"I could not thank OAFE enough for their co-operation and knowledge in helping me reach out over 120 children through the school system. They not only provided me with resources and information but sent me packages to leave with the teachers to help them promote agriculture in the classrooms after I was gone. Videos, hand outs and resources were made available at my finger tips and they knew exactly what would work the best with the age group I had in mind. OAFE has an online database of such a variety of resources and that allow you to download items within minutes, making the whole experience for the teacher that much more enjoyable. Keeping Agriculture fun and easy to learn about is just one of the things that OAFE does extremely well! Again, thank you for everything you helped me with and I look forward to keeping a working relationship as we reach out to more children and learn about agriculture together."
Janette Hammell – 2010 Bruce County Queen of the Furrow, August 2011
"I am thrilled to have found such an amazing wealth of resources from your organization. The variety of excellent information truly is unbelievalbe - videos, CD's, posters, activity books, teacher's guides and the list goes on! I will be teaching two new French Immersion courses and will certainly benefit from these teaching tools."
Tracey Adams, January 2011
“I came across the Ontario Agri-Food Education Resources for the first time when I was touring the International Plowing Match. Not only were the staff extremely helpful and full of advice, but the resources I was given and then subsequently ordered were top notch. I have used the materials myself and recommended them to many others. From the website to the staff to the variety of curriculum based materials, an overall outstanding resource!"
Cindy Hain, November 2010
"Thank you for attending the Grab 'N Go event held in Kemptville for our Occasional Teachers. Those in attendance were exceptionally pleased with the
quality resources that they received. I am so excited to know that such great teaching tools are available for our students. To me, agri-food education is fundamental in our society.”
Professional Learning Chair
Upper Canada District School Board Occasional Local
This year I will be teaching Grade 3 for the first time and I have recently ordered several teacher resources from Ontario Agri-Food Education and have found them to be absolutely wonderful. Their Community Connections: From Urban to Rural closely follows the curriculum expectations for that Social Studies strand. Marvellous Mushrooms has lesson plans linking to Urban and Rural Connections, Growth and Changes in Plants (Science), and Nutrition (Health). VeggieMania is a nutrition unit specifically designed for Grade 3 students. Native Foods the Native Way ties in beautifully with Early Settlements in Upper Canada. Many of the resources are free and the cost is very minimal for the few there is a charge. I will be checking on their website frequently to see what is new. Thanks, Ontario AgriFood Education for your dedication in providing useful and current resources for teachers!
Laura Cinkant, Teacher, Farley Mowat P.S.
I just wanted to say that thank goodness my son took a food and nutrition course. Due to his curriculum I was able to see what other colleagues were using in their classrooms. I was so excited to see that he still uses his food guide slides when checking his daily requirement intakes. What an excellent resource for teenagers to have. As we are aware the youth in our society today are not getting the appropriate meals and do not have the knowledge of the importance of eating a balanced diet. What an incredible addition to my kitchen this has become. I found myself in a position this year teaching food and nutrition and at once called the number on the back of the slide. I was unaware of your website which you kindly brought to my attention. I thank you very much for doing so, as I have found many resources to provide my students with. Knowing how foods are labeled, the nutritional value and where foods come from is extremely important which I will pass onto my students this semester. I am looking forward to discussing wheat products and meat products with the students as I have found this to be one of the particulars that my own son questions on several occasions. I can not wait to dive into the resources and spread the wealth of knowledge that I have attained from you. What an incredible program you offer and I look forward to using all the materials that I have obtained. Thanks for being available to help our younger generation maintain a healthy lifestyle.
I just wanted to say a much over-due and very much deserved thank you for all of the wonderful resources that you provide. I am a Family Studies teacher at Ridgeway Crystal Beach High School where I have been teaching for 18+ years. I have used and re-used your terrific resources in so many ways throughout these years. I can't thank you enough for all of the various resources that have been provided. I think I have them all! Yes, even the elementary resources because often time the ideas can be re-tooled for the secondary students. Your website is another treasure trove. I have been to your 'field days' at The Farm museum and have participated in your presentations at the OFSHEEA conference. I always make OAFE a priority - you always have something new and worthwhile.I am also an on-line instructor of the Intermediate Family Studies course at Queen's University and highly promote your resources and information for these students too.On behalf of Family Studies teachers everywhere, thank you - you make our lives and jobs so much easier!
Debbie Grimes, Ridgeway Crystal Beach High School
As a curriculum leader, OAFE provides me with a ton of excellent resources including printable posters, teacher kits, tons of flyer type resources and even Pod Casts! I have used these resources in the past as they relate directly to family studies food courses, but they can also be used in a variety of ways for other courses under the family studies umbrella. OAFE also shares local community links to events that relate to agriculture, and many informative links to other sites. After revisiting this site, I feel it is an excellent tool for the promotion of family studies in the community. By reviewing the resources here, a teacher use the following ideas to promote his/her family studies program: 1) Volunteer at a local fair (listed on the website) by having students interact with smaller children and teach them through games / activities. 2) Create a foods class newsletter to send home with parents – include facts about faming / healthy eating taken from this site 3) Explore field trip options – get students involved through local museums and farm trips. Use these trips as opportunities to make connections with the community. There is a great links section on this site.
