Participants to learn more about current agriculture and food security issues in the world as well as in their local communities. Participants will explore what Free the Children has done overseas to help alleviate these issues. In addition, participants will be introduced to our We Scare Hunger Campaign and what they can do to help support local hunger issues.

Free the Children is an international charity and educational partner, Free The Children believes in a world where all young people are free to achieve their fullest potential as agents of change. We work to empower youth to remove barriers that prevent them from being active local and global citizens.

Our domestic and international programming work together to achieve this.

In Canada, the US, and the UK, the organization provides comprehensive programs for service learning and active citizenship. We educate, engage and empower youth in North America, the UK and around the world with the tools, knowledge, confidence and support network to be ambassadors for change and lead meaningful action. Overseas, through our international programming model, Adopt a Village, we work together with communities in Africa, Asia and Latin America to establish a comprehensive, child-focused development approach that gives all community members the education, skills and opportunity to lift themselves out of poverty—forever.

WATER INITIATIVE

Through a reflective activity, participants will explore where water comes from and how much of it is realistically accessible. In addition, participants will learn how having access to clean water can help break the cycle of poverty and what Free the Children does to bring clean water access to communities all over the world.

REPTILES AT RISK: CLOSE ENCOUNTER WITH ONTARIO’S AT RISK REPTILES

Reptiles at Risk will speak about Ontario reptiles and the species they will have on hand. You will also get the opportunity to have some hands-on animal interaction where everyone is given the chance to touch and hold them.

WONDER OF WORMS & SIMPLICITY OF SPROUTS BY CATHY’S CRAWLY COMPOSTERS

Learn all about worms and vermicomposting – a viable solution for anywhere not being served by an organic collection program or access to backyard composting. Discover how worms convert organic matter into nature’s finest soil amendment known as castings. Worm composting is explained from set-up to harvest. Worms are going to play an ever-increasing role in waste management, soil production and therefore food security. Sprouts are considered nature’s superfood. Learn how to grow sprouts on the counter for pennies a day in 24-48 hours. Adding sprouts to your life adds life to your life. Worms for amending the soil and sprouts for eating are going to help solve world hunger. Kids become instant farmers and love to watch the sprouts come to life!

GARDENING FOR THE BIRDS WITH KRISTEN MARTYN FROM WILD BIRDS UNLIMITED BARRIE

Creating a refuge in your own backyard will improve the lives of birds and other wildlife and it is a fun and rewarding activity for your family, too. Join Kristen Martyn of Wild Birds Unlimited Barrie, as she explores how you can create a garden for the birds and other wildlife to enjoy. This presentation focuses on the four key elements of attracting wildlife as well as the use of specific types of plants (with emphasis on native plants). This presentation is packed full of photos of local backyard birds and wildlife, and is a must hear for anyone who enjoys gardening and is always looking for ways to bring wildlife into their yard.

HOW TO MAKE DAIRY FREE MILK WITH JESSICA FROM RAWLICIOUS

Learn how you can make delicious dairy milk alternatives. Jessica Valiant RHN (Registered Holistic Nutritionist) is the owner of Rawlicious in downtown Barrie. An entirely Raw, Vegan and Organic restaurant serving lunch & dinner, Rawlicious will be celebrating their 2nd year anniversary in September! Everything on the menu is gluten, dairy and wheat free and free of processed sugars. Jessica brought Rawlicious to the Barrie community as a means of raising the awareness of whole-unprocessed foods and making it accessible for everyone to try. She is passionate about healthy food and demystifying the public’s misconceptions about eating well.