Broadly speaking, agroecology is the application of ecological concepts and principles to agriculture. Agroecology as a system optimizes interactions between plants, animals, humans and the environment while safeguarding the social aspects of a sustainable and fair food system. It is believed that agroecology can deliver food security and ecosystem health, while still promoting economic stability. In saying this, agroecology is location and situation specific – there is not a “one size fits all” approach. Rather, it offers a set of principles to govern food and farming systems – approaches that can be locally-adapted and regionally applied.
With increasing pressure on ecosystems and biodiversity, the demand for sustainable farming practices has never been greater. Through this study guide students will be introduced to agroecology, its key principals and the benefits of agroecology.
How Much Wood?
Students will learn how to conduct a forest resource inventory and practice taking tree measurements in order to calculate the quantity and financial value of wood in a forested area.
Students will learn about forest certification programs and how they are administered.
Parts of Tree
Learn about the parts of a tree and their function with this handy factsheet.
Forest Growth & Carbon Capture
In this lesson, students will learn about the dynamic growth rate of a tree as it ages and the variable environmental factors that affect its growth.
Weird Wood Flashcards – Jr
Have you ever wondered where the man-made things around you come from? All of them had to come from somewhere! These fun flashcards cards can be printed and will help students learn where everyday wood products come from. They may even find the some surprising items are made with wood.
Students will explore how plant growth can be affected by soil and soil health.
Tree Planting Colouring Sheet
Learn about Ontario’s 50 Million Tree Program with this printable colouring sheet.
Old Trees, Old Tales – Sr
Students will learn about the history of Sherwood Forest and how its management differs from modern day forests. Students will also research the stories behind significant local trees.
Putting Down Roots
Students will learn about the diversity of native Ontario tree species as well as their specific habitat requirements. Students will apply their reading and deduction skills to determine which habitat is most suitable for each tree species.