FARM FRIENDS - Liz Munro holds Casanova while feeding Daisy at Sunnybrook Farms. Munro

Urban Farm Sale teaches sustainability

Learning how to live sustainably is the theme of the upcoming show and sale hosted by the Canadian Heritage Breeds. The Urban Farm Sale will run on June 16th from 11 – 3 p.m. at the Wetaskiwin Drill Hall.

There will be a large variety of breeds at the show including waterfowl, geese, ducks, turkeys and chickens on display and for sale, with a number of them being on Rare Breed Canada’s critical list. There will also be rabbits and pigeons as well as art and crafts, bedding plants and more.

“The show has definitely expanded. We find with the heritage breeds it expands into sustainable living,” said Liz Munro, organizer of the show and director for CHB, adding there will be between 1,500 and 1,700 animals at the event. “There are more people interested in sustainable living because of the issue of urban chickens.”

Those attending the show and sale will be able to learn about sustainable living and purchase items to set up for that type of lifestyle.

“It’s important to know what you’re putting in your mouth and the quality of food you’re eating. Living sustainably also gives you the satisfaction of raising your own animals. And with the eggs you know what you’re feeding your hens and you know you’re getting a healthy egg.”

She added attendants to the show and sale will learn a lot about purchasing, raising and caring for animals the proper way.

“They can expect us to talk to them about buying healthy birds and healthy chicks. There is going to be a large emphasis on picking healthy animals to take home,” said Munro.

She added when the Canadian Heritage Breeds first started their show and sale in Red Deer, some of the people who attended the original event are now returning as breeders. A number of companies and organizations are also throwing their support behind the event. “Peavey Mart has partnered with us acknowledging how heritage breeds offer genetic diversity,” said Munro.

For more information about the show check out www.canadianheritagebreeds.com or call Liz Munro at 403-347-9106.

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