Out to the community to learn from local farmers and Elders….

For the second semester Synergy Projects, this week was the start of getting our students out into the community.

Robin and I have had the amazing experience of taking students out to local farms and the greater school community to have our students engage in acquiring knowledge, via an interview process. Prior to this, our students had to reach out to the community members to arrange a time to meet, as well, walk them through an interview contract (written or oral).  This allowed students to model interview etiquette and understand the importance of consent for taking pictures and video of people and private property as well as respectfully sharing knowledge acquired from First Nations Elders.

The photos below show our visit to a local farm, Bees Please.  We are so fortunate to have community members that welcome our students and take the time to share their knowledge. Robin and I both feel that the aspect of community involvement was a powerful learning tool for all involved.  It allowed our Foods students to become more connected to their local community and create awareness of the numerous farms and business in our backyard.