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What is FortWhyte Farms’ Youth Internship Program?
Each summer, our social enterprise program provides full-time paid internships to 12 youth (aged 15-21) that experience multiple barriers to employment and education. This unique training and employment program goes beyond just caring for livestock and tending to vegetable gardens – interns get their hands dirty diving into personal and professional development, as well as community service projects.
Why is this internship important to Winnipeg's youth?
This program provides full-time employment and income to those who might not otherwise have the opportunity to work. It introduces youth to the practice of sustainable urban agriculture, provides access to high quality nutritious food, and teaches food preparation and cooking skills. Interns cultivate self-confidence, personal growth and leadership skills. For most graduates, their experience at FortWhyte Farms is a stepping stone in finding continued meaningful employment, and for some, in pursuing post-secondary education.
How can you help?
We were disappointed to learn that this year’s funding was approved for only four of our twelve interns, leaving us with a $25,000 shortfall and eight unfunded positions for deserving youth. We are now reaching out to the community to support this vital program. Together, we can secure the opportunity for these eight youth to work and grow on our farm this summer — but there are only two weeks to go before the interns are set to start.
By Phone: Call Richard Bolton at (204) 989-8355 ext. 212.
Online: Donate now by using our secure online form.
1961 McCreary Road
Winnipeg MB R3P 2K9
(204) 989-8355 ext. 212
Can't bear the thought of gifting Dad another tie this Father's Day? Don't worry, we've got you covered. Read on for a full offering of sustainable and experiential gifts to kick your offspring-ly duty up a notch.
Treat Dad to family time outdoors! Book your Father’s Day picnic lunch from the Buffalo Stone Café. Bring your own blanket and find a spot along the trail to enjoy. Lunch will feature traditional picnic style foods.
Sunday, June 21. Reserve by calling the café at (204) 989-8355 ext 215.
Tours operating Saturday and Sunday, June 20 and 21, and all summer long. Click here for more information and to register.
This meadow loves to feel the burn!
Since the last Ice Age, the grasses and wildflowers of the tall-grass prairie depended on grazing bison to move their seeds around. They also need fires to burn away the layer of dead grasses called "thatch".
Today, less than 1% of native tall grass prairie remains. Most of this land has been converted to cropland. Without fire, other land has been invaded by aspen trees.
Without fire or bison, aspen trees would eventually fill in this sunny meadow, and non-native grasses such as Kentucky bluegrass and smooth brome would dominate.
FortWhyte Alive is managing this ecosystem through managed burns, scheduled to target non-native grasses at the peak of their growth and eliminate the thatch layer, allowing the regrowth of many beneficial native grasses and wildflowers.
Manitoba Music and FortWhyte Alive teamed up this month to present the first-ever Manitoba Music Winter Songwriter Retreat at FortWhyte Alive. The co-writing retreat brought together nine emerging songwriters to strengthen their songwriting chops through collaboration at FWA's secluded lakeside field station and architecturally unique cabins. One week later, all nine artists shared their collaborations live on stage in a special Manitoba Music Songwriter Concert at FortWhyte Alive.
Check out this video recap of the retreat to meet the artists and learn about their songwriting experience at FortWhyte Alive.
Not sure what to get mom this Mother's Day? Don't worry, we've got you covered. Read on for a full offering of sustainable and experiential gifts that you may end up wanting to gift yourself.