Farmers across the province are celebrating Agricultural Literacy Week in Nova Scotia from May 4-8 by reading books about agriculture to students in grades 2 and 3. “Many of today’s children do not associate the food they eat with where it comes from and the people who produce it,” said Mark Parent, Minister of Agriculture. “Agricultural Literacy Week brings together children and those who have a connection to agriculture or who produce our food. This helps to make farming real to our younger generation.” More than 50 readers will go into school classrooms throughout the province to read an agricultural book and talk to the students about the industry. The signed book, with suggested activities to help the teachers and students explore the science and culture of farming, will stay in the classroom. “Knowing the importance of food choices will help children understand how these decisions affect their health and the health of our communities,” said Judy Grant, agricultural awareness co-ordinator with the Department of Agriculture. “Agricultural Literacy Week may also spark interest in farming as a career choice for children and help build support for a viable agriculture sector in the province.” Mr. Parent will visit the Grade 3 classes at Port Williams Elementary School, Kings Co., on Monday, May 4. “This is an opportunity to talk to the students about local agriculture and the apple sector in particular,” said Mr. Parent. “The apple industry has been a part of province’s agriculture industry since the early settlers and it continues to contribute to our economy.” Agricultural Literacy Day is sponsored by the Nova Scotia Department of Agriculture and the Nova Scotia Agricultural Awareness Committee.