People of multiple ages gathered at the Kindersley and District Plains Museum on Friday afternoon to witness a flash from the past. The Seeding and Tilling Demonstration was a huge hit among spectators who witnessed an event never before seen by the majority of the crowd in attendance. Volunteers and local farmers seeded and tilled a piece of land in between the museum and Wal-Mart the old fashioned way - with manual equipment pulled by horses.
As the demonstration got started, children enjoyed horse-drawn carriage rides around a small track beside the seeding and tilling site. Pony-drawn carriage rides were available as well for younger children.
The demonstration was not the only event planned for the day. Grade 3 and 4 students from Westberry Elementary School participated in an activity circuit named the Food Farm Program hosted by Agriculture in the Classroom - a charity program based in Saskatoon with the aim to connect children with agriculture education and awareness. Program manager for Agriculture in the Classroom Susan Jorgensen discussed how the students benifit from the Food Farm Program.
"Classrooms come out to a field site, and they plant the ingredients from a favourite food item. Then the students will come back in the fall to harvest, and have a lunch that involves that item," said Jorgensen. "So they get to see in a very hands-on way where their food is coming from." Students learned about the agricultural side of things for ingredients which make up a hamburger and french fries. The categories included wheat (bun), oil seeds (canola oil), potatoes (fries), livestock (beef and pork), farm safety from UFA, and seed survivor. "By getting the kids to actually do it rather than just telling them about it, they can really make a personal connection," explained Jorgensen. "They can understand their lives do involve agriculture because they eat, and how important it is in Saskatchewan economically and socially."
In the end, the afternoon proved to be a huge success with everyone learning something new, and taking part in an experience which will not be soon forgotten.