Give the Gift of Growing Trust in Agriculture

By Trish Johnson, PAg, Agriculture Program Specialist, North Battleford

As we approach the holiday season and the end of the year, many people are in the spirit of giving and may consider supporting their favourite non-profit. Did you know there are several non-profit organizations that help build public trust and leadership capacity in the agriculture industry? These groups do great work to reach their targeted audience and strengthen the sector.

Agriculture in the Classroom Saskatchewan (AITC-SK) partners with the agriculture industry and education communities to connect students with agriculture through innovative, experiential, curriculum-based programs and resources. The organization strives to strengthen the agriculture industry by creating well-informed consumers. They help students understand where their food comes from, the importance of science and technology in sustainably producing food and show that farmers care for both the land and their animals. The organization helps students think critically about the information they are exposed to, especially when it comes to food production. There are many ways to get involved with AITC-SK, whether it be donating funds for resource development, donating your time to present to a classroom in March during Canadian Agriculture Literacy Month and more. Learn more about how you can help AITC-SK.

Farm & Food Care Saskatchewan works to find new and innovative ways to connect consumers to farmers, ranchers and others involved in food production. They organize several programs to narrow the gap between consumers and farmers. They champion the agriculture industry and strive to educate the public about the safe and affordable food produced in Saskatchewan. You can get involved in several ways including hosting a farm tour, volunteering your time or donating funds. You can learn more about what they do on the Farm & Food Care Saskatchewan website.

4-H Saskatchewan works with youth to develop leadership skills, self-confidence, and a sense of community. Members learn these skills through 4-Hs Learn to Do by Doing motto. 4-H members can choose from more than 50 different project options. 4-H has become one of Canada’s most valued youth programs with roots dating back over a century. Visit their 4-H Saskatchewan website to learn more about the group, and how you can get involved or how to donate.

Mobile Crisis Services, a non-profit, community based agency, administers the Farm Stress Line which provides assistance to Saskatchewan producers who may be experiencing mental health challenges. The confidential, toll-free line helps producers clarify problems and concerns and find solutions. They can connect producers with appropriate agencies, professionals and programs and listen and support in a safe, neutral and non-judgmental environment. To learn more, please visit the Mobile Crisis website.

These organizations all make a difference in their own way. Any support helps them to make our industry stronger and more resilient.

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