-C, working in collaboration with FFC, and will be distributed virtually with the help of AITC-C’s provincial agriculture in the classroom organizations. Teachers will also have access to an RDOF booklet and suggested lesson plans through RealDirtonFarming.ca and aitc-canada.ca.

The 36-page document enables students to engage with the RDOF while examining its key areas – animal welfare, crops and plants, sustainability, agriculture policy, hot topics in our food system, and more, says AITC-C.

The Real Dirt on Farming in the Classroom accompanies the fifth edition of the RDOF booklet which was released in November, 2020. To date, 4.5 million copies of prior editions have been distributed across Canada to libraries, doctor’s offices, registered dieticians, political leaders, educators, and through inserts in national publications.

Bonnie den Haan, chair of FFC, says that the partnership between AITC-C and FFC builds on the strengths of both organizations. “Working with AITC-C to create this curriculum-based document will extend the reach of our flagship publication even further. We’re excited to see this partnership taking The Real Dirt on Farming into classrooms from coast to coast.”

“We are pleased to bring The Real Dirt on Farming in the Classroom into the hands of Canadian educators,” says Johanne Ross, executive director of AITC-C. “We want students to be curious and excited about learning about Canada’s agriculture and food story. Through this resource, we are providing teachers with a link to bring this story to life in the classroom.”

The project was funded, in part through the AgriCompetitiveness program of the Canadian Agricultural Partnership, a federal, provincial, territorial initiative, and with support of more than 25 companies and agribusinesses across Canada.

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