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AAFC invested in ag jobs for youth


August 2, 2018
By Greenhouse Canada
Front: Ian Adamson (President, Greenbelt Microgreens), Minister Tassi, Kristina Lee (Intern, Greenbelt Microgreens). Back: Jeremy Reekie (Intern, Greenbelt Microgreens), Michael Curry (VP, Greenbelt Microgreens) Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada

Lynden, Ontario – This week, Agriculture and Agri-food Canada highlighted their investment of $117,500 in student internships at Greenbelt Microgreens under the Agricultural Youth Green Jobs Initiative.

The investment has allowed the organic microgreens facility to hire students for the past three years, giving them hands-on experience in fresh produce production from seed to harvest.

“The Agricultural Youth Green Jobs Initiative has been an excellent tool in the introduction and recruitment of qualified personnel to our operation,” says Ian Adamson, president and founder of Greenbelt Microgreens. “Through this initiative, we were able to accelerate a number of projects pertaining to plant health, food safety, and the incorporation of new greenhouse infrastructure and technology.”

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Since its inception in 2016, the Agricultural Youth Green Jobs Initiative has created 591 new jobs for youth between 15 and 30 years of age, all across Canada. This includes placements on the farm, as well as with organizations associated with the agriculture and agri-food sector.

$640,000 had been previously invested by the AAFC to help expand and modernize Greenbelt Microgreen’s 3.5-acre greenhouse facility.