This summer we had two summer students working around the school and the farm. This was the first time the school has had animals over the summer. The students looked after laying chickens
The Turkeys arrived today thye are already 20 days old so we are off to a good start to have them ready for Christmas.
No Turkeys or Chickens at the school farm yet!
Due to the outbreak of bird flu this spring, the students and staff of the SLF made the decision not to get any birds at the beginning of school in September. We hope to be able to get them after Christmas and have turkeys ready in time for Easter dinner and chickens for sale at the end of the school year.
The decision was also made not to continue with the quail for the 22-23 year. Everyone enjoyed them, they are so cute. After a year it was decided that there wasn't a large call for the sale of the eggs. It was a great lesson learned by the students.
Turkey production manager Chicken production manager
Turkey production manager - Raine Ference (gr. 11) Chicken production manager - Kalyn Galloway (gr. 10)
Mark Mazur (gr. 7) Coden Kosolofski (gr. 10)
We started the 20/21 school year with a new chicken coop over 20 laying chickens. Once again the turkey barn is full and the students are taking great care of them to make sure they are ready for Christmas dinner.
Turkeys and chickens have arrived at the barn
17 turkeys arrived at the Altario Agriculture Learning Centre in October. Darren Ference of Raeyson's Farms is a mentor for the program. The farm donates the turkeys and the feed to our school. Through Darren's guidance we have a set up a miniature turkey barn that is as realistic as possible to a large turkey organization. Darren's son, Raine, is our School Led Farm's turkey manager.
When we began our agriculture program in Altario, I never realized how excited and supportive the industry would be. The agriculture industry is a proud contributor to Alberta's economy. Alberta's agriculture is a world leader in research and practice. Our students benefit when they learn from our agriculture experts. The industry wants to help students better understand "What's on their plate."
This is what education is about. It is real and relevant for the students. They are weighing and rationing feed. They are adjusting water systems. They are monitoring temperatures. They are making marketing decisions. It's a great program for Altario School, but would be a great program for so many more students.
We sold our turkey at Christmas.
We have 5 chickens in the barn, the students feed them and collect the eggs each morning as part of their morning chores. Our future plans will be to increase the amount of laying hens we have and sell the eggs we collect. We also plan to create an area for butchering chickens.
Second batch of turkeys
Thanks to the hard work of the students, our community, students and staff all got to enjoy a great Christmas turkey dinner. All the other turkeys were sold.
We were very excited to get the next batch of turkeys. They arrived on January 11th 2020. We have 42 turkeys to raise.
February 28th, 2020 our turkey production manager, Raine Ference has been working hard every day keeping the turkeys healthy. Look how much they have grown so far!