The Ontario government is giving AgScape up to $400,000 to support an increase in agri-literacy, awareness of careers in the agri-food industry and to prepare students and youth who are interested in a career in agriculture and food companies.
“Ontario’s agri-food sector remains one of the most diversified in the world, with more than 49,000 farms producing over 200 commodities,” said Ontario Agriculture Minister Ernie Hardeman.
“Teaching kids about where their food comes from, how it grows and how it’s made is key to growing the next generation of leaders for Ontario’s agri-food sector., he said.
“For 30 years, AgScape has been grateful to receive essential funding from our partners at the Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs, empowering our team to develop innovative programs and opportunities to attract students to the world of agriculture and food,” said Chair Kathryn Doan of AgScape.
“The support OMAFRA has provided us this school year, has allowed us to be agile at an unprecedented time when the educational landscape continues to shift as we navigate COVID-19 realities. We are excited to share the impacts we continue to achieve together and look forward to growing opportunities to share agriculture and food with the next generation.”
AgScape plans to use the funds to grow the Teacher Ambassador Program which engages students in agri-food career activities.