Submitted by Kathleen Pilatzke
On July 14, 2014, three of my fellow Yellowhead 4-H Club members and myself participated in Food for Thought 2014, held in Langley B.C., July 14 to 18. Along with 46 other delegates from all areas of B.C., our chaperones and facilitators, we toured many local farms, and participated in fun activities.
Food for Thought is a program put on by BC 4-H for 4-H members ages 14-15, that is meant to teach youth about food production, agriculture and where our food comes from. It is also a great opportunity to meet new people and make friends.
When we arrived at Trinity Western University in Langley we were assigned our rooms and then played games to get to know everyone, we were also put into small groups. Then for the next three days we had action packed days full of farm tours and activities. Some of the farm tours we went on were a virtual salmon farm tour, a beef and berry farm tour, a mushroom farm tour, lots of green house tours and more! The organizers had lots of fun activities for us to do, including Agricultural Olympics, an agricultural land reserve debate, a hot topics in agriculture discussion at the University of the Fraser Valley, and an afternoon at the Cultus Lake waterslides.
On the last day the small groups gave presentations on what we had learned, then we had a dance and a slide show to wrap up the event.
I had an amazing time at Food for Thought 2014 and learned a lot about agriculture in B.C. and Canada, as I’m sure everyone else who went did to.