What is Meals From the Farm?
Feeding kids with foods grown right here in Saskatchewan
In a unique collaboration with schools in the province, Farm & Food Care Saskatchewan is providing a free meal featuring Saskatchewan-grown foods to almost 2000 students and teachers. In addition to their lunch, each student and teacher will receive a bag with activities, recipes, pencils and gifts from Saskatchewan farmer groups. Farm & Food Care is also coordinating a series of interactive online activities such as learning courses, a live Q&A with a farmer, cook-along videos, virtual farm tours and agriculture trivia contests for students to learn more about Saskatchewan food and farming.
We’re very proud to be partnering with Agriculture in the Classroom Saskatchewan on this initiative.
Farm & Food Care Saskatchewan is also planning to host an additional Meals From the Farm event with community support organizations. Stay tuned for more details!
- Pork (bacon) Pork is the meat that comes from pigs. It’s where we get pork chops, hot dogs, sausages and bacon. Farmers raise pigs in modern barns that have heat and air conditioning to keep them warm and comfortable in our cold winters and cool in the hot summers.
- Wheat (Flour) Wheat is the most widely grown crop in the world. Wheat seeds get milled into flour. Farmers harvest wheat using combines, which can harvest enough wheat kernels in 9 seconds to make about 70 loaves of bread!
- Milk Dairy cows produce milk, which is an important ingredient to make cheese! A dairy cow is milked 2 to 3 times each day and gives on average of 30 litres of milk per day!
- Lentils (lentil snacks) Lentils are a pulse crop and Canada is the world’s leading exporter of lentils. Lentils actually have a negative carbon footprint because they sink more carbon into the soil than is emitted. That makes the whole system more sustainable over time.
- Beef (beef jerky) Beef cattle can live comfortably outdoors all year round. Cattle graze on land that is not suitable for growing crops. All cattle are required to have an ear tag for the purpose of food safety and traceability.
- Oats (granola bar) Saskatchewan is an important oat growing region. Oats contain lots of bran, fibre and beta-glucan and may reduce the risk of heart disease. Oats are also an important part of many animals’ diets!
- Eggs There are different breeds of chickens, some are raised for meat and others to produce eggs. Chickens that lay eggs are called hens. A healthy hen can lay about 300 eggs each year!
Virtual Tours for Students
Many teachers showcased virtual farm tours in their classrooms to help students learn more about different types of farms. Check out FarmFood360 to take your own tour!
This year, on the morning of Meals From the Farm Day, students from across the province can take part in a virtual tour of a broiler chicken barn with Tiffany Martinka.
Tiffany Martinka, a Saskatchewan chicken farmer, will talk with students and teachers about where chickens live and how chickens are raised in Canada. Teachers are invited to watch the video in advance and check out a video summary and viewing guide with questions.
Additional Resources for Teachers and Students
Teachers and students (and lots of other people!) across Canada want to know more about food production. Food is connected to many of the big issues facing our society, including food safety, the environment, the humane treatment of farm animals, the cost of living and energy, health care and climate change, just to name a few.
Check out some of these great learning resources to learn more about food production in Canada.
- Agriculture in the Classroom Saskatchewan
- The Real Dirt on Farming
- FarmFood360 Virtual Tours
- Ag in the Classroom Canada’s snapAg factsheets
- Sun West Distance Learning Centre
Learn more about resources for teachers and students from our partners
Learn more about Canadian Food and Farming
Food and farming are a big deal in Canada. Not only do Canadians depend on farmers to produce the food we eat, but agriculture and agri-food provide jobs for more than 2.3 million people. One in eight Canadian jobs is directly linked to the sector, which contributed $142.7 billion to our national economy in 2019, and is thus a major driver of economic growth.
Canadian farms come in all types and sizes, from small orchards and vineyards to large grain farms and cattle ranches, varying in their ability to produce food. A small piece of very fertile land can profitably grow specialty vegetables for a niche market, for example, whereas a large 5,000-acre farm in a cooler climate with poorer soil is better suited for grazing animals.
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