By Mable Hastings
On Tuesday, June 7 the Missisquoi North Volunteer Centre (CABMN) Youth Program held its end of year party for its Mansonville Agricultural Youth Organization (MAYO)/Jeunes Agriculteurs de Mansonville (JAM) program. This after school program is for youth ages 5 to 12 and meets after school two days per week on Tuesdays and Wednesdays at the Youth Centre, 282 Principale in Mansonville.
The MAYO/JAM program that was started during the Pandemic as a means of keeping youth gathered in an outdoor space has given the youth participating the opportunity to visit the hobby farms of Animators, Eleanor Cote (horses) and Ethan Ball (pigs and chickens) on a weekly basis to learn about animal care, land maintenance and usage, planting and food production, food preparation…. Ethan Ball has introduced the children to his registered kunekune pigs (a New Zealand breed) and this spring the kids welcomed their first piglets as Lindsay gave birth to five black and white beauties!
The youth also took plants from the seed planting stage to beautiful and bountiful plants to take home to put into gardens or pots at home where as they produce food, will be enjoyed by the entire family. Following every stage of the process closely and learning about transplanting and caring for plants, these youth are now masters at the task!
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