Peak of the Market growers make $50,000 investment in resources for agriculture in classroom

Agriculture in the Classroom-Manitoba (AITC-M) launched the Foundations of Manitoba Agriculture Virtual Resource Hub, a series of interactive courses and information sheets inviting teachers and students to explore the different crops grown and animals raised in Manitoba. 

“Food is something that connects us all. Yet very few Manitoban students understand how the food they eat ends up on their plates,” says Sue Clayton, executive director, AITC-M. “This program brings that journey to life for them in ways that connect directly to the subjects they’re learning about in school, including science, technology, the environment, nutrition and history. Learning about our province’s most important crops and animals – and the people who grow and raise them – will lead to more empowered generations of consumers, decision-makers and innovators.”

AITC-M worked closely with partners in Manitoba’s agriculture industry to ensure the resources provide accurate, balanced and current information. The Foundations of Manitoba Agriculture was made possible thanks to the support of foundational sponsors, including Peak of the Market, its 2022 presenting sponsor.

Pamela Kolochuk (left of cheque) along with her daughters Paige and Brooke and together with the chair of the board Peter Loewen (right of cheque) presents a $50,000 cheque on behalf of Peak of the Market to Sue Clayton, executive director, AITC-MB for the virtual resources HUB.

“Peak of the Market Growers recognize the importance of education. Understanding how food is planted, grown and harvested is paramount to ensure the public is aware of the significance agriculture plays in all of our daily lives. Our vision is to ensure that all Canadians fill half their plates with fresh produce. It all starts with educating young people on the basics of growing food, which creates educated adults who support our important agricultural industry,” said Pamela Kolochuk, CEO, Peak of the Market Ltd.

Teachers and students can learn about each of the commodities featured in the hub through information sheets, illustrated summaries and interactive e-learning courses. Resources covering 20 Manitoba agricultural commodities have been released so far, and more are on the way.

In celebration of Farm and Food Awareness Week (September 19-23), AITC-M is also launching two games to help teachers and students explore the Foundations of Manitoba Agriculture in fun and interactive ways. The Amazing Veggie Race is geared to younger students, while the Agriculture Jeopardy Game challenges middle- and high-school students to test their knowledge.

For more information:
Sue Clayton
Agriculture in the Classroom-Canada 

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