FortWhyte Farms Spring Academic Program has begun!
Farm Staff and Volunteers are working with 8 different groups from 3 Winnipeg school divisions to experience curriculum-based learnings on the farm. We are hosting three programs a day, three days a week until June.
Our first learning theme for 2017 is Rabbits. Youth participants are learning how to care for the animals and prepare rabbit stew and rabbit lasagna in our Farm-to-Fork Training Kitchen.
In the Spring Academic Program, we want youth to feel heard. We also want youth to utilize art and technology for positive social change. One tool youth use at FortWhyte to explore food and agriculture topics, engage in math and science, and to express themselves is loosely based on the photography tool, Photovoice. If you’d never heard of Photovoice, check it out! It is an engagement method where everyone is able to sharing their thoughts through photos and imagery. Here are some samples from youth at R.B. Russell High School during Rabbit Week:
A large part of the FortWhyte Farms program is experiential learning, outdoors.
Youth have had a chance to mimic rabbits by using snowshoes to get around in FortWhyte Alive’s aspen parkland.
Winter is coming, and we hope you are reveling in the crispy air and beautiful sunrises this time of year.
Our youth programming is still running, even though the leaves are shriveling and the ground is going to freeze. Right now, our staff are working with 5 youth organizations and high schools to get youth out of the classroom to learn science and phys ed while engaging in hands-on food and farm work.
There are lots of ways you can still connect with the farm, and we still need your support! Check out our list of events this fall, which directly fund our youth programs and operations, or make a donation to FortWhyte Farms with the End of year Campaign coming soon, to ensure FortWhyte Alive exists for another 50 years!
Today is officially your last share for the season – your bin includes:
For those of you who have never eaten broccoli stem – you haven’t lived! Broccoli is one of many plants in the cruciferae family that fights cancer, makes you super healthy and probably gives you 50* extra years of life!
With heart and hands, your farmers at FortWhyte Farms. See you soon!!!
*This actually hasn’t been proven, but we at FortWhyte would like to think it’s fact.
It’s that time: this is your last regular share.
Hopefully the gorgeous Autumn we’ve been having will continue on for many weeks, ensuring one last “Winter” share that includes bulk onions, plants in the brassica family, potatoes, leeks and all the root veggies. Stay tuned…..
If you want more veggies in the next week, though, c’mon down to visit our LAST MARKET OF THE SEASON on Tuesday October 4th from 12-5 pm. We will have pies, pork, tea, soaps, golden beets, patti pan squash, broccoli, and a handful of other edibles that we grew in smaller numbers which didn’t make it into your share all the time. Also we will have FRESH EGGS for $5.00/dozen.
In your share today:
We are always appreciative of your support for the FortWhyte Farms youth program that connects young people with good food and good work.
Thanks for participating in The Goods!
~From your urban farmers at FortWhyte Alive
Happy Equinox! We wish you well this Autumn season!
We wanted to say thanks for giving us a break last week so that we could celebrate the harvest season and raise funds for our Youth Programs at FortWhyte Farms at the 3rd Annual Harvest Supper Fundraiser! To everyone who came, we are so thankful for your support and commitment to us. For those of you who couldn’t make it, check out our Harvest Supper recap.
This is the time of year that wildlife celebrate in the harvest, too Pest pressures from the migrating geese are more evident as they nibble garden greens and pull carrots from the ground. Beets are gnawed by voles, and deer come to snack on squash, cucumber and zucchini. And the tomatoes were hit by late blight a few weeks back. But despite all of that, there is still a lot comin’ outta the garden for your shares, including:
There are lots of ways to enjoy the bounty this week, here’s a few ideas: fermented kimchi, potato leek soup (although the purple potatoes, when cooked, go grey), green tomato salsa, borscht, zucchini chocolate cake, roasted root veggies with fresh herbs…. your creativity is the limit. Enjoy!
~From your farmers
A big FortWhyte Farms thank you from all of us to all of you who joined us for this years’ Harvest Supper! Our biggest feast at the farm yet, it’s safe to say tonight was a huge success.
Special thanks to our sponsors: Crampton’s Market, Dream Day Décor, MacDon, and Boreal Wildcraft for your generous contributions — and to everyone who donated local food items to that incredible raffle prize.
Big thanks to Diversity Foods at the Buffalo Stone Cafe for treating us to the meal of the year, to our wonderful emcee, CBC Manitoba’s Marjorie Dowhos, and to our mega-talented fiddler Murray Jowett.
Thank you to the FortWhyte Farms Junior Staff and volunteers whose hard work and dedication made the event possible. We have the best crew!
And, finally, cheers to YOU for your support of this event and of FortWhyte Farms year-round. All funds raised from the Harvest Supper support youth engaged in sustainable agriculture and employment training at FortWhyte Farms. We couldn’t do it without you.