Agri Tech Summer Camp (2024)

Agri Tech Summer Camp (2024)


In-Person Program 

This Employment Ontario Project is funded in part by the Government of Canada and the Government of Ontario

Join us for a FREE fun summer camp for 15+ youth, hosted by STEM Minds and Boreal Farms to give you hands on experience in agriculture and sustainable practices to address many of the SDG goals like:

  • Food Insecurity
  • Sustainable Environment
  • Job insecurity

During these camps you will learn about sustainable gardening to innovation in the Agri Tech sector. These camps are for 15+ youth who are interested in learning about sustainable gardening at home to upskilling/reskilling for a career in Agriculture and Technology.

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For 15+ Youth 

Dates ,Themes and Location: 

  • Camp Week 1: July 2-5, 2024
    • Boreal Farms: 13175 Weston Rd, King City
  • Camp Week 2: July 8-12, 2024
    • Boreal Farms: 13175 Weston Rd, King City
  • Camp Week 3: July 15-19, 2024
    • Boreal Farms: 13175 Weston Rd, King City
  • Camp Week 4: July 22-26, 2024
    • Boreal Farms: 13175 Weston Rd, King City

Times:  10:00am-3:00pm

Location: Boreal Farms: 13175 Weston Rd, King City

Number of Participants

  • Maximum of 30 participants  for each camp week. Please note that prior registration is required to attend each session. 

Spots are limited and available on a first-come, first-served basis.

Notice of Collection:

Please note, participating in this program will require each student to complete the Skills Development Fund Participation Registration Form. This form only needs to be completed once. This is a mandatory requirement from the Ministry of Labour. These forms will need to be completed and submitted when the workshop is delivered. By enrolling in this program you are providing your explicit consent to participating and providing the required information. The forms will be saved for 7 years as mandated by the Province for this Project and in compliance with applicable Privacy Laws and will be made available to the Province, upon request.

Please refer to our general privacy policy at STEM Minds.

Form that will be requird for registartion: https://www.stemminds.com/wp-content/uploads/2024/03/sdf-participant-registration-form-en-2.pdf
If you do not wish to provide this information, please do not proceed with the registration

By proceeding to participate in this program, you acknowldge to participate in an interview and/or survey which will be conducted by our authorized partner – Seneca Polytechnic. The focus of the survey will be on the impact of this program. Details will be shared before your participation is requested.

Permission to Use Photograph and Video

I hereby grant to STEM Minds Corp., its representatives and employees, the right to take photographs and videos of myself and hereby consent to the use of such photographs and/or videos in STEM Minds Corp.’s marketing and promotional materials, in print and/or electronically. I acknowledge and agree that STEM Minds Corp. shall own all copyright in such pictures and videos. I agree that STEM Minds Corp. may use such photographs and videos with or without my name for any marketing and/or promotional activity, including without limitation its Website, newspaper advertisements and social media without any compensation being payable and without any additional consent or authorization from myself.

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Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday
Day Theme Introduction to Boreal Farms & Property Operations / Safety Machine Learning tools in Agriculture Remote Monitoring on the Farm Agronomists for the Day Farm-assist Robots
10am - 11am - Welcome & introduction
- Walkthrough on the farm
- Highlight different infrastructure around the farm and on the property
- Discuss on-farm safety while on premises
- Discuss layout and overall program used to manage the farm
- Welcome & Introduction to the day’s theme
- Discussion of on-farm maintenance and management (what to look for to ensure healthy plants)
- What technologies are being used in the industry (robot pickers and image interpreters)
- Welcome & Introduction to the day’s theme
- Discussion of remote monitoring, past practices of using satellites for imagery (drought / weeds / deficiency) on farms and how drone technology has enabled new ways to monitor crops with greater accuracy
- Welcome & Intro to the day’s theme
- Discussion about agronomy as a career path, what they do on farms and how it is relevant to businesses
- Walk through the farm and discuss how to ‘inspect’ different plants, what data to collect and how to assign economic value to plants on a farm
- Welcome & Introduction to the day’s theme
- Discussion about the use of machines and robotics used on farms (what they do, why they are needed, how they operate)
- Focus discussion on plant nurseries and how laborious plant re-spacing can be and how it can be replaced with robots
11am - 12pm - Head into the classroom for presentation about regenerative farming and agrifood in Ontario, GTA and York Region

- Showcase some of the key principles to regenerative farming and discuss the benefits to this approach (ecological and economic)

- Show some of the typical tools and equipment used on the farm and discuss & demonstrate appropriate use

- Introduction to Google’s teachable machine and how it can be used to capture and analyze data on a farm
- Creating individualized project plan that will be used to identify ripeness, mildew, pests, or vegetable size- Begin collecting data on the farm
- Introduction to the mini drones, how to fly them, orient them and capture / read images with them

- Begin to use drones to capture videos / photos over the crops (selecting one aspect that can be monitored and what value it is to a farmer)

- Campers walk through the farm and collect data on different plants (captured on worksheets)
- Campers analyze captured data and begin to create mini financial projections for crops- Using laptops, gather ‘market research’ on vegetable costs from the grocery store
- Introduce the mini robots and how they work (create flat surface with pathway and markings for plants etc.)
- Students work together to code the robot to pick up a group of potted plants and move them to another area with more spacing.
12pm - 12:30pm Lunch Lunch Lunch Lunch Lunch
12:30pm - 2pm - Head over to the farm for an immersive bed-prep and seed planting activity
- Groups will assist in the soil prep and planting process facilitated by Brandon
- Using laptops, create classes and begin to upload images into teachable machine

- Complete by end of the day

- Use laptops to create a ‘heat map’ of crops that identifies differences with colours - Campers build out a ‘farmgate value plan’ combining plant and economic data - Closing remarks and fun harvest-lunch event
- Closing Survey