In­terns visit Is­land farms

Stu­dents from France get a first-hand look at how to farm in P.E.I.

The Guardian (Charlottetown) - - THE ISLAND -

Twelve in­terns from a col­lege in France got a taste of what it’s like to work on a P.E.I. farm.

From July 7-9, the in­terns from four Bre­ton col­leges spe­cial­iz­ing in agri­cul­ture were dis­persed to dif­fer­ent farms across the prov­ince.

Jacinthe Lemire, di­rec­tor of La Coopéra­tive d’in­té­gra­tion fran­co­hone de I’l,-P.E (CIF), said the in­tern­ships are the first step of the AgriIn­terCul­ture pro­gram.

“Our ul­ti­mate goal is still to per­ma­nently re­cruit farm­work­ers or own­ers, but in­tern­ships are an ex­cel­lent way to build a net­work here and in Europe and to pre­pare us for the pro­gram’s fu­ture,’’ Lemire said.

The CIF also hosted So­nia An­dre, a teacher at the French col­lege Ly­cée des Verg­ers in Brit­tany. She was here to visit five of her stu­dents.

“Our col­lege has been send­ing in­terns to Canada for over 10 years now but this is our first year in Prince Ed­ward Is­land,’’ An­dre said, not­ing that the Is­land’s agri­cul­ture is quite dif­fer­ent from that in Brit­tany.

“Our col­lege will be even bet­ter pre­pared for the stu­dents com­ing to the Is­land next year.’’

An­dre said the in­tern­ships gives her stu­dents a chance to learn agri­cul­ture from a dif­fer­ent an­gle.

“It also stim­u­lates their spirit of open­ness by spend­ing time in a dif­fer­ent cul­ture and learn­ing to jug­gle two lan­guages.’’

Farm­ers in­ter­ested in host­ing in­terns, hir­ing work­ers or who are look­ing for some­one to take over their farm can con­tact Noella Richard at 902-854-3439, ex­ten­sion 222.

SUB­MIT­TED PHOTO

A stu­dent from a col­lege in France han­dles some horses on a P.E.I. farm ear­lier this month as 12 in­terns from Bre­ton col­leges learn all about farm­ing on the Is­land.

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