Down the Hall – Episode 40 – Growing Fields of Educators

Agriculture, and the food we eat, is a very important part of our lives. How much do we think about what we put in our bodies? Do we think about where our food comes from?

The Agriculture in the Classroom foundation (AitC) has been providing educators and students with resources and programs to help them understand the role of agriculture (especially local agriculture) in both our lives and our economy. We suggest going to their site to explore just what they can offer you as a teacher, or even as a student, who is interested in what you eat and how it gets there, as well as your nutritional choices.

Each Summer, the foundation offers a summer institute (administered by EPLT) where teachers can get together and get some hands-on experience in the agricultural world. In this week’s episode, your hosts (Dave and Heather McGregor, who graciously stepped in while our other two hosts are on vacation) discuss the foundation and the summer institute, which Heather visited on the third day. Heather also interviews the executive director of the foundation, Lindsay Babineau, in our first “in the field” interview. So be prepared for background noise.

Heather and Lindsay cover the purpose of the foundation, as well as the summer institute itself. It’s a wide-ranging interview, with a wide-ranging discussion of the foundation before that. Though they do manage to bring in Dave’s old cooking class, and hula hoops!

Before getting to the details of the show, we’d like to share a picture from the institute, as well as a great video that was done by one of the students attending.

Students exploring the field


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A great video by mrteachertong

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More details, including the link to the episode itself and the time stamps, after the jump.

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Episode 40 (35:36)

Time Stamps

00:11 | Introduction

Agriculture in the Classroom Foundation

17:03 | Interview – Agriculture in the Classroom Foundation and summer institute

Interview with Lindsay Babineau, Executive Director of AitC Foundation

31:47 | What’s Happening in EPLT?

Urban Learner #10 (UL10) M.Ed Cohort – Vancouver – starts January 2013 (Application Deadline is October 1, 2012)

M.Ed Cohort in Counselling Psychology (CP13) – Kelowna – starts July 2013 (Application Deadline is December 1, 2012)

Master of Museum Education (MED2) – Vancouver – starts September 2013 (Application Deadline is March 1, 2013)

Also, a change is coming to EPLT. Stay tuned to find out more!

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Our theme  music |  ”Digital Stop” by The Sediment Club and “Chased by a Cow” by Heifervescent, both through a Creative Commons license.

Bumper music

Selection 1 | “Foggy Dew” by Dancing Willow

Selection 2 | “Cape Clear – The Greenfields of Rossbeigh” by Aislinn

All selections thanks to Creative Commons licensing.