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On Point with Pat - BCAITC Executive Director

Category: On Point with Pat

As the 2015-16 school year comes to a close BC Agriculture in the Classroom is proud to report on our program - Spuds in Tubs!

As the 2015-16 school year comes to a close BC Agriculture in the Classroom is proud to report on our program - Spuds in Tubs! Over 80 new teachers were involved in our workshops last fall to prepare their classrooms for Spuds in Tubs. This year  360 classrooms, a total of over 9000 students and their teachers learned about the importance of soil, sunlight and water in the growing process. They grew little warba potatoes in tubs of soil from March to June, in their classroom and school courtyard.

Heard in the Classroom:

Buckingham Elementary in Burnaby – grade 1, Teacher, Sarah Saunders, “This year’s class did not connect that potatoes would grow from these ‘ugly smelly rocks’, so every leg of this journey was wondrous, and a privilege to be a part of.”

Sk’il’ Mountain Community School in Shalalth, Teacher, Keri Whitehead – grade 4/5

"Students were incredibly proud to be eating and sharing delicious food they produced themselves."

SJ Willis Education Centre – grade 9-12, Teacher, Laura Collie

"Many students had no idea how potatoes were grown!"

We were invited to harvest celebrations where we met excited students, parents that helped cook potatoes for the harvest party and community members who helped students become successful farmers. New this year, Delta Farmer’s Institute provided a resource on climate action to support teachers in Delta to make more connections to BC curriculum. Teachers used the Spuds in Tubs program as a teaching tool for science, social studies, language arts and healthy living.

This program is offered free of charge to teachers and classrooms as a result of several generous partners and donors. W and A Farms, the BC Potato and Vegetable Growers Association and Canadian Western Bank are the key donors. Other supportive companies include: CY Grower Supplies Ltd., Art Knapp’s Plantland-Courtney, Buckerfields-Abbotsford, Duncan, Nanaimo, Parksville, Saanich, Salmon Arm, West Kelowna, Dykhof Nurseries Ltd., GardenWorks-Mandeville, North Burnaby,  Grow and Gather, Hunter’s Garden Centre-Surrey, Vancouver, Minter Country Garden, Phoenix Perrenial, Sticks ‘N Stones Nursery and TerraLink Horticulture Inc.

In September we will be able to add 100 new teachers and their classrooms to the Spuds in Tubs program! There are 135 classrooms still on the waiting list.

It only takes a $100 donation to BC Agriculture in the Classroom to get a classroom started on the Spuds in Tubs program. See the donate now button on our website at www.aitc.ca/bc Donations are tax deductible.