A new $1 million, five-year-funding agreement regarding Agriculture in the Classroom was announced Tuesday by the federal government at the Moose Jaw Pizza Farm Plot to two local schools who were in attendance to learn about the importance of Saskatchewan agriculture
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Lyle Stewart, the Saskatchewan Minister of Agriculture made the announcement, as well as planted vegetables with students from Prince Arthur Community School and Sunningdale Elementary school.
"It's nice to see young people first hand learn about agriculture. This is a great chance for young people to engage with the agricultural industry," said Stewart.
"Today and throughout the year, Agriculture in the Classroom, works to teach students about agriculture and gives teachers resources. Agriculture awareness is a priority for me and for our government."
Students planted different vegetables that are often found on pizza, as well as vegetables that encompass a lot of the different food that is grown in Saskatchewan. They also got to learn about how wheat is turned into dough, and how cheese is made.
"We want people to know where our food comes from, especially our youth. We want our youth to grow up with an accurate perception of agriculture, that is why the work with Agriculture in the Classroom and their industry partners is so important," said Stewart.
This is the first year Moose Jaw has participated in the pizza farm which originated in Yorkton last year.
In the fall the students will return to their pizza garden and harvest it. They will also get to participate in a pizza presentation that will help them make the full connection and the full cycle of plants. Students also had the chance to play with farm equipment, play games and learn about seeds and soil.
This year Agriculture in the Classroom has educated 26,000 students, with the announced money going toward improving the program and resources.