Farming & Local Food Production

Youth Forum 2008

Contact person (The person making this entry has the ability to edit this entry in the future. See above for details as to how): 
Janet McVittie
Email address of primary contact person: 
janet.mcvittie@usask.ca
Describe the project (This description appears in your map point. Insert a photo if you choose by selecting the "tree" icon): 

Youth Forum 2008 was a three-parted forum where students from across the city and outside of Saskatoon had an opportunity to come together at the College of Education, University of
Saskatchewan. This particular youth forum came about as a result of observing students in Regina attending a youth forum the previous year and the hope that Saskatoon students could be offered the same opportunity. Youth Forum 2008 was a result of being able with funds granted from the Green Initiatives Fund with the Ministry of Environment to empower youth to make positive change in their communities. Youth had many opportunities to interact with students from other schools and develop partnerships with presenters from many governmental and non-governmental organizations on topics addressing pillars of sustainability. The conference culminated with the youth in attendance presenting their action projects for sustainable development in a way that enhanced their project and created comfort for the students engaged in the presentation. The students really enjoyed hearing about the triumphs and difficulties other students had with their projects and it was a great celebration of their hard work and effort.

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

February 8, 28 and May 14 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; community involvement

What level of education does this project address?: 
High school
Project sponsors/funders: 

Saskatchewan Ministry of Environment Green Initiatives Fund

How did you find out about this survey?: 

Recognition Program

Trickle Irrigation Workshop

Contact person (The person making this entry has the ability to edit this entry in the future. See above for details as to how): 
Lana Shaw, Provincial Irrigation Agrologist
Email address of primary contact person: 
lana.shaw@gov.sk.ca
Describe the project (This description appears in your map point. Insert a photo if you choose by selecting the "tree" icon): 

The Irrigation Development branch of the Saskatchewan government is sponsoring Ted Van der Gulik to lead a trickle workshop. Ted is one of the top experts in Canada in this field. This two day workshop will give producers and industry a chance to learn about low-energy, water-saving irrigation systems.

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

Two day workshop from June 26th to June 27th, 2008.

Keywords (Please list keywords, separated by commas, that relate to the project): 
Trickle irrigation, water conservation, farming, agriculture, food production, technology
Describe the educational component of the project (e.g. formal education, training, or public awareness advanced by the project): 

The workshop teaches producers how to install and use the trickle irrigation system (professional training).

What level of education does this project address?: 
Professional and other training outside the formal school/higher education system (non-formal education)
Describe any participation in your project from the grassroots community, youth, the poor/vulnerable, minority groups: 

 

Project sponsors/funders: 

Saskatchewan Government Irrigation Development Branch

South East Research Farm 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): 
Garth Johnston, Farm Manager
Email address of primary contact person: 
serf@sasktel.net
Describe the project (This description appears in your map point. Insert a photo if you choose by selecting the "tree" icon): 

SERF is a contract funded, non profit research institute dedicated to providing important and quality applied research to improve working conditions, yield size and quality to regional farmers.  SERF is part of a research farm management network called AgriARM.

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

Established in 2003. Ongoing.

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

Provide quality applied research and demonstrations that are producer driven with results extending to and beyond the farm gate to improve agricultural sustainability and encourage environmental stewardship.

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

Saskatchewan Organic Directorate

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 Organic Directorate
Email address of primary contact person: 
admin@saskorganic.com
Describe the project (This description appears in your map point. Insert a photo if you choose by selecting the "tree" icon): 

 

Provide a source for organic production, research information and public education. A forum that brings together producers and other players in the organic food system, including governments and government agencies. Research into, and development of, sustainable practices for organic agriculture. Planning and presentation of extension education. Representation of the industry on important policy issues. Public information and education.

 

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): 
Local farming, local food production, organic, directory, food miles, organic agriculture protection fund
Describe the educational component of the project (e.g. formal education, training, or public awareness advanced by the project): 

 

SOD newletter and website spread research information and inform the public as well as research into, and development of, sustainable practices for organic agriculture.

 

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

Local Food Production and Consumption - Craik Sustainable Living Project (CSLP)

Contact person (The person making this entry has the ability to edit this entry in the future. See above for details as to how): 
Crystal Stinson
Email address of primary contact person: 
delzen_1@yahoo.com
Describe the project (This description appears in your map point. Insert a photo if you choose by selecting the "tree" icon): 

The objective of this initiative is to increase opportunities to learn about and enjoy accessible, nutritious and safe food produced locally and available to consumers within the community. The Craik Sustainable Living Project (CSLP) Health Committee has taken the lead on developing several act geared to this objective and are in various stages of implementation. These acts include establishment of a resource collection in the local branch of the Palliser Regional Library featuring health-related titles, an 'Eat Local Challenge', a series of workshops on small-scale greenhouse construction, a 2008 Earth Day Film Festival and development of partnerships with Moose Jaw's South Central Food Network and the Saskatchewan Organic Directorate (SOD) Food Miles Campaign.

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): 
Health, healthy lifestyles, local food production, greenhouses, food miles, organic, food charter
Describe the educational component of the project (e.g. formal education, training, or public awareness advanced by the project): 

The educational component of the Local Food Production and Consumption initiative rests in the informal sphere specifically at the awareness level. The activities are all intended to provide a level of education that would presumably motivate individuals to make more informed choices about the production and consumption of food in the context of personal health and the local economy.

What level of education does this project address?: 
Public awareness, for example, through the media (informal education)
Are there any research questions and opportunities that have or could be examined with this project?: 

Through a developing partnership with the Saskatchewan Organic Directorate Food Miles Campaign, a contracted researcher will engage in basic community level research with a view to gathering information about citizen and institutional attitudes to organic production and consumption in the Craik/Davidson region.

Project sponsors/funders: 

Craik Sustainable Living Project (CSLP), Town of Craik, Saskatchewan Organic Directorate Food Miles Campaign, Craik Branch Palliser Regional Library, Carlton Trail Regional College

 

 

How did you find out about this survey?: 

Ann-Marie Urban

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