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Garden program helps kids discover their green thumb

Agriculture for Life has partnered with the Calgary Horticultural Society to offer the Juniors Garden Club. The initiative aims to encourage kids to explore, learn new skills and build confidence by growing their own food. The program, which began May 27 and runs for 14 weeks, has weekly emails with instructions on how to plant, […] Read more

Spring brings special joy

Ag for Life is running its Farm Babies photo contest earlier this year and “hoping to bring some of this joy into people’s lives during these difficult and unprecedented times.” The contest celebrates the arrival of spring and shines a spotlight on the efforts of farmers and their families in caring for their new arrivals. […] Read more


Want the Rural Safety Unit to visit your community?

Agriculture for Life has launched an all-new Rural Safety Unit, which will travel to schools, communities, fairs, festivals and other events to educate, encourage, and promote rural and farm safety. The unit has seven interactive stations dealing with hazard identification, large animals, large equipment, utilities, risk assessment, chemicals, and protective equipment. It will operate from […] Read more

Got some new cuties on your farm?

Agriculture for Life is running a #FarmBabies18 photo contest as a “fun way to welcome spring on the farm and celebrate the countless hours of work that farmers and farm families spend caring for their new arrivals.” “Many people don’t understand the dedication and care that goes into raising livestock, so by sharing these photos and […] Read more


The www.whatsinthefield.com website offers people more information on crops and livestock they see in Alberta farm country.

‘What’s in the field?’ program adds new component

Agriculture for Life is enhancing its ‘What’s in the field?’ program to give consumers more information on what they see when driving by fields and pastures. The program, which is entering its third year, provides signs (at no cost to producers) that identify the crop being grown in a field or the breed of livestock […] Read more

Symposium aims to educate educators about ag

Event scheduled for Nov. 24 aims to be annual affair

Ag for Life is hosting a teachers’ symposium in a bid to bridge “the gap between the agriculture sector and classroom curriculum.” “Most families are three to five generations removed from the farm today and that disconnect leads to a misunderstanding about how food is raised,” said Luree Williamson, CEO of the Alberta non-profit, which […] Read more


McCain grant supports ag education program

The McCain Foundation has donated $10,000 to support an agriculture education tool kit developed by Ag for Life. The tool kit was created for use in schools, and includes information such as provincial statistics, facts and F&Qs, agricultural terminology, learning activities, and key contacts (such as producer groups and agriculture educational programs) that are available […] Read more

New First Aid and Safety on the Farm program launched

St. John Ambulance and Ag for Life have launched a joint training initiative to help families who live and work on farms prepare and respond to emergencies. Each year in Alberta, there are over 18 agricultural-related deaths and hundreds of injuries. Machinery, rollovers, and animal-related events are the predominant causes. Quick use of first aid […] Read more


Tell your story by sharing pictures from your farm

Canada’s Agriculture Day takes place on Feb. 16

Alberta producers are being invited to share photos to celebrate Canada’s Agriculture Day, which takes place on Feb. 16. Ag for Life is creating an online photo book called #WeAreAbAg. The aim is to highlight the work and lives of more than 89,000 people employed by the agri-food industry in the province, said Luree Williamson, […] Read more

Rural Alberta students promote ag in Calgary

Acme high school students became teachers for a day

Two high school students from Acme — Monique Uittenbogerd and Maria Penner — recently became teachers for the day, educating over 100 Little Green Thumbs elementary students in Calgary about life on the farm. The Little Green Thumbs program is part of Ag for Life’s educational outreach efforts and informs 5,000 students across Alberta about […] Read more