France teaches Agriculture in High Speed Trains

Flickr cc Eldelinux

Flickr cc Eldelinux

For Easter, French High Speed Trains (TGV) transform into ambassadors of Agriculture.

The initiative was launched last year by the SNCF (National Railways Company) and the association Passion Céréales. The idea is to use trains, which run across all of France and transports hundreds of thousands of passengers daily, as a way to raise awareness about agriculture.

OBSERVATION OF BOOKS FOR CHILDREN

“With the help of their parents, grandparents or connivance of leaders , children are invited to discover the diversity of agricultural landscapes visible from the window of the TGV.”
Passion Céréales: http://www.passioncereales.fr/presentation/actualites/red%C3%A9couvrez-les-paysages-agricoles-%C3%A0-bord-de-tgv

70,000 booklets will be distributed to children in railway stations and on board the trains.
The booklets encourage children to look out the window of the train and try to recognize the different elements around them. Drawings and games help them identify different crops, farming equipment, animals, types of landscape and fields..

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“Circle the animals who live in cereal fields” – From SCNF Brochure

The booklets (in French) are available for download online:
http://medias.sncf.com/sncfcom/pdf/jeu_concours/Livret_SNCF_PASSION_CEREALES_2014.pdf


MEETING WITH FARMERS ON BOARD TGV

April 19 farmers will board the trains to meet the travelers and share their agriculture knowledge and experience.
On the social media, farmers welcome the initiative:

PHOTO CONTEST  Travelers are also encouraged to take pictures from the train and post them with a comment on the social media using the hashtag #paysagesTVG or on the Facebook Page of the event. The pictures that receive the most “likes” will be rewarded ! The winner will spend a weekend with a farmer during harvest time. Although it is still early, here are some of the first snapshots:

 

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