Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada

Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada

March 18, 2009 14:04 ET

See, Touch and Taste Agriculture at the Forks

WINNIPEG, MANITOBA--(Marketwire - March 18, 2009) - Winnipeg's historic Forks Market will host Discover Agriculture in the City, a free celebration that opens the world of agriculture to everyone. From March 20 to 22nd, visitors can learn about where their food comes from, how certain local crops can affect their health and much more.

At Discover Agriculture in the City, gardeners can gain tips on composting. Curious commuters can see how biofuel is made; and earth-friendly consumers can find out about new plastic products made from potato starch.

A 26-tonne Case IH tractor will display the power and sophistication of modern farm equipment, and a glass-enclosed bee hive will expose the secret life of bees.

In addition to many interactive displays, Discover Agriculture in the City invites visitors to enjoy the daily presentations on the main stage.

The Great Manitoba Food Fight (Friday, 1 p.m.) will feature new food products being pitched to a panel of judges. Cooking demonstrations from Winnipeg chefs Saturday and Sunday, ongoing from noon to 4 pm, will offer visitors a taste of Manitoba.

Food samples, contests, activities and prizes will help make this an ideal weekend adventure for visitors of all ages.

Learn how farmers are working to protect the environment and see what is being done to ensure that Canadian food is among the safest in the world.

Discover Agriculture in the City and taste, touch and see what is happening in agriculture!

Discover Agriculture in the City is organized by Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada with Manitoba Agriculture Food and Rural Initiatives, Agriculture in the Classroom, Keystone Agricultural Producers, Manitoba Canola Growers Association and Manitoba Egg Producers.

For a full list of participating organizations, please visit:

Did you know?

- Linoleum is made from flax.

- In 2005, the agriculture and agri-food system contributed over $85 billion to Canada's economy. This represents about eight per cent of Canada's gross domestic product.

- One in eight jobs in Canada depends on the agriculture and agri-food industry.

- The strawberry capital of Canada is Portage la Prairie, Manitoba.

- The first variety of canola was developed in Manitoba by Dr. Baldur Stefansson who worked with Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada.

- Each year, 6.8 billion eggs are produced in Canada by more than 25 million laying hens.

- An average dairy cow produces about 100 glasses of milk every day.

- In 2001, 23 per cent of Manitoba's farm operators were female.

- The average modern-day farm tractor can plant enough wheat in one minute to make over 1,400 loaves of bread.

Contact Information

  • Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada
    Ottawa, Ontario
    Media Relations
    Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada
    Richard Lavergne
    Senior Communications Advisor
    Office: 204-983-4456
    Cell: 204-792-2640