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PEI Agriculture Awareness

Member List

AAFC
Wayne Riley
AITC PEI
Atlantic Agri Business Council
Bernadette Forrester
Atlantic Veterinary College
Zoe Little
FCC
Karen McInnis Larter
Fertilizer Canada
Bernadette Forrester
(Chair)
Member at large
Marg Weeks
Member at large
Basil Attwood
P.E.I Department of Education, Early Learning and Culture
Ted Johnston
PEI 4 H
Rayanne Frizzell
(Treasurer)
PEI Dept. of Agriculture and Fisheries
Carolyn Wood
PEI Exhibitions
Jean Tingley
PEI Federation of Agriculture
PEI French Language School Board
Diana Tutty
PEI WI
Liz Spangler
PEI Young Farmers
PEIAGSC
Laurie Loane
(Vice Chair)
Women in Agriculture
Grace Terborg



Goals:
  1. To raise public awareness of the significant contribution that the agriculture sector makes to the provincial economy and to rural communities.
  2. To foster fair and informed dialogue within and outside the sector regarding issues and concerns in agriculture.
  3. To raise awareness of the PEI Agriculture Sector Council and the Agriculture Awareness Committee as a vehicle for industry partners and government to develop and use resources to foster agriculture awareness in the province.
  4. To develop partnerships with industry to generate increased and sustained funding for agriculture awareness
Objectives:
  • Provide strategic agriculture awareness direction to the PEIASC
  • To develop and implement events and resources promoting increased agriculture awareness, based on board approval
  • To provide monthly written reports to PEIASC board members
  • To provide an annual budget to PEIASC for approval
  • Other specific outputs as required
Mission Statement:
To enhance public awareness of the agriculture & agri-food industry, to coordinate agriculture awareness activities and to foster partnerships in the process.

Background:
Formed in 1992, this committee has brought together volunteers from industry, agri-food businesses and government to develop educational and promotional materials and deliver events that improve agriculture awareness in PEI. In January 2013, the committee joined the PEI Agriculture Sector council as a sub-committee in an effort to pool resources and build on each others’ strengths. Under this new structure, the committee looks forward to new opportunities to improve agriculture awareness and promote agriculture as a strong, innovative and exciting industry to be apart of.

Projects and Events:
  • PEI Open Farm Day: An annual event that sees over 20 farms open their doors to the public, providing fun and interactive ways to learn about life on a farm
  • Agriculture and Forestry Fun Day: An annual event that brings over 500 island students together with industry to learn about forestry, farming and nature
  • UPDATED Teacher Resource Fund: A resource for teachers whom wish to purchase supplies that have a direct emphasis on agriculture education is now open for the 2018-19 school year. 
  • Our C150 project has been completed   www.facebook.com/peibarnquilttrail/
  • These "shorts" are now finalized bringing our 2014 PEI Agriculture Committee’s Heritage Farms Project to an end. The Heritage Farms Project, which celebrated the rich history of PEI's Agriculture Industry, honored the families of farmers dating as far back as the early nineteenth century with commemorative plaques and a gala dinner. These are their collections of audio histories set to pictures of the past submitted by heritage farmers and O'Leary's Canadian Potato Museum. Produced by Elizabeth, with help from Cassandra Sewell and Dutch Thompson. www.facebook.com/pg/peiopenfarmday/videos/