Ag society gears up for Art of the Harvest
The second-annual Art of the Harvest event, held at the Airdrie Agricultural Park on Sept. 28, will teach Rocky View residents about the ways harvesting practices have changed since earlier times.
“The harvest demonstrations are intended to help people understand our heritage and what our forefathers went through to put food on the table,” said Airdrie and District Ag Society (ADAS) President Brenda Moon.
The Ag Society planted three acres of oats in April, which volunteers with ADAS will harvest during the event from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. using old-time farm techniques such as draft horses and vintage farm equipment. Free beef on a bun will also be offered to the first 300 visitors.
Moon said this year’s theme is Harvest to End Hunger with the event supporting the Airdrie Food Bank.
“We’re really encouraging people who come out to make a donation – food or cash – to the Airdrie Food Bank. There’s always a lull in the summer, but this is a good way to get people involved,” she said, adding the Ranch Hands Competition and Fall Fair put on by ADAS earlier this summer also supported the Airdrie Food Bank.
“We’ve really seen amazing reception from the community,” she said about the 430 people who attended the event last year.
While Moon said this year’s crop of oats is “doing well,” last year’s crop endured a hail storm in August.
“This just reminds you that conditions can change so quickly and that really affected the farmers who used to harvest our food without the equipment we have today. Last year, we ended up having beautiful weather for the event, so we can only hope for the same this year.”
The free event, which is sponsored by the ADAS, takes place in conjunction with Airdrie’s ARTember festivities and Alberta Culture Days. It will be held at the Airdrie Ag Park, located about three kilometres west of Airdrie at the intersection of Highway 567, known as Bill Hill Springs Road, and Range Road 14.
For more information, visit www.airdrieagsociety.com