Wednesday 7 August 2019

Seeds of Change: Farming & the Natural Environment

Spring water, edible weeds, compost and manure – the 12-13 year olds attending CISV Saskatoon’s summer camp excursion to a farm in the aspen parkland had lots to learn about the natural environment of Saskatchewan and the role and impact of agriculture and farming.

Here’s what some of the youth participants had to say:

“I had fun. I liked the compost pile. I learned that farming is a difficult life. There are a lot of jobs with not a lot of help. It’s hard being farmer because there are big companies that make the prices fall. It’s better to support small companies that care about what they do. They care about the soil. It’s important not to support companies that don’t have good ethics.” - Carlos

“I learned that there is not enough wetlands in the world and we need more wetlands. The changing environment has destroyed them, such as things like pollution and building houses on the land, means that we are losing the wetlands that animals live in, and that means that we are losing the animals too.” - Ben

“I learned a lot at the garden, such as you have to take a lot of care of what you want to grow and that sometimes it seems like it is boring but at the end you discover that it is a very fun thing and you can do it happily.” - Martin

“Some weeds are very bad because they are invasive. It was really hard to pull the burdock out of the ground, and it is not good how it takes over. It will be everywhere and it will cause the natural plants to disappear.” - Soren

CISV Saskatoon received an EcoFriendly Action Grant to help pay the costs of the outing. 

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