Farming & Local Food Production

Saskatchewan Network for Alternatives to Pesticides

Contact person (The person making this entry has the ability to edit this entry in the future. See above for details as to how): 
Paule Hjertaas
Email address of primary contact person: 
snapinfo@sasktel.net
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The Mission of the Saskatchewan network for alternatives to pesticides incorporated (SNAP) is to work towards sustainability in the fields of pest and weed control and other current uses of pesticides. SNAP strives to reduce the use of pesticides in Saskatchewan, to increase the availability of alternative pest control products and methods in Saskatchewan, and to connect and support those interested in alternatives to pesticides.

Describe the timing of your project (Please describe the date and length of time the project runs): 

Ongoing.

Keywords (Please list keywords, separated by commas, that relate to the project): 
Pesticides, weed control, pesticide alternatives, agriculture
Describe the educational component of the project (e.g. formal education, training, or public awareness advanced by the project): 

Pursue their goals by raising province-wide awareness of the issue of pesticides through education and outreach by joining together interested groups and individuals in Saskatchewan, creating ties with similar organizations throughout North America and abroad, and disseminating relevant information about pesticides, their impact on health and the environment, and their alternatives. SNAP strives to: build awareness among the general population of health and environmental impacts of pesticide use; encourage and foster local discussion about pesticide use and alternatives; select, develop or adapt and deliver informational and educational programs about alternatives to pesticides; provide practical demonstration projects.

What level of education does this project address?: 
Public awareness, for example, through the media (informal education)

SIAST Green Group Initiative

Contact person (The person making this entry has the ability to edit this entry in the future. See above for details as to how): 
Curt Schroeder
Email address of primary contact person: 
schroederc@siast.sk.ca
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The SIAST Green Group Initiative started with a small group of dedicated individuals at the SIAST Wascana campus in Regina, who, in the 2005-06 academic year, called a meeting of interested people on campus to form a green group. The purpose of this group was to green the workplace or learning space, depending on whether you were an employee or a student. At about the same time SIAST started offering a new internal funding program environment that “encourages people [at SIAST] to share and learn, gives everyone a voice, looks at ways to do things better and continues to grow and change”. Building on prior successes, each campus, with their own unique collection of academic programs, will engage students, staff and faculty in advancing their understanding of the principles of sustainability.

Describe the timing of your project (Please describe the date and length of time the project runs): 

Year-round

Keywords (Please list keywords, separated by commas, that relate to the project): 
Post-secondary education; green group; campus sustainability
Describe the educational component of the project (e.g. formal education, training, or public awareness advanced by the project): 

Formal; informal; awareness; adult education

What level of education does this project address?: 
Post-secondary institution
Public awareness, for example, through the media (informal education)
Project sponsors/funders: 

SIAST

How did you find out about this survey?: 

Recognition Program

Seager Wheeler Farm

Contact person (The person making this entry has the ability to edit this entry in the future. See above for details as to how): 
Seager Wheeler Farm
Email address of primary contact person: 
seagerwheeler@sasktel.net
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Seager Wheeler Maple Grove Farm has been designated by the Government of Canada as a place of national historic significance. Visitors learn about cropping innovation in modern agriculture, including direct seeding. As an AGRI Arm site, the Seager Wheeler Farm continues to be a part of agricultural research and demonstration.

Describe the timing of your project (Please describe the date and length of time the project runs): 

Ongoing.

Keywords (Please list keywords, separated by commas, that relate to the project): 
Farming, Agriculture, agricultural research, farm tour
Describe the educational component of the project (e.g. formal education, training, or public awareness advanced by the project): 

School Tours Offered by the Seager Wheeler National Historic Site Include: 

Food chains (The relationship between animals and their environment); Co-existence of agriculture (humans) and nature, including animals; Ecosystems (The relationship of plants, animals and soils); Soil and Plant Growth; Causes of erosion; How agriculture affects our everyday foods and its continued importance; Components of soil; How Seager Wheeler practiced soil conservation (shelterbelts, not burning stubble, tilling practices); Agriculture Past and Present (Agricultural practices both past and present, pros and cons); Improvements in agriculture (The quality and quantity of vegetation due to topsoil or lack of); Moisture management practices; Improving soil quality; Water cycle; Moisture Management practices.

What level of education does this project address?: 
Professional and other training outside the formal school/higher education system (non-formal education)
Project sponsors/funders: 

Ag Development Fund, Ducks Unlimited Canada, Monsanto Canada Inc., Saskatchewan Wheat Pool, Agri-Food Innovation Fund (AFIF), Elmer & Cathy Enns, Pioneer Grain, Spruce Grove Seeds, Larry & Doreen Janzen, Aventis CropScience, Ernie & Raymonde Luchsinger, Prairie Farm Rehabilitation Admin. (PFRA) Syngenta, Averon Enterprises, Canadian Seed Growers Association

Saskatchewan Conservation Learning Centre Inc.

