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Get in the Ag Spirit!

It may not be farming season just yet for the majority of Manitoba producers, but that doesn’t mean they aren’t already hard at work! For those of us who live and work in a city, it can be easy to forget just how big a role agriculture plays in our province.

We are fortunate to live in an area where growing, raising, and producing a wide range of foods is not only possible, but a (delicious) reality. But how much do you know about what’s available in Manitoba, and how it’s made? Whether you’re looking for grains, produce, dairy, meat, or pickled delights, the Manitoba agri-food industry has plenty to offer.

While many locals take advantage of farmers’ markets as an opportunity to connect with producers to learn about their food, most are unfortunately not available year-round. Though many markets won’t be up and running again for another few months, there are other great ways to learn more about agriculture and food in Manitoba. Check out some of these upcoming events, and year-round education facilities and programs to learn more!

Discover Agriculture in the City
Mar. 13-15
“Ag in the City” will return for its 10th year at the historic Forks Market. This free, three-day event offers visitors the chance to learn about modern agriculture and its impact on our daily lives through interactive exhibits, presentations, activities and cooking demonstrations.

For more information, visit aginthecity.ca.

Agriculture in the Classroom
Year-round
This education program aims to promote awareness and understanding of agriculture in Manitoba schools through a series of programs and events. If you’re a teacher or know one, this is a great and interactive way for them to incorporate agriculture into their curriculum.

For more information, visit aitc.mb.ca.

Bruce D. Campbell Farm and Food Discovery Centre
Year-round
The centre is a hands-on facility that explores the ways in which food is made in Canada. Visitors learn about every aspect of food production from farming practices to retail sales. The centre is located about 10 minutes south of the city, and is open to individuals, groups, and school visits.

For more information, visit umanitoba.ca/faculties/afs/discovery_centre/.

Food Matters Manitoba
Year-round
This registered charity engages Manitobans towards healthy, sustainable, and fair food for all. It hosts events such as the Growing Local Conference and Localvore Iron Chef Cook-Off, and has programs ranging from youth outreach to sustainable food procurement.

For more information, visit foodmattersmanitoba.ca.

Slow Food Winnipeg
Year-round
The Winnipeg chapter of the international non-profit organization was recently resurrected by restaurant owner/chef Cam Tran and food author Anna Coleshaw-Echols. While membership-based, it hosts weekly events open to the public on a range of food topics. Recent events taught attendees how to make cheese, preserve and pickle, and make pasta!

For more information, visit slowfoodwinnipeg.org.It may not be farming season just yet for the majority of Manitoba producers, but that doesn’t mean they aren’t already hard at work! For those of us who live and work in a city, it can be easy to forget just how big a role agriculture plays in our province.

We are fortunate to live in an area where growing, raising, and producing a wide range of foods is not only possible, but a (delicious) reality. But how much do you know about what’s available in Manitoba, and how it’s made? Whether you’re looking for grains, produce, dairy, meat, or pickled delights, the Manitoba agri-food industry has plenty to offer.

While many locals take advantage of farmers’ markets as an opportunity to connect with producers to learn about their food, most are unfortunately not available year-round. Though many markets won’t be up and running again for another few months, there are other great ways to learn more about agriculture and food in Manitoba. Check out some of these upcoming events, and year-round education facilities and programs to learn more!

Discover Agriculture in the City
Mar. 13-15
“Ag in the City” will return for its 10th year at the historic Forks Market. This free, three-day event offers visitors the chance to learn about modern agriculture and its impact on our daily lives through interactive exhibits, presentations, activities and cooking demonstrations.

For more information, visit aginthecity.ca.

Agriculture in the Classroom
Year-round
This education program aims to promote awareness and understanding of agriculture in Manitoba schools through a series of programs and events. If you’re a teacher or know one, this is a great and interactive way for them to incorporate agriculture into their curriculum.

For more information, visit aitc.mb.ca.

Bruce D. Campbell Farm and Food Discovery Centre
Year-round
The centre is a hands-on facility that explores the ways in which food is made in Canada. Visitors learn about every aspect of food production from farming practices to retail sales. The centre is located about 10 minutes south of the city, and is open to individuals, groups, and school visits.

For more information, visit umanitoba.ca/faculties/afs/discovery_centre/.

Food Matters Manitoba
Year-round
This registered charity engages Manitobans towards healthy, sustainable, and fair food for all. It hosts events such as the Growing Local Conference and Localvore Iron Chef Cook-Off, and has programs ranging from youth outreach to sustainable food procurement.

For more information, visit foodmattersmanitoba.ca.

Slow Food Winnipeg
Year-round
The Winnipeg chapter of the international non-profit organization was recently resurrected by restaurant owner/chef Cam Tran and food author Anna Coleshaw-Echols. While membership-based, it hosts weekly events open to the public on a range of food topics. Recent events taught attendees how to make cheese, preserve and pickle, and make pasta!