Categories: General
      Date: Oct  2, 2017
     Title: On Point with Pat - A Year Full of Agriculture Programs Starting!

Autumn is an exciting time! September 30th we welcomed our financial donors and program partners to an old fashioned Harvest Celebration in our Pencil Patch Garden.The chicken Bar-B-Q, Pencil Patch garden tour, apple pie door prizes and Harvest gifts were just some of the fun activities!



We are so grateful to those who sponsor agriculture education with us! As we start the school year we are pleased to announce the programs and activities coming up with BC Agriculture in the Classroom Foundation (free to BC teachers):

The BC School Fruit and Vegetable Nutritional Program will be delivered to 1461 schools, K-grade 12 in our province. Over half a million students and teachers can share the fresh, healthy BC snacks of: peppers, kiwi, tomatoes, mini cucumbers, apples, pears, plums, strawberries, carrots, peaches, blueberries, and for K-grade 5 classes +Milk too.

The Fresh to You fundraiser is coming to a school near you in October! Schools who sign-up with us can sell bundles of BC grown fall vegetables and fruit and earn money for their school activities and trips.

The Planting a Promise program is currently being distributed to 302 classrooms who are involved with us in the daffodil planting and growing program.

The Take a Bite of BC program for secondary Culinary Arts classes has started with the teaching Chef orientation. Truck loads of BC products will be distributed to 56 high schools over the school year where classes will learn about BC products, how they are grown and how to prepare fresh locally grown food. Thanks to BC farmers for providing this product free to schools through our program.

The Spuds in Tubs Program is beginning with registration and teacher training this month. Over 450 classes K – grade 11 will grow BC potatoes in their classes from March to June. We expect a harvest of over 120,000 potatoes this year!

It’s time to sign-up for garden tours and lessons in our Pencil Patch – A Garden for Learning in Abbotsford. All schools are welcome to be a part of the garden learning in April, May and June with complimentary lessons that relate to current curriculum from K – 9. The visit is free; it is up to the school to register and plan a way to get to the garden.

New this year, our Harvest Bin Project will be open to secondary schools. Learn to plant, grow and harvest a raised bed garden in Harvest Bins convenient for any school not currently involved in gardening. Watch for applications on our website soon!

Greenhouse tours will start the first week of May 2018 in partnership with BC Greenhouse Veggie Growers. Watch for the sign-up for tour dates and places in the Fraser Valley soon.

Look at the programs tab on our website for more information on all of these activities.

If you are looking for a volunteer opportunity we have lots! From school tours in the garden, to packing potatoes to ship to classes, and even decorating for our fundraiser dinner. Call us at 604-854-6064 or email emma@aitc.ca.