Farmscape for June 2, 2016
The Manager of the University of Manitoba's Bruce D. Campbell Farm and Food Discovery Centre reports over 30 school groups have visited the facility since the beginning of this year.
The Bruce D. Campbell Farm and Food Discovery Centre, located that the University of Manitoba's Glenlea Research Station features a 10,000 square foot space in which families, school groups, farm groups and the public can come to learn more about where their food comes from.
Centre Manager Myrna Grahn notes the facility offers 10 different programs based on the school curriculum from grades 3 and 4 up to grades 10 and 11.
Clip-Myrna Grahn-University of Manitoba:
Since the beginning of 2016 we've had over 30 school groups come through and the groups can range from a classroom, maybe the size of 20 all the way up to a full grade from a school which could be up to 75 to 80.
Those numbers get very large but we try to accommodate with a myriad of activities that they do throughout the day.
Of course the students, when they come, love to see baby piglets being born and we advertise on our web site when those baby piglets will be born.
Then we've had some dairy calves as well so, when they tour, the babies at the dairy calf barn get a lot of attention and excitement.
We have has a number of businesses hold their meetings here and we also get some daycares coming out or some schools that have learning disabilities or different challenges have come out as well and, again, just pure excitement even getting on the tractor and wagon.
We give them a tour of the Glenlea Research Station as a live operating farm and it's always a success.
Grahn says in April and May the facility was fully booked for school tours and some had to be turned away because there simply weren't dates available.
For more on the Bruce D. Campbell Farm and Food Discovery Centre, including a list of summer activities, visit FFDC.Ca.
For Farmscape.Ca, I'm Bruce Cochrane.
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