The Bite of Brant program, run by the Brant County Agricultural Awareness Committee (BCAAC), has been presented with the 2019 Farm & Food Care Ontario Champion Award.
The award has annually recognized individuals or groups in Ontario committed to engaging consumers on agriculture.
The Bite of Brant two-day program exposes 1,000 Grade 5 students in Brant County to Ontario agriculture and its importance to society.
This year marked 24 years for the event, held at the Burford Fairgrounds on April 10-11.
With more than 120 volunteers, including farmers, retired teachers and others in the agricultural industry, the event teaches the youth of Brant about agriculture career opportunities, the importance of buying local and food production.
At the event, 20 stations offer a chance for participants to get a closer look at agriculture. Some stations offer hands-on learning opportunities, such as pressing apples to make cider, “milking” a life-size cow model and milling wheat to make flour.
“It is neat to watch the students’ eyes light up as they learn about farming and what it means to be a farmer,” said Janet Licskai, who has volunteered at the Bite of Brant for years. “One of the reasons it’s so successful is that the students get a chance to learn by participating.”
The BCAAC was nominated by Sandra Vos, vice-president of the Brant County Federation of Agriculture.
“It is important for students to gain an appreciation for the high quality of Ontario food and to have some knowledge of how it is produced,” said Vos.
The hard work that goes into showcasing the importance, experience, and love the volunteers have for their farms, livestock, food production and industry illustrates that the Bite of Brant is worthy of the award, said Vos.
The award was presented at the Farm & Food Care annual meeting in Milton on April 10.