Contact person (The person making this entry has the ability to edit this entry in the future. See above for details as to how): 
Saskatchewan Conservation Learning Centre Inc.
Email address of primary contact person: 
info@conservationlearningcentre.com
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The CLC is a research and demonstration farm located 18 km south of Prince Albert on Highway #2. The agricultural practices at the CLC focus on conservation of soil, water and wildlife habitat.  The CLC demonstrates, on a farm-scale, soil and water conservation technology. It also serves as a field laboratory for evaluation and applicability of new research and technology. The CLC is unique as a research and demonstration facility in that it features rolling topography, wetlands and remnant native upland areas rather than the very uniform landscapes characteristic of most research facilities. Because of the variable topography and emphasis on field scale activities, many scientists from federal, provincial, university and private research institutions undertake work at the Centre. As well, the CLC has continued strong support from 25 to 30 agencies and corporations that participate in demonstration and research activities on the farm.

The CLC is located on 457 acres of land 18 km south of Prince Albert in the Parkland Region of Saskatchewan. In addition to 250 acres of cultivated, annually cropped land, the CLC has areas dedicated to forage production, dense nesting cover, shelterbelts, a shelterbelt garden, a woodlot, riparian areas, herbs and a nature trail. Each year, the CLC has an interesting mix of long and short-term projects that highlight soil and water conservation and showcase new agricultural technologies.

The CLC hosts annual tours for local, regional, provincial, national and international producers, researchers, industry representatives and extension personnel. An annual summary of projects is published, detailing the progress or results of projects.

The CLC offers a well-developed school program for students and provides quality-learning experiences through hands-on activities at the farm. The school program corresponds with the provincial science curricula and encompasses agricultural, environmental, conservation and wildlife topics. Since its inception in 1994, 17,440 youth have participated in the CLC's school program. 

Describe the timing of your project (Please describe the date and length of time the project runs): 

Ongoing.

Keywords (Please list keywords, separated by commas, that relate to the project): 
Agriculture, farming, agricultural conservation
Describe the educational component of the project (e.g. formal education, training, or public awareness advanced by the project): 

The Conservation Learning Centre's School Program offers students from grades 3 to 11 practical hands-on activities that reinforce the foundational and learning objectives set out in the Saskatchewan Education curriculum. We also have fun new curriculum from the Partners for the Saskatchewan River Basin that focuses on water quality, and the environment. This new curriculum is great for groups with mixed grades, science clubs, or groups that just want something a little different. We also have a new grade nine curriculum, called Risks and Limits, that focuses on critical thinking and decision making skills. 

To provide information to farmers, public school students, researchers, extension workers, and the urban public in the parkland area of Saskatchewan. The CLC will also facilitate interrelationships with all those interested in the objectives of the CLC including the agriculture and agroforestry industry, policy makers, and the media. Each year the CLC does research and experiments pertinent to producers. These projects are show-cased at field days throughout the summer.

What level of education does this project address?: 
Elementary school
Middle years school
High school
Professional and other training outside the formal school/higher education system (non-formal education)
Project sponsors/funders: 

Ducks Unlimited Canada, Saskatchewan Forest Centre, Saskatchewan Canola Development Commission, Saskatchewan Watershed Authority, Saskatchewan Agriculture and Food, Agriculture and Food Canada, SaskEnergy, Student Employment Experience, Syngenta, Bayer CropScience, Cameco, Canada Safeway Limited, Culligan Water Conditioning Company, DuPont, Ed & Loreen Beddome, Farm Pure Seeds, Garth & Judy Beddome, Northern Lights Casino, Monsanto/Dekalb Seeds, Prince Albert Catholic School Division, Prince Albert Co-operative Association, Power99fm, Saskatchewan Institute of Applied Science and Technology - Woodland Campus, Saskatchewan Rivers School Division, Sobeys, Wally & Karen Desowich

Saskatchewan Outdoor and Environmental Education Association

Contact person (The person making this entry has the ability to edit this entry in the future. See above for details as to how): 
Peta White
Email address of primary contact person: 
soeea.sk@gmail.com
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SOEEA’s mission reads: The purpose of the Saskatchewan Outdoor and Environmental Education Association is to foster the growth of outdoor recreation and environmental education by providing and facilitating learning opportunities involving the natural and built environments.
SOEEA’s goals are as follows: 1. To increase the profile of outdoor recreation and environmental education in Saskatchewan; 2. To develop and promote outdoor recreation and environmental education resources; 3. To provide personal and professional development in outdoor recreation and environmental education; 4. To play an active role in providing environmental education opportunities to the public; 5. To become active, informed and effective participants in environmental decision making; 6. To develop partnerships with others who have common interests in, and responsibilities for, managing natural resource use.; 7. To foster environmental stewardship in our communities, in our professions and with our partners; 8. To help individuals and families develop sustainable outdoor recreation skills that are ecologically responsible; 9. To enhance the professional knowledge and skills required to become active participants in change.

Describe the timing of your project (Please describe the date and length of time the project runs): 

Year-round

Keywords (Please list keywords, separated by commas, that relate to the project): 
Educators; formal education; information education; partnerships; ecotour
Describe the educational component of the project (e.g. formal education, training, or public awareness advanced by the project): 

Formal; informal - awareness

What level of education does this project address?: 
Public awareness, for example, through the media (informal education)
Professional and other training outside the formal school/higher education system (non-formal education)
How did you find out about this survey?: 

Recognition Program

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