New resource brings agriculture lessons into Canadian schools

A partnership between Farm & Food Care (FFC) and Agriculture in the Classroom Canada (AITC-C) has led to the completion of a national classroom resource designed to give students and teachers across Canada the opportunity to dig deeper into the latest edition of The Real Dirt on Farming (RDOF). 

The Real Dirt on Farming in the Classroom was produced by AITC-C, working in collaboration with FFC. With the help of AITC-C’s provincial agriculture in the classroom organizations, it will be distributed digitally, along with the RDOF booklet, to classrooms across Canada. 

Lesson plans in the 36-page document enable students to engage with the RDOF while examining its key topics – animal welfare, crops and plants, sustainability, agriculture policy, current issues in our food system and more. 

The Real Dirt on Farming in the Classroom accompanies the fifth edition of the RDOF booklet which was released in November, 2020. To date, 4.5 million copies of the prior editions have been distributed across Canada to libraries, doctors’ offices, Registered Dietitians, political leaders, educators, and through inserts in national publications.

The publication as well as the educator guide is currently available online on a newly-developed website at and Hard copies of the classroom resource will be available later in the year.