Ag for Life announces $1.2 million in project funds

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Agriculture for Life is investing $1.2 million over the next three years towards the long-term funding of four school- and community-based programs to enhance rural and farm safety and agriculture education.

  • The Classroom Agriculture Program (CAP) has operated for more than 25 years and currently reaches more than 15,000 Grade 4 students Alberta CAP has been operating in Alberta for over 25 years. With the support of Ag for Life, the goal for the next three years is to expand program distribution to reach 30,000 Alberta students annually.
  • Progressive Agriculture Foundation (PAF) is the largest rural and farm safety education program for children in North America. Ag for Life will fund the establishment of additional safety days in the province, with a goal to triple the number delivered in Alberta from 16 to 48.
  • The Sustainable Foods Edmonton — Little Green Thumbs program helps young people understand where food comes from and the impact fresh food has on their health, the environment and their community through active participation in classroom gardening. During the next three years, the goal is to expand the program to reach 65 Edmonton schools while working to expand the program province-wide.
  • The Multicultural Heritage Centre City Slickers program introduces Grades 4 and 5 students to the many facets of agriculture and to develop firsthand an understanding and appreciation for food and how it is produced. The program brings together farmers, producers and consumers. The goal is to expand from Stony Plain to communities all across Alberta.

Ag for Life is made possible through the funding of companies that employ almost 20,000 people in more than 350 Alberta communities. Members include Agrium, ATB, ATCO, Penn West Exploration, RME, TransCanada Corporation, UFA, AdFarm, Alberta Agriculture, Glacier Media Group and Mosaic Studios.

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