AQ Student, University of Toronto
I just want to say thank you for organizing the "Fabulous Friday Workshops" this year with Brenda Stobo. I really enjoyed going to these workshops and gained a lot of amazing resources that I am sure to use in any career that I choose. I am sure the rest of the students in the School of Ed. would agree that these are amazing opportunities to build our resources and ideas for teaching and Brenda is just an amazing woman. I also sent Brenda a "thank you" card on behalf of the students in the school of education so she knows that her hard work was appreciated!
Sarah Wendorf , Laurentian University
As a curriculum coordinator, I cannot even consider promoting resources that do not connect with curriculum expectations as outlined in the Ministry Policy document. (I would think my credibility would be compromised and competency questioned.) Last week we were at an event where people shared resources, one was extremely questionable. I was pleased it was not me who brought up the issue, but rather two other people! From my work with OAFE, it is the thoroughness and integrity of the work which lends such great support to the classroom.
Kim Wallace, Curriculum Coordinator - Halton District School Board
Your organization has been a real inspiration to me over the 19 years that I have been teaching and I truly appreciate all that your organization does for the Agricultural Industry in Niagara and beyond. I will continue to try and share your information with as many people in the Education and Agriculture as I can!!
Laura Kozloski, District School Board of Niagara
I wanted to write a letter of thanks to the Ontario Agri-Food Education (OAFE). I am a second year student at Redeemer University College in the Bachelor of Education program. In September 2008, an OAFE representative came to share with us the vast range of teaching resources that your organization offers the teaching community. I was very impressed with the wide range of materials and topics that your resources focused on within the agriculture and agri-food industry. With my focus on teaching the primary grades, it is critical to have access to interesting, captive, and appropriate level learning tools for successful teaching. It was great to see how your resources do provide relevant materials in a form which will be well received in the classroom. Keep up the good work! Your resources and organization will be extremely valuable when I start my teaching career. I look forward to contacting you in the future for additional resources.
Brent Stiles, Redeemer University College, Bachelor of Education Student
On behalf of the Rouge River Ontario Early Years Centre, I would like to thank you and and your staff for the generous donation of growth charts and nutrition sliders given to us for the FSIO Conference held on September 19-20, 2008. They were a wonderful addition to the conference give away bags. I would also like to take the opportunity to thank Carole Booth for the excellent workshops she has conducted at our agency locations: Rouge River Early Years Centre, Malvern Family Resource Centre and Women's Place. These workshops were very well attended by grandparents, parents and caregivers. Participants enjoyed receiving information in an informal setting, taking part in hands-on activities and question/answer period. We are very privileged to have her willing to travel from Burlington to offer these informative workshops to our participants and distribute resources not only to clients but also to our program facilitators. They can certainly use these materials when planning their programs. Your organization's support and commitment to our Centre enables us to offer current topics of interest to a child's first teachers, their parents. It also assists with our goal to empower parent/caregivers with information that will help them understand a child's cognitive, behavioural and physical development. This has been a postitive experience for our families and for myself working with Carole over the past year. I hope we can continue this relationship. Thank you Jan Robinson and Linda Bewick for your assistance with the conference and Carole's workshops.
Ingrid McKay, Malvern Family Resource Centre
TESTIMONIAL FROM CONSUMER PROTECTION WORKSHOP The Consumer Protection Workshop was great. Like any event when trying to drive home information it seems a bit overwhelming and intense but that is usually the best way to get a persons attention. I am sharing the info with our local fair and implementing many of the ideas learned at the workshop. As our times change and it seems everyone is interested in laying the blame on someone else it is wonderful to know that organizations like OAFE is helping us to become aware of our importance and how to protect ourselves when dealing with the public. While we teach we also learn. Sharing our knowledge, our farming experience and our animals with the public is important to all.
Barb Taylor, Elgin AITC
TESTIMONIAL FROM CONSUMER PROTECTION WORKSHOP Thank you for the workshop ...for Lorna to have the foresight and to recognize the need for us as volunteers to have this information, ...for you to allow her to plan and organize the presentation --the details are vital to continued success in our Ag Awareness programs ..and for the resources, hand washing posters, etc. Lorna, as a presenter, was enthusiastic and professional in sharing her expertise. Having attended or being aware of most of our venues, she capably answered questions and gave insight to our individual situations. The date, time, location, lunch and schedule were quite satisfactory.
Jean Emmott, Bite of Brant AITC