Farm Fest com­ing on Satur­day

The Prince George Citizen - - Local / Weather - Frank PEE­BLES Cit­i­zen staff fpee­bles@pgc­i­t­i­zen.ca

There’s a new Prince Ge­orge fes­ti­val for the old­est ac­tiv­ity in the world.

Farm Fest Prince Ge­orge is a one-day event in its in­au­gu­ral year, but its three or­ga­niz­ing forces al­ready have hopes it will grow. The com­mu­nity is in­vited to come down for an ad­mis­sion free ex­plo­ration on Satur­day.

The or­ga­niz­ers are Hope Farms, Be­tulla Burn­ing and the Omineca Arts Cen­tre.

They will be joined by a bou­quet of part­ner agen­cies all work­ing to­gether to make it a food-fo­cused and agri­cul­ture­fo­cused waltz through the many fields of lo­cal grow-it-your­self en­ter­prises.

“Not only will Farm Fest be tak­ing over Third Av­enue down­town, we will be joined by Pos­i­tive Liv­ing North: No kh yoh t’sih’en t’se­hena So­ci­ety’s AIDS Walk & Block Party, the UNBC Cy­cling Club’s Bike Rodeo, PG Farm­ers’ Mar­ket, and the Wil­son Square Com­mu­nity Mar­ket for a down­town block party,” said event spokesper­son Roanne Whit­ti­case.

The area’s 4-H youth de­vel­op­ment pro­gram is also on board, as are a host of ven­dors that fea­ture all-lo­cal foods, crafts and other prod­ucts that sprang from the bounty of the area.

“The event will also en­gage the com­mu­nity in op­por­tu­ni­ties to learn more about agri­cul­ture in our north­ern cli­mate and to con­nect with lo­cal grow­ers, farm­ers in­sti­tutes and out­lets for fur­ther ed­u­ca­tion and in­volve­ment, such as work­shops and on­line re­sources,” said Whit­ti­case.

The three fea­tured speak­ers hold­ing on-site work­shops are:

• Noemie Touchette, fruit wine mak­ing,10 to 11 a.m.

• De­bra Mof­fatt, vol­un­tary sim­plic­ity, 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

• Don Basser­mann, ur­ban gar­den­ing, 1 to 2 p.m.

The first Farm Fest Prince Ge­orge hap­pens from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the 1200 block of Third Av­enue.

To join in the event or for more in­for­ma­tion con­tact Whit­ti­case at 250-981-1241, email roan­newhit­ti­case@gmail.com or look the event up on Face­book and In­sta­gram.

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