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AgriTech Skills Development Workshops

AgriTech Skills Development Workshops

$0.00

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

Proudly Hosted by Boreal Farms in partnerhsip with STEM Minds!

FREE – Skills Development Workshops

Ideal for For High School students looking for career options (Gr 11-12), or youth cohorts working with skill building or employment agencies.

Workshops for Agri Tech – Get started with a unique learning opportunity experience!

Join us in-person with your group / class at STEM Minds / Boreal Farms to get hands-on with AgriTech learning opportunities. Our expert instructors will lead you through a fully curriculum-connected, hands-on learning journey like you’ve never seen.  Please let us know how many participants will be joining the class and we will take care of the rest!

This registration is not a confirmation of the workshop. Logistics of dates / time will be discussed after we receive your request. We only have 12 Free Workshops available (30 participants in each workshop) – funded by SKILLS DEVELOPMENT FUND:

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Half Day Workshops (3 hours) Topics with Hands on Project (DIY Grow Units)

  • Option 1: Introduction to AgriTech and Agriculture 4.0
  • Option 2: Introduction to York Region & Simcoe County’s Agri-Food Sector

 

Notice of Collection:

Please note, participating in this program will require each student to complete the Skills Development Fund Participation Registration Form. 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.

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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.

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Workshop Option 1: Agri-Tech & Agriculture 4.0

In this 3 hours workshop you will learn:

Introduction to Canadian Agriculture

  • Overview of the impacts (social, environmental, economic) of Canadian agriculture
  • Introduction of sub-sectors of primary production (beef, poultry, dairy, cash crops, horticulture, aquaculture, fruits, vegetables)
  • Introduction to challenges and opportunities in primary production around the world

The Rise of Agri-Tech

  • Introduction to the term agri-tech and its broad use across the industry
  • Introduce Agri-Tech applications in each sub-sector of primary production
    • Case-by-case examples of how Agri-Tech is impacting farms across Canada
  • Review the components of technologies (hardware / software) and their use-case in agriculture
  • Discuss the aspects of Science, Technology, Engineering and Math used to develop Agri-Tech
  • Share some emerging themes in Agri-Tech and what the future of the industry may look like

Introduction to Controlled Environment Agriculture (CEA)

  • Introduce the concept of CEA and its relation to conditions in the natural environment
    • Highlight agricultural sub-sectors that use CEA for crop, animal and insect production
  • Introduce technologies and processes that are used to create and manage CEA
  • Introduction to Hydroponics, Aquaponics and Vertical Farming / Indoor Farming
  • Highlight the uses and importance of technology to support efficient management of operations and how tech is helping farmers grow more with less
  • Case studies of Canadian Agri-Tech companies who are involved in CEA

Health & Safety, Careers and Soft Skills

  • Introduction to food and operational safety on farms (general themes and considerations)
  • Introduction of Agri-Tech that supports Health & Safety tracking and traceability on farms
  • Overview of the Agri-Food value chain and career pathways and opportunities
    • Input suppliers, logistics, production, processing, retail, nutrition, marketing, research
  • Discussing some of the core soft skills required for career success in Agri-Food

 

Workshop Option 2: Innovations, Careers and Trends in Ontario’s Agri-Food Sector

n this 3 hour workshop you will learn:

Introduction to Canadian Agriculture

  • Overview of the impacts (social, environmental, economic) of Canadian agriculture
  • Introduction of sub-sectors of primary production (beef, poultry, dairy, cash crops, horticulture, aquaculture, fruits, vegetables)
  • Introduction to challenges and opportunities in primary production around the world
  • Focus on Ontario, York Region & Simcoe County’s Agriculture Sector
    • Highlight regional trends for primary production across Ontario
    • Highlight key trends, locations and markets within YR & SC

Introducing the Agri-Food Value Chain

  • Overview of the Agri-Food value chain and career pathways and opportunities
    • Input suppliers, logistics, production, processing, retail, nutrition, marketing, research
  • Introduction to local businesses in YR & SC and their role in the agri-food value chain
  • Overview of current and future opportunities in Agri-Food
    • Identifying trends, innovations and best practices
  • Introducing the role of Agri-Tech in the value chain
    • Case studies of Ontario businesses leveraging technology to improve practices
    • Overview of Institutions working on Agricultural Innovations
  • Introduction to Community / Local Organizations working within social needs of Agri-Food
    • Charities, Nonprofits and NGO’s that work to support food security and sovereignty locally

Impacts of Local Food on Health, Community, Economy and Climate Change

  • Discuss what the term ‘local food’ means and introduce programs that support local food
    • Stats and figures highlighting the value and potential of Ontario grown / raised foods
  • Introduce real and potential climate impacts of agriculture globally and regionally
    • Highlight some strategies / organisations that are working towards climate resilient farming
  • Review best practices as related to on-farm sustainability
    • Case studies / examples of what small-scale farmers are doing to regenerate the land and produce healthier foods for Ontarians

Health & Safety, Careers and Soft Skills

  • Introduction to food and operational safety on farms (general themes and considerations)
  • Introduction of Agri-Tech that supports Health & Safety tracking and traceability on farms
  • Discussing some of the core soft skills required for career success in Agri-Food