As fair time is fast approaching, the Markham Fair is getting primary school students involved in preparing our fair grounds for the fall! From May 20-23, Markham Fair staff is visiting 3 local elementary schools (Fraklin Street, Black Walnut, and Mazo de la Roche) to do 30-minute workshops with students in Senior Kindergarten, grade1, and grade 2. In sessions, the students will learn how a seed grows into a plant, and then plant either a sunflower or pumpkin seed! After 2 weeks of caring for and watching the seeds grow, the young pumpkins and sunflowers will be transplanted onto the fairgrounds. This will be ideal planting season! The students and their parents will get to see how their seeds are progressing during the summer through pictures and updates from the summer student in charge of this project! Then, come fair time on October 2-5th, the students will get to visit the pumpkins and sunflowers they started and see how they’ve grown.
The goal of this initiative is to talk to our youth about the importance of local agriculture and where our food comes from, connect them more to nature, and teach them about sustainability. We also hope that it will connect these students and their families to the fair in a whole new way. We want our fellow community members to not just attend the fair, but be involved in it!
If you’re a teacher and would like to get involved in this initiative next school year, contact firstname.lastname@example.org!