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Egg-ucation enroute to Hamilton schools

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By Jean-Anne Bauman, Community Development Worker

Have you ever wanted to go to a farm and check it out?   Hamilton schools that serve eggs as part of their Student Nutrition Program will have the farm come to them!

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Mr. Weber, retired egg farmer

In partnership with the Egg Farmers of Ontario, the Egg Education Trailer will visit these egg-serving schools.  The trailer is a mobile exhibit that shows how eggs get from farm to table (complete with live hens and an egg sorter).  Participating classes spend about fifteen minutes at the egg trailer to learn about the process and different facts from Mr. Weber, trailer operator and retired egg farmer.

Kids get to see brown chickens laying brown eggs and white chickens laying white eggs and learn other interesting chicken and egg facts – like the nutritional difference between brown and white eggs, and here’s the answer:

Green Acres School and W.H. Ballard School are two places Mr. Weber and the Egg Education Trailer have been to so far.  Younger kids are tickled just seeing the hens and trying to guess the ingredients in the feed.     With older students, Mr. Weber tries to chat about information (and misinformation) that they may see in the media.   This has included hormones and antibiotics in feed (none in Canada) to how farmers’ management helps discourage “chicken bullying”.

Want to “virtually” go to the farm?   Check out the Egg Farmers of Ontario website, loaded with videos and facts on eggs (such as what determines the thickness of an eggshell), hens, farms and farmers, egg nutrition, and more!

Green Acres gets cracking

Instead of serving breakfasts before classes, her volunteer organization helps to provide early morning meals in the middle of the school day, so all students can learn with full stomachs.

“Breakfasts served before the school day can be challenging because not everyone can be there,” said Pike, manager of student nutrition programs for Tastebuds Hamilton. “The early morning meal is served after second period, so everybody’s here. And there’s no stigma.”

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Article source: Hamilton Community News
Image source: Mike Pearson

Egg Farmers of Ontario bring more eggs to Hamilton schools

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Green Acres Elementary School was the place to be on January 10, 2014.  Tastebuds and the Egg Farmers of Ontario announced their recent partnership in the goal to connect students with nutritious food at school.

This new partnership with Egg Farmers of Ontario will fund egg purchases at schools. Scott Graham, Chair of Egg Farmers of Ontario, presented a cheque  of $20,000 to Tastebuds to help do this.

Students at Green Acres Elementary School also had a fun time learning more about egg farming. Egg farmer Scott Graham shared trivia, such as how many eggs a typical hen produces in a year (330) and gave a glimpse into what life on the farm is like.

Students at Green Acres have daily access to nutritious food before or during their first break.  This is largely run by volunteers with financial support from Tastebuds and their partners, which now includes the Egg Farmers of Ontario.   Nutrition programs help compliment items brought from home so students have food they need to fuel learning. Friday was a good day as students at Green Acres Elementary School got to enjoy hard-boiled eggs as part of their nutrition program!

Thanks to Harry Pelissero, General Manager of the Egg Farmers of Ontario, and to Scott Graham, Egg Farmers of Ontario Chair and egg farmer extraordinaire who traveled all the way from St. Mary’s to be at Green Acres. Click here to check out the Graham Egg Farm.

Check out Green Acres in the Stoney Creek News care of Mike Pearson.