Agriculture 18 June 2021
Again this summer, the region’s municipal day camps will offer activities to raise children’s awareness about the realities of agriculture in the Montérégie. This initiative is part of the awareness-raising campaign for living together in harmony in the agricultural zone, initiated by the Montérégie UPA, 13 Montérégie RCMs, and Greater Longueuil, with support from the Ministry for Agriculture, Fisheries, and Food (MAPAQ).
Starting the week of June 28th and for the next eight weeks, in collaboration with the recreation department of the participating municipalities, animators from the local business, Agro-Passion, based in Marieville, will travel to dozens of towns and villages throughout the Montérégie to teach children about the realities of agriculture. Through play-based and instructional activities, children ages 7 to 12 will be introduced to the rural world that surrounds them and discover the importance of living together in harmony in the agricultural milieu.
Lasting about 1 hour 15 minutes, the activities include interactive presentations, fun and instructive questionnaires, high-energy themed games, and a planting session. The main themes connected to agricultural activities are discussed: noise, odours, sharing the road, soil health, and water. The activities allow children to understand the need for and use of some of these farming practices. They will also discover the advantages of living in an agricultural region and will become aware of the benefits. More than 2,000 children will be able to enjoy these activities during the 2021 summer season. These activities have already been adapted to respect current sanitary health requirements.
The project partners are: the RCMs of Acton, Beauharnois-Salaberry, Brome-Missisquoi, Haut-Richelieu, Haut-St-Laurent, Jardins-de-Napierville, Haute-Yamaska, Marguerite-D’Youville, Maskoutains, Pierre-De Saurel, Roussillon, Rouville, and Vallée-du-Richelieu, Greater Longueuil, the Montérégie UPA Federation (MUPAF) and the MAPAQ’s Montérégie regional office. These organizations are pooling resources and efforts to develop strategies and tools to ensure this campaign to raise awareness has a regional reach. The project is funded by the MAPAQ’s Territories program: Bio-food priorities and will continue through October 2021.
« L’agriculture, ma voisine! » activity will be held in the day camp of the municipality of Sainte-Barbe on July 22 and in many more in the Montérégie during the summer of 2021.
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