Each summer, Alberta Canola employs nutrition, and health sciences summer students to assist us in our market development activities. This year’s students are already hard at work promoting canola and agriculture to Alberta consumers. Follow their educational journey daily by following them on Twitter @CanolaSummer.
By Leah Koska, ACPC Summer Student
The first week in June, fellow summer student Emily and I represented the Alberta Canola Producers at the Innisfail Agricultural Society’s Grade 5 Farm tour. Our display was situated at the Gisler Family Goat Farm where we gave eight short 10 minute presentations on canola to the 126 grade 5 students before they visited the three other exhibits on the farm. The students learned about goats, horses and lassoing skills in addition to canola!
To our surprise, the grade 5 students had already learned a bit about canola on another farm, and had even eaten some canola seeds! Building on this experience, we had the students crush some canola seeds to see how easily canola oil may be extracted from the seed. We then had the students explore a display showcasing the way canola seed and meal may be used by finding the hidden oil drops in our backdrop display.
The students were super excited about the whole experience, and knew quite a bit about where food comes from outside of the grocery store, and how agriculture affects their lives. They really enjoyed the display and the activity of trying to find the canola drops. (And in the end, we were just as excited about the farm animals as they were!)
Since my practicum at Alberta Canola started in May, I have already had the opportunity to help educate people at many events like this. For example, we had a booth at Skills Alberta where we were promoting the use of canola oil in baking instead of butter. I am really enjoying learning how to educate children and adults on the uses and health benefits of canola by presenting and being a part of different events. These skills will help in the future school presentations for Little Green Thumbs and at events like the Calgary Stampede and Taste of Edmonton, where Alberta Canola will have a significant presence, promoting canola products and working to educate consumers.
Alberta Canola Connects is your window into the activities of the Alberta Canola Producers Commission as we work both locally and globally to help contribute to the long term success of canola farmers in Alberta.