Children from southwest Sask. love farm experience

Kindergarten to Grade 2 students from Hodgeville School approach Lanni Harrison with careful curiosity to look at the hedgehog in his hands. Lanni was helping his grandmother Glenda Allan (standing in the background) of Gramma Zoo Exotics at her live animal display.

The Swift Current Agricultural and Exhibition Association hosted the “Discover the Farm: A Farm Facts Experience’ on April 25-26, at the Stockade Building, Kinetic Park, Swift Current. 

The two-day interactive program, now in its eighth year, is offered to school age children from Kindergarten to Grade 6. 23 teachers and over 300 students took in the event, learning about agriculture and safety through hands-on demonstrations provided with time to interact with the exotic and farm animals, poultry and birds. 

The participating schools included Success, Herbert, Shaunavon, Fairview, Cabri, Hodgeville, Eastend, and All Saints School.  

A variety of topics included: Cattle Country, Pasture to Plate, Ag In the Classroom – The magic of a seed, Mosaik Potash, Sask Power, Fire Safety & Extinguishers, Exotic animals Cream to Butter SGI- Safety Squad, Grain to Bread, Tick Awareness-Lyme Disease, Speedy Creek Model Railway Club. 

Thank you to the Presenters, Sherri Grant, Carol Masecar, Jorja Simpson, Glen & Jocelyn Dyck, Nadine Thierman, Dana Wiebe, Jamie Cobler, Glenda Allan, Speedy Creek Model Railway Club, Haden Harrison, Jenny Klassen, Jeremy Lavalley, Country Lane Kitchens, Darnelle Johnson.  

Thank-you to the following SPONSORS:   Living Sky Community Fund, Macmor Industries, Whitecap Resources, Steve & Lynn Anderson, Ag in the Classroom, City of Swift Current, Cantuar Busy Bee Club, Dr. Rhonda Corrigan, Community Initiatives Fund, Farm Credit Canada, Gramma Zoo Exotics, Mercator Financial,  Pioneer Coop, R.M. of Swift Current, Sask Lotteries, SAASE, Joanne Robertson, Shand Greenhouse,  Viterra, Progressive Ag Safety & Corteva Agriscience   Thank-you to the volunteers – particularly the 4H Wymark Club.

The Poultry and Exotic Animal Sale attracted over 1,700 visitors on Saturday as various Southern Saskatchewan and Alberta producers brought in exotic birds and animals, plus crafters offered their products as part of the trade show. 

This is a one of a kind event that takes place in Swift Current, and producers as well as consumers were highly pleased with the results. All acknowledged that this is a successful, worthy project. 

Thank-you to the producers for the Poultry and Exotic Animal sale on last Saturday.  

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