Healthy eating leads to positive health outcomes and is an important thing for clients to learn when recovering from a health problem. But access to healthy foods and how you cook them can be a challenge for many people.
Farm-to-Table classes implemented in west-central Saskatchewan are educating people about the benefits of pulses in our diets and best practices in agriculture. The classes, which have been offered in 18 communities in the area since 2017, are the results of a partnership between the G-Macs Ag team, Saskatchewan Health Authority and area dietitians.
SHA dietitian Lindy McLeod and G-Macs’ ag team agrologist Janelle Swan both have farm operations in the area and know the importance of growing pulse crops.
From left: Joanne Macey of GMacs, SHA Dietitian Ann McCormick, and GMacs Agrologist Janelle Swan at a Farm-to-Table class.
“We both believe it is important to educate people about farming as a business, and how safe the food in Saskatchewan and Canada is,” says Lindy. “Pulses are nutrient-dense, cost-efficient and have an indefinite shelf life so the classes talk about how they should be a staple in our diets, and offer hands-on experience in cooking and handling lentils.”
GMAcs funded the classes and charged a small registration fee to participants, which was donated back to local charities and community initiatives.
“This is a great program and the feedback from the participants has been excellent. People said they learned so much and enjoyed trying something new,” says Janelle.
A Farm-to-Table class in Kindersley.