Spring time is one of the most important times of year for the Alberta Farm Animal Care Team. The staff spends quite a bit of time on the road and at different agriculture education events. Sadly this year all public outreach events have been cancelled.
This is how the idea behind AFACts was born! AFACts is a series of short episodes mainly directed at children between the ages of 3-18, but it has naturally formed itself into something that adults are interested in too.
The goal behind these series is to do the following:
- Help parents out with homeschooling by providing an alternative option for kids to learn something educational about the agricultural field.
- Provide both a virtual learning experience, but also challenge kids and parents to take the things that they learned into a real world setting. Parents are being overloaded with virtual experiences, so it was important to AFAC to include both!
- AFAC is known for working with other groups and individuals, so we wanted to do different featured episodes that talked about livestock welfare and agriculture in as many different aspects as possible.
So far we have had three episodes. The first episode featured a general introduction to livestock welfare featuring the Alberta Farm Animal Care 5 Freedoms Game. The second episode featured Becky Taylor, a Registered Veterinary Technologist.
The third one was a picnic lunch where families were encouraged to try and get an item from each of the different categories that were given to them. If you haven’t seen these yet, make sure to check out the AFAC Facebook page to take a peek. The posts have reached almost 1500 people and we hope with each episode to increase the number of people that tune in to watch them!