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Dig Into Soil Teaches 4-H Members to be Soil Health Champions

Ottawa, Ontario – April 21, 2021 – Youth across Canada will be digging into the topic of soil conservation this spring, with 4-H Canada’s newest at-home learning initiative, Dig Into Soil, developed with support from Syngenta Canada Inc. These all-new activity kits, also available as an online activity resource, give 4-H’ers fun, hands-on ways to learn about the importance of healthy soils with their families, their clubs or on their own.

Healthy soil is the foundation of our planet, providing nutrients for all living things, helping clean our water and air, and growing our food. Dig Into Soil gives youth the opportunity to explore this relationship between sustainable agricultural practices, soil conservation, food security and climate change, and consider the impact their own choices can have.

Through activities like “Sprouts and Soil Health” and “Movers and Shakers…. and Wigglers,” 4-H’ers will learn about biodiversity and the importance of soil health in food production, while “the Ultimate Compost Challenge” will grow their practical skills and “Shout-out About Soil” will give them the chance to demonstrate their youth leadership.

“As we celebrate National Soil Conservation Week, we are excited to launch the Dig Into Soil Activity Kit as an exciting initiative in our ongoing partnership with Syngenta Canada,” said Shannon Benner, CEO at 4-H Canada. “Whether doing these activities on their own, with their families or with their clubs, 4-H’ers will not only learn new skills but also be empowered to make an impact on these  important topics at home, in their communities and for the world.” 

“With 95% of the food we eat coming from the earth’s soil, it is important for 4-H’ers to engage on topics related to their food and the environment,” says Tara McCaughey, head of technical services for Syngenta Canada. “Fostering this interest is a part of our Syngenta ambition to help safely feed the world and take care of our planet. We are pleased to support more youth becoming soil champions with this creative hands-on program.”

The Dig Into Soil Activity Kits are offered under 4-H Canada’s Sustainable Agriculture & Food Security Leadership Development Pillar, supported by Pillar Partner Syngenta Canada. Programming in the Sustainable Agriculture & Food Security pillar empowers 4-H members to learn about sustainable farming practices and their impact, understand issues of food security at home and around the world, explore education and career choices in the agriculture sector, and meaningfully contribute to important global conversations, such as how to advance the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

To learn more about the Dig Into Soil Activity Kits please visit: 4-h-canada.ca/dig-into-soil.

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About 4-H Canada

For over 100 years, 4-H Canada has been one of the most highly respected positive youth development organizations in Canada. 4-H in Canada has close to 23,500 members and more than 8,700 volunteer leaders. Our goal is to help young Canadians “Learn To Do By Doing” in a safe, inclusive and fun environment. We believe in nurturing responsible, caring and contributing youth leaders who are committed to positively impacting their communities across Canada and around the world. To learn more about 4-H Canada, please visit 4-h-canada.ca and follow our Facebook, Twitter and Instagram pages.

About Syngenta

Syngenta is one of the world’s leading agriculture companies, comprised of Syngenta Crop Protection and Syngenta Seeds. Our ambition is to help safely feed the world while taking care of the planet. We aim to improve the sustainability, quality and safety of agriculture with world-class science and innovative crop solutions. Our technologies enable millions of farmers around the world to make better use of limited agricultural resources. Syngenta Crop Protection and Syngenta Seeds are part of Syngenta Group with 49,000 people in more than 100 countries working to transform how crops are grown. Through partnerships, collaboration and The Good Growth Plan, we are committed to accelerating innovation for farmers and nature, striving for carbon-neutral agriculture, helping people stay safe and healthy, and partnering for impact. To learn more visit www.syngenta.com and www.goodgrowthplan.com. Follow us on Twitter® at www.twitter.com/Syngenta and www.twitter.com/SyngentaCanada.

For more information, media may contacts:

Mike Sheeler
Marketing and Communications Director
4-H Canada
613-316-5422
msheeler@4-h-canada.ca

Christina Stroud
Head, Corporate Affairs
Syngenta Canada Inc.
519-837-5328
christina.stroud@syngenta.com