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Durham District School Board students learn about educational and career opportunities in agriculture

WHITBY, ON September 26, 2014

Yesterday, approximately 350 Durham District School Board high school students attended the Farm Connections agri-science education day, held at Sinclair Secondary School.

The agriculture education program was designed to align with curriculum requirements for Grade 9 and 10 science, Grade 11 biology and environmental science, and Grade 12 biology. Students attended the program for one class period (75 minutes), and rotated through agriculture-themed stations covering topics such as: technology, crop production, soil health, water quality, green energy, crop protection and organic farming. Each station was also designed to encourage students to consider careers in the agri-business field, by making them aware of the career paths available in this multi-faceted industry.

“Durham Region is situated in a location and climate that allows for diverse agricultural production,” said Kathy Weiss, Director of Economic Development and Tourism for Durham Region. “This makes it important to educate local youth about the industry, potential education and career opportunities, as well as the economic and environmental contribution of agriculture.”

Now in its fifth year, the Farm Connections high school program is organized by volunteers and supported by Durham Region’s Planning and Economic Development Department. The program seeks to help students better understand their food supply, the environmental contributions of farming and the real-life application of science in agriculture.

“The success of the Farm Connections program continues to grow, thanks to the dedicated volunteer committee,” said Nancy Rutherford, Manager of Economic Development, Agriculture and Rural Affairs for Durham Region. “We are grateful for the support from our local school boards, agricultural organizations, and the many volunteers that make this event bigger and better each year.”

The high school program is an expansion of the Grade 3 Farm Connections program, held annually since 2006, which also meets curriculum requirements by educating students about farming. In recognition of its success, Farm Connections received a Premier’s Award for agri-food innovation excellence in 2007. For more information about Farm Connections, please visit

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