SCHOOLS & EDUCATORS
École-O-Champ Québec & your school

Our vision is one of an aware and engaged youth – young people who are equipped with the knowledge and confidence to independently make their own positive choices.

That is why Farm to School Quebec works with both elementary schools and high schools to further its mission in the classroom.

We collaborate with schools to develop a tailor-made service focused on the needs of the institution and its community. Whether it is an educational field trip or a fully optional course, our educational modules form the backbone of each program.

Our philosophy:

  • Integrated learning
  • Interdisciplinary
  • Neutral and transparent (we want to get young people to make their own choices, following critical reasoning)
  • Place Based Education*

* “Place Based Education is the process of using the local community and environment as a starting point for teaching concepts. Focusing on hands-on learning experiences, this approach to education increases academic performance, helps students connect more closely with their community, improves their appreciation of the natural world, and strengthens their commitment to citizenship. assets ” (Smith & Sobel, 2010).

Benefits for educators:

  • Professional development
  • Create a dynamic and fun classroom atmosphere
  • Improve your student’s understanding of key pedagogical concepts
  • Make your job easier: The modules can be integrated into your existing curriculum and even constitute examination opportunities, without increasing your workload.
  • Have fun too!

Impact on students:

  • Enhancing agriculture, food and environmental knowledge
  • Valuing healthy lifestyle habits
  • Developing maturity
  • Open-mindedness
  • Mindful citizenry
  • Critical thinking

What we offer:

Services:

  • Educator training, tailored to their selected modules
  • Individual follow-up for educators
  • Coordination of guest speakers and educational field trips to farms
  • Strategic agri-food consultation for your school
  • Support in seeking external funding

Themes:

Programs are tailored to the individual needs of each institution.

The school can build its own theme through its choice of educational modules.

Training:

Develop an optimal collaboration with Farm to School and become the most agriculturally awesome teacher there can be!

  • Only one day long
  • Includes: Animation tools, theory and a reference document
  • No travel required! It can be offered at the school itself.

The process

INITIAL CONSULTATION

  • Expectations
  • Your school
  • Your local community
  • Resources available

DEVELOPMENT PHASE

We work with you to create a program tailored to your needs.

ESTABLISHMENT PHASE

We provide a workshop (including materials and tools) adapted to your program.

MENTORING

We don’t leave you on your own! We are there to help and guide you on your agricultural education adventure. A bi-annual refreshment workshop is also offered.

Equiterre & Ecole-O-Champ Contest

Équiterre & Ecole-o-champ

About the contest

With a complementary philosophy, we have a greater impact! Together, we can showcase Quebec initiatives in partnership with Canadian organizations.

Look out! Our annual contest is a great way to connect with local agriculture and win some fantastic prizes for your class!

FAQ

Your in-class program:
How does it benefit my class?
See the section “Impact in students and teachers” at the beginning of this page.
How do the modules work?
Each module combines theory and an activity. The modules are the basis of each program. To learn more, click here
How much time does it take?
Modules require an average of one hour to animate. However, they are easily adaptable to your constraints and needs. To learn more, click here
Can interested teachers help develop the educational modules and the program itself?
Modules require a predefined approach to develop and, although they offer significant adaptability, a certain structure must be respected when they are taught. However, you can certainly bring your own touch to the way you introduce and use the modules within your class. We also work with you to determine which are the best modules to integrate into your existing curriculum to build your programme. We also encourage you to submit your ideas for new module topics.
Do the modules meet ministerial (MELS) requirements?
The educational modules correspond to the ministry of education’s (MELS) requirements. It is clearly indicated for each module which competencies are touched-upon. For an example, click here
Farmers as guest speakers and farm school trips:
Why have a farmer as a guest speaker in class?
Someone who truly works in the agri-food sector is a valuable mine of experience, that will compliment your agricultural education program. They will also expose students to the possibility of a career in agriculture and food (agrifood). In fact, the agrifood industry is the largest in the world (in economic terms and the number of participants), but is often overlooked by young people in terms of career opportunities. Agrifood includes agriculture, but also transformation of products, restaurants, commodity trading, etc.
Who are the agricultural speakers?

Ambassador farmers, for example members of the Fédération de la relève agricole (FRAQ), agronomists, students and workers within agrifood and environmental sectors.

Where do the farm outings take place?
Through its partners, Farm to School has an extensive network of farms that can accommodate school visits. Depending on your location, you may have the choice of more than one type of farm to visit.
Costs:
How much does it cost?
Farm to School Quebec is a nonprofit organization and is committed to offering activities/modules and training at reasonable rates. Costs vary depending on your chosen program. That’s why during the initial consultation, we discuss the resources available to you and how they fit with your expectations of the program.
How can Farm to School help us in seeking external funds?
Farm to School can give you a list of funding sources you may be eligible for, as well as tips on writing and submitting funding applications.
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