Show and sale focuses on sustainability

  • May. 15, 2013 7:45 p.m.

Learning how to live sustainably is the theme of the upcoming sale hosted by the Canadian Heritage Breeds.

“There are people who live in urban areas who want to know where their food is coming from and they want the most nutritionally dense food available,” said Liz Munro, organizer of the sale and director for CHB, adding there will be more than 600 birds at the sale. “It’s exciting for us to provide a healthy lifestyle option.”

The Peavey Mart Urban Farm Sale will take place May 25th between 11 a.m. and 3 p.m. at Westerner Park in the UFA Ag Centre on the west side. Admission to the sale is free, however parking rates will be in effect at the Westerner.

There will be a large variety of breeds at the sale including waterfowl, geese, ducks, turkeys and chickens on display and for sale. There will also be rabbits and sheep as well as art and crafts, bedding plants and more.

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.”

CLUCK will also be on hand at the sale to show those interested in learning how to set up their backyard for urban hens. There will be urban coups for sale as well.

“The urban part of it is getting to be par with the agricultural side of it,” said Munro, who said she has noticed people taking more of an interest in urban chickens over the last couple of years.

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.

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

efawcett@reddeerexpress.com

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