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Thousands of Nova Scotia Children Growing Own Food This Summer

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first_imgIf you ask young people where their food comes from, the typical response is, the grocery store. But for thousands of Nova Scotia school children receiving the Let’s Grow seed program through schools this year, that’s not the case. A number of schools throughout Nova Scotia have joined Atlantic Canada’s Co-op stores’ Let’s Grow program that includes a package of bean seeds, a fun activity guide with growing instructions and interactive activities at the Eat Atlantic website. “By offering an activity that helps children understand the work and rewards of growing your own food, we can help create conversations about food production throughout our province,” said John MacDonell, Minister of Agriculture. “This program can help us highlight the important role agriculture plays in growing our provincial economy.” Based on regional curriculum plans, Let’s Grow is being distributed to Grade 3 classes in English schools and Grade 4 classes in French schools. Teachers have the option of using the Let’s Grow Teachers Guide to integrate the program into classroom studies, or distributing the packages to students with the suggestion that they participate at home as a family. All students can also register online at www.eatatlantic.ca to receive and share growing tips and ideas, and for a chance to win one of five new bicycles. Let’s Grow is part of Co-op’s 2010 Eat Atlantic Challenge, which also includes an online video contest and the annual Eat Atlantic Challenge event on Sept. 2. “Let’s Grow will help build an understanding of where our food comes from for years to come,” said Mr. MacDonell. “I am looking forward to seeing the results from these new young farmers.” Mr. MacDonell participated in last year’s Eat Atlantic Challenge, encouraging Nova Scotians to eat only local and Atlantic foods for the day.last_img read more