Today, it’s not uncommon to see youth generations removed from the farm, unaware of the science behind food production. However, if we plan to continue making environmentally responsible decisions for thriving communities, our next generation needs to reconnect with agriculture.
We can only reach this goal with the support of Canada’s education system. To foster a next generation of stewards of our lands, schools should support a comprehensive learning environment, emphasizing agricultural literacy in the curricula. In doing so, Canada’s educators are promoting environmental responsibility in youth.
Nutrients for Life Foundation Canada knows how hard teachers work and we want to provide them with the necessary materials and resources to be successful. Because of this, the foundation provides educators with the Nourishing the Planet in the 21st Century curriculum to support their efforts at educating students about agricultural sustainability. The curriculum enables students to understand how nutrients can be applied to improve crop growth while helping to feed the growing population and protect the environment.
Youth require hands-on learning to fully immerse themselves in lessons. In accompaniment of the curriculum, the foundation’s learning garden program provides students with outdoor, educational environments to discover the significance of soil science and agricultural sustainability. Learning gardens are key when integrating agricultural sustainability into the classroom as they provide real-world experiences to students – they help make the lessons come to life.
Learning about soil science and food production through the school curriculum assures today’s youth will enhance their environmental knowledge and become more informed decision-makers.