Over a Decade of Ag Education

As a Women’s Institute member, in 1993, I was elected to the Board of Directors of OAFE, Inc.
During my term, besides promoting agriculture curriculum to teachers, the board undertook an Agri-Food Advocate training course throughout Ontario, for volunteers to learn how to introduce agriculture into the classroom.
After this training programme, I felt that we needed an agriculture education event in Wellington County, so over the next 2 years, we developed WOW – Wedge of Wellington.
A very talented friend, June Switzer (teacher and 4H leader) helped tremendously by focusing on the curriculum connection to Grade 5 for our projects. Besides WOW, which saw over 1,000 students each year learn about the 4 food groups in pizza ingredients, we also ran the Education programme for IPM 2000 in Wellington County.
Pizza Perfect, now for Grade 3 and in a new location, continues each March and 800 students benefit from this hands-on education.
Margaret J. Aitken
Acton, Ontario.

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