Fredericton, NB: Agriculture in the Classroom New Brunswick (AITC-NB), administered through the Agriculture Alliance of New Brunswick, is launching a new website that connects teachers in New Brunswick to curriculum resources and support for agriculture education. The website: www.AITC-AEC-
, also serves to assist students with scholarships and support for careers within agriculture and food production. Farmers who are interested in working with local teachers or volunteering for AITC- NB initiatives, can also use the website to identify opportunities.

AITC-NB’s goal is bring agriculture into every classroom across the province. The website support teachers and make incorporating agriculture education into classrooms easy and enjoyable.

Funding for this initiative is provided by the Canadian Agricultural Partnership through the Government of Canada and Department of Agriculture, Aquaculture and Fisheries. The Canadian Agriculture Partnership is a five-year, $3-billion investment by federal, provincial and territorial governments to strengthen and grow Canada’s agriculture, agri-food and agri-products sectors. This includes a $2-billion commitment that is cost-shared 60 per cent federally and 40 per cent provincially/territorially.

The new website is one of many initiatives by AITC-NB to support agriculture education across the province. Through the online resources and program summaries, teachers can access and expand their curriculum while meeting provincial outcomes.

The website provides opportunities to explore our current programming including Little Green Sprouts, Little Green Thumbs, Spuds in the Tub, Career Case and Hydroponics with COVE. As a member of Agriculture in the Classroom Canada, there are links to our provincial partners and national
programs with exceptional programs for teachers and students in New Brunswick.

“It is so important that our youth are interested in agriculture in order to better understand where their food comes from. Agriculture in the Classroom introduces students directly to all the sector has to offer. With this new website, teachers can get additional resources to help to educate and inspire students about the importance of agriculture, while promoting exciting careers. The future looks bright for the next generation of New Brunswick farmers!”

The Honourable Marie-Claude Bibeau, Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food

“This new website is a great resource for teachers to help inspire the next generation of New Brunswick farmers and create awareness about the value and importance of agriculture in our daily lives. I am always pleased to see efforts to expose youngsters to the agriculture sector. It’s an important part of our economy and offers a wide range of career possibilities including growing crops and raising livestock, agribusiness, agricultural engineer, and more! It’s also crucial that children know where their food comes from and that they understand their own ability to be self-sufficient.”

Agriculture, Aquaculture and Fisheries Minister Margaret Johnson

“We are delighted to celebrate the launch of Agriculture in the Classroom New Brunswick’s exciting new website! As the New Brunswick member of Agriculture in the Classroom-Canada, AITC-NB is opening a wide world of agri-food learning opportunities for students and educators across the province. A diverse variety of engaging materials and learning tools, now available on the website, will inspire New Brunswick teachers to bring more agriculture education to their classrooms. Among those is AITC’s national educator curriculum- linked resource matrix, which contains several province and grade-specific, curriculum-linked lessons to help connect students to Canada’s important agriculture and food story. Congratulations from all of us at AITC-C!”

Johanne Ross, Executive Director, Agriculture in the Classroom Canada

” Agriculture in the classroom is essential if we want agriculture to continue and flourish in this
province for generations to come. The new website makes AITC-NB’s programs more accessible to
teachers in the province and will also impact more students. Exposure from Kindergarten to Grade 12
is our goal.”

Christian Michaud, President, Agriculture Alliance of New Brunswick

For more information on Agriculture in the Classroom New Brunswick, please contact: Charlotte
Flores, manager
Agriculture in the classroom