Farming & Local Food Production

Indian Head Agriculture Research Foundation

Contact person (The person making this entry has the ability to edit this entry in the future. See above for details as to how): 
Chris Holzapfel, Research Associate
Email address of primary contact person: 
holzapfelcb@agr.gc.ca
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In 1990, a group of Indian Head area farmers along with researchers from the Indian Head Research Farm gathered together to discuss areas of cooperation in the agricultural research field.  The farmers recognized the great opportunities offered by the close proximity of the Farm and felt it was critical that research stay focused on the practical relevance of new technologies.  In order to strengthen this alliance, the farmers formed a group to become known as the Indian Head Agricultural Research Foundation or IHARF.   

 

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

 

Incorporated in July of 1993. Ongoing.

 

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

 

The mission of the Indian Head Agricultural Research Foundation is to promote profitable and sustainable agriculture by facilitating research and technology transfer activities for the benefit of its members and the agricultural community at large.

 

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

 

Agriculture & Agri-Food Canada, Agriculture & Agri-Food Canada, Agriculture & Agri-Food Canada, Bayer CropScience, Markusson New Holland, New Holland North America, Saskatchewan Agriculture & Food, Saskatchewan Pulse Growers, Agri-Food Innovation Fund, Agrium, BASF, Dow AgroSciences, Fluid Fertilizer Foundation, International Plant Nutrition Institute, Midwest Technologies, Oklahoma State University, Saskatchewan Wheat Pool, SeCan, Vale Farms, Westeel, Advancing Canadian Agriculture & Agri-Food Saskatchewan, Accutrak Systems Ltd., Canaryseed Development Commission of Saskatchewan, Koch Fertilizer Canada Ltd., Pattison Liquid Systems, Saskatchewan Canola Development Commission, Agricore United, Becker Underwood, Conserva Pak Seeding Systems, FarmPure Seeds, Nite Hawk Trucking, OmniSTAR Inc, Paterson Grain, Pedde Farms, Pioneer Grain, Pioneer Hi-Bred Ltd., Plainsview Credit Union, Town of Indian Head, Syngenta, Weyburn Inland Terminal 

 

Sustainability Conference

Contact person (The person making this entry has the ability to edit this entry in the future. See above for details as to how): 
Tracy Laverty
Email address of primary contact person: 
lavertyt@spsd.sk.ca
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The project is targeted at high school students from Saskatoon Public and Saskatoon Catholic schools systems. It came about as a result of the youth forum held last year at the College where both teachers, Ms. Tracy Laverty and Ms. Sheelah McLean attended with their previous classes. This year, Bedford Road Collegiate has a new integrated program where Sheelah and Tracy team teach ELA30, History 30 and Global Citizenship 30. The Citizens Inspiring Change students were inspired by last year’s class at Bedford and now they want to adopt a social action project that will involve themselves every step of the way in organizing and executing a sustainability conference. The purpose of this project is to educate Saskatoon high school students by raising awareness in three areas: social, environmental and economic sustainability, by  promoting action within schools and allowing students to gain a new perspective on some of these issues. The first day will consist of educational trade show and meet and greet, where students will interact with guest speakers and liaisons from various humanitarian organizations in an informal setting that afternoon. Day two will be a full day event where students will have the opportunity to interact with each other, and attend a variety of sessions hearing from many accomplished speakers from Saskatoon and area. This project is important because as active citizens, Citizens Inspiring Change believe that they have the responsibility to lead change, inspire passion and reach out to create awareness within themselves and their communities. This project definitely addresses awareness and targets the issue of supporting and bridging cultures for sustainable living and community building.

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November 20-21 2008

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

Formal

What level of education does this project address?: 
High school
How did you find out about this survey?: 

Recognition Program

Spirit Creek Watershed Monitoring Commitee

Contact person (The person making this entry has the ability to edit this entry in the future. See above for details as to how): 
Spirit Creek Watershed Monitoring Commitee
Email address of primary contact person: 
info@spiritcreek.ca
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The Spirit Creek Watershed Monitoring Committee is the first of its kind established in Canada to monitor intensive livestock operations. Its members are local residents representing municipal and community groups, rural residents, cottage owners and farmers in the Good Spirit Lake area of east-central Saskatchewan.

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, livestock
Describe the educational component of the project (e.g. formal education, training, or public awareness advanced by the project): 

To investigate and report the environmental impact on the water, soil and air resulting from intensive hog operations in the Spirit Creek watershed.

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

Ministry of Agriculture

Faculty of Education (U of R): Moving from Awareness to Action

Contact person (The person making this entry has the ability to edit this entry in the future. See above for details as to how): 
Dr. James McNinch
Email address of primary contact person: 
james.mcninch@uregina.ca
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Specifically the two projects of “Moving from Awareness to Action” focus on: a) Helping and supporting the Faculty of Education in becoming aware of their role with ESD and teacher education in all of the undergraduate courses. b) Building capacity through the several hundred pre-service teachers that are now in the field as professional teachers incorporating the skills and resources learned through the Train the Trainer workshops. Recently a presentation was delivered to all EPS 100 pre-service teachers specifically on their personal and professional role with sustainability and education. c) Specific results on the “Train the Trainer Model” of workshops and research can be viewed by visiting the Environment Canada website and viewing: “Review of the Effectiveness of Workshops for Educators on Climate Change: Final Report” (September 2007) (POR Number 045-07) by Lyle A. Benko. Also the research and further focus on ESD was published in a chapter titled: Education for Sustainable Development: Chapter 7 published by Municipal World (2008) in their book: “Stepping up to the Climate Change Challenge”. A proposal has been accepted and a presentation is being planned on behalf of the U.N. University at the World Environment Education Conference in Montreal (May 2009) by Lyle Benko based on this work and research supported by the Faculty of Education. d) The results of the support by the Faculty of Education for the International Conference can be viewed at the RCE Saskatchewan website www.zebra.anatexis.net under the heading Conference Evaluations.

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): 
Formal education; awareness; Train the Trainer
Describe the educational component of the project (e.g. formal education, training, or public awareness advanced by the project): 

Formal

What level of education does this project address?: 
Post-secondary institution
Project sponsors/funders: 

University of Regina, Faculty of Education

How did you find out about this survey?: 

Recognition Program

Canada-Saskatchewan Farm Stewardship Program

Contact person (The person making this entry has the ability to edit this entry in the future. See above for details as to how): 
National Farm Stewardship Program
Email address of primary contact person: 
info@agr.gc.ca
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The Canada-Saskatchewan Farm Stewardship Program (CSFSP) provides eligible producers in Saskatchewan with financial and technical assistance to develop and implement viable and environmentally sustainable practices.

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, local food, farm stewardship, Environmental Farm Plan
Describe the educational component of the project (e.g. formal education, training, or public awareness advanced by the project): 

The program teaches beneficial management practices to farmers in order to: help agricultural producers, individually and collectively, take action to reduce identified environmental risk; and to improve management of Canada's agricultural land to reduce risk to water and air quality, improve soil productivity and enhance wildlife habitat.

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: 

Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada

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