Education at the forefront of IPM
(Steph Larouche, MyWestNipissingNow.com staff)
There is much to be learned at the 2019 International Plowing Match and Rural Expo in Verner.
“We want to bring students in to show them where food comes from,” Sandee Guindon, the chair of the Education Committee for the IPM said.
Students will be a main component to the interactive events as they will have the chance to come in and experience all the IPM has to offer.
“We want them to know the hard work that farmers put in and what the agricultural industry looks like. We brought in vendors so that the students can experience that. Everything will be hands-on and interactive. We have events taking place for children that are coming in from kindergarten to grade 12. We also have exhibits from Science North coming in and from some of our local colleges. We are hoping that it is fun for them and educational.”
As for parents and caregivers who want in on the action as well, every student who attends will be given a free pass to come back with their family on another day of the IPM. This would allow students time to come back and get a better look at everything with their families.
Something families can do together is find their way out of a maze on the IPM grounds, designed by the students from White Woods Public School.
There will also be a pumpkin chucking competition for high school students.
“Schools have created their own catapults and are bringing them in to compete and Leisure Farms are donating the pumpkins to smash on site,” Guindon said.
Teachers are asked to click here to register their classes.
The IPM runs September 17-21 in Verner.