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Macdonald Campus Farm Outreach Program

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Ask a young person today: “Where does your food come from?” and more often than not, they will name a retail grocery chain, restaurant, or mega producer. With rapid urbanization, it is apparent that society has become increasingly disconnected from food, and yet the connection has never been more important. With the global population continuing to rise, tackling issues like food safety, food security, water resource management and others may well come down to a greater appreciation and understanding of our food systems. Here at Macdonald Campus, we have been asking ourselves: How do we remedy this disconnect and ensure children know about the vital role that farms and agriculture play in our lives?

The Macdonald Campus Farm is leading efforts to provide the Montreal community with greater knowledge and awareness about where our food comes from. The Farm launched an outreach program in the spring of 2008 to provide guided educational tours that sensitize schoolchildren about good agricultural practices and where their food originates. With growing demand for educational tours that necessitate improved facilities, a major investment is required to meet the demands of the community.

The new Macdonald Campus Interpretive Centre would provide a modern venue for visitors, with interactive displays, an introductory video, washroom facilities, eating area and a Welcome Centre. In addition to breathing new life into an existing heritage building and providing a new venue space, the facilities would help to once again place Macdonald at the forefront of agriculture education and service to the community.

In order to provide a complete learning experience about agriculture and food, educational tours would include the dairy barn, the new calf barn and the mini-farm. These tours are an invaluable tool to reconnect urban children and adults to the source of their food, foster a better understanding of what is involved in food production, and reinforce the fact that what we eat is produced by farmers, who are also our neighbours and a foundation of our culture.

Macdonald Campus and McGill University share a proud tradition when it comes to farming and agriculture, and supporting the Macdonald Campus Farm Outreach Program is an exceptional opportunity to increase awareness and understanding of the critical importance agriculture plays in our lives, and in so doing, a greater appreciation of the food that sustains us.

We are inviting friends and alumni to support the education of our young people and give generously to build on the legacy of the Farm for generations to come.


To learn more about this project, please contact: / Pour en savoir plus, veuillez contacter :
Paul Simard | paul.simard@mcgill.ca  | 514-398-7618 or/ou
Paul Meldrum |  paul.meldrum@mcgill.ca | 514-398-8663

 

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