Ontario Agri-Food Education rebrands itself
By Top Crop Manager
June 13, 2016 – The future of agriculture and food education dominated the conversation at the Ontario Agri-Food Education (OAFE) 2016 Annual General Meeting last week in Milton, Ont. Students, teachers, politicians and representatives from the agri-food industry gathered to discuss the evolution of agricultural education. The event also marked OAFE’s 25th anniversary.
“This milestone event marks 25 years of success in educating students and teachers about modern agriculture, developing agri-food educational programs and encouraging students to consider careers in the agri-food sector,” says Lorie Jocius, Ontario Agri-Food Education Inc. Chair.“And our speakers brought our mandate to life with first-hand experiences about agriculture and food education from today’s students, and insights on inspiring the next generation of consumers.”
Minister of Education Liz Sandals participated in the event, Minister of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs Jeff Leal sent greetings and Premier Kathleen Wynne brought video greetings and congratulations to OAFE for 25 years of dedication to education and agriculture.
“We also unveiled our new name and logo – AgScape – a hybrid of Agriculture and the vast landScape of food production and the environment,” says Jocius. “We felt it was time to rebrand OAFE to keep up with tech-savvy students as we continue our service to schools and the agri-food sector in Ontario. Our focus remains strong to “educate and inspire.” We will have more information on our rebranding throughout our 25th anniversary year.”
Ontario Agri-Food Education Inc. (OAFE) [AgScape] is a not-for-profit organization providing curriculum linked and balanced resources to Ontario schools on agriculture, food production, environmental sustainability and related topics. OAFE was created in 1991 with the mission of building awareness and understanding of the importance of agriculture and food. This year OAFE celebrates 25 years of delivering education programming about food, farming and agriculture.