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This student hopes to grow agriculture in classrooms across N.L.

Reference: CBC News

A Pasadena university student is hoping to get more young people interested in farming and food production by bringing the farm to the classroom.

Abigail Penney studies agriculture at Dalhousie University, and is working on a pitch to introduce agricultural programs into schools across Newfoundland and Labrador.

"I believe that all Newfoundlanders and Labradorians deserve access to nutritional, affordable food," Penney told Here and Now Friday.

"I think that Newfoundland has huge, unmapped potential for agriculture, and one of the steps we can take toward becoming a more self-sufficient province is educating our youth."

The call comes just days after the provincial government allotted 700 acres of Crown land for large-scale potato production near Deer Lake, an investment to help the government meet its goal of doubling the amount of food produced in Newfoundland and Labrador, from 10 to 20 per cent of the province's needs, by 2022.

By introducing agriculture into the school curriculum, Penney hopes more young people would learn about where their food comes from, and potentially take an interest in farming.

"I've always had a love for animals … and I also had a passion for cooking and baking. And I started to realize that I could connect those two things in the agriculture industry," the 19-year-old said.

"I started volunteering at farms … and that's where I gained a lot of exposure. Specifically around children and agriculture, just realizing how little children knew about where their food came from, but how enthusiastic they were to learn."... Read More