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Local students take a Bite of Brant

AgricultureLocal students take a Bite of Brant

Nine hundred students in grades four, five and six visited the Burford Fairgrounds to learn about the agri-food industry at Bite of Brant on Tuesday, April 12 and Wednesday, April 13.

“The excitement and enthusiasm of the students and teachers was amazing,” Jean Emmott said, an organizer of Bite of Brant. “It is just so great to be back hosting an in person event this year, that hands on experience is unlike anything else.”

Grade five students from Princess Elizabeth Public School learn about soil health at Bite of Brant on Tuesday, April 12.

This year marked the 26th in-person event. Since its conception, Bite of Brant has welcomed 22,000 students through to learn all about where their food comes from.

“We couldn’t do what we do without the dedication of our volunteers,” she said. “We have over 100 volunteers that make it possible, from our farmers that come to educate to everyone behind the scenes.”

Emmott said that in a normal year, planning the event takes almost a year but this year’s event came with additional challenges, navigating the ongoing pandemic. 

Ethan Stys, a grade six student from Oakland Scotland School, presses apples with Jay Howell at Bite of Brant on Tuesday, April 12.

Throughout the four sessions, Bite of Brant welcomed just over 900 students and teachers from 16 different schools.

Groups got hands on experiences during their visit including pressing apples to make cider, grinding wheat into flour to make pizza dough, and observing farm animals and equipment.

“It’s important for us to continue educating students about agriculture,” Emmott said. “It is the number one industry in the County of Brant and we need to inspire the next generation to support local farmers. They are already consumers and are our future decision makers.”

Students from Oakland Scotland School make friends with a cow at Bite of Brant in Burford on Tuesday, April 12.
Asher Pearce, a grade five student from St. Pius X Catholic Elementary School, asks farmer Larry Davis a question about soybeans at Bite of Brant on Tuesday, April 12.
Gabe Timmins, a grade five student from Princess Elizabeth Public School, tries his hand at milking a cow at Bite of Brant in Burford on Tuesday, April 12.

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