Agriculture Month kick-off Barbecue
(SASKATOON, SK) October is Agriculture Month in Saskatchewan. It is a time to celebrate our food and the farmers, ranchers, processors, manufacturers, packagers, chefs and people who bring it to our tables. Farm & Food Care Saskatchewan (FFC SK) is holding a barbecue to launch this year's Ag Month from 11 am - 2 pm on September 29th at the Saskatoon Co-op's Attridge Food Store, 402 Ludlow Street, Saskatoon.
Shoppers will have the opportunity to meet local farmers and ranchers who will be flipping burgers for a great cause, as donations will go to the Saskatoon Food Bank & Learning Centre. There will be plenty of photo ops, balloons for the kids and recipes for cooking with Saskatchewan grown food.
"It is great to get out in the community and share the story of Saskatchewan agriculture and food production with people who've never experienced a farm or ranch," said Clinton Monchuk, Executive Director of Farm & Food Care Saskatchewan. "It's such a big part of our economy and we all enjoy food on a daily basis so Agriculture Month is a nice way to recognize the hard working men and women who are so committed to growing safe, healthy and affordable food for us."
Here are some other ways you can participate in Agriculture Month:
- Take part in our social media contest by posting a picture, video or story relating to food with #OurFoodHasAStory for a chance to win great weekly prizes. Whether it's your community fowl supper, pinching perogies with grandma, picking berries with your daughter or cleaning out the garden with the family, we all have fond food memories that make great stories! More details can be found at OurFoodHasAStory.ca.
- Pick up a copy of the Real Dirt on Farming when you visit the Western Development Museums or check it out online at RealDirtOnFarming.ca.
- Take a virtual farm tour from the comfort of your own home at FarmFood360.org and see how cheese is made, where milk comes from and explore a dozen other types of farming operations.
- Do alternative facts & fake news enrage you as much when the topic is ... food? Join us for a free screening of FOOD EVOLUTION, October 11, 2017 at 7:00 PM at the Broadway Theatre. This new documentary provides a provocative perspective on the critical issue of food, GMOs and science. Registration is free but tickets are required and can be found at BroadwayTheatre.ca/Events.
- Come down to the Meet a Farmer Barbecue on Saturday October 14, 2017 at the Sherwood Co-op Food Store, 2925 Quance Street, Regina. Meet local farmers and ranchers, enjoy a burger, celebrate Saskatchewan grown food and donate to a great cause. All proceeds will go to the Regina Food Bank.
The agri-food sector provides jobs to almost 40,000 men and women in our province and accounts for 40% of our exports and generates over $15 billion in annual total sales. Agriculture Month helps recognize the impact these dedicated men and women make on our lives and our food.
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Today, less than 3% of Canadians have a direct connection to the farm, which is one reason why so many have questions about how their food is produced. Farm & Food Care runs several programs to help address these consumer questions and inspire more confidence in our farmers and in Saskatchewan-grown foods. To learn more, follow us on Twitter @FarmFoodCareSK or join us at any of our events throughout October, more details at OurFoodHasAStory.ca. Or let us put you in touch with a farmer so you can ask them directly about the food on your table!