Lakeland College has become the first school in Alberta to complete an Environmental Farm Plan.
Students at Lakeland who work on the student-run farm are now using the Alberta Environmental Farm Plan online webbook to self-assess their farming practices. During the winter term, about 50 students worked on the plan, helping them to learn how to minimize environmental risks and damages of the farm.
“We are proud to be demonstrating environmental stewardship on our college farm and to have our students working through the EFP,” said Josie Van Lent, dean of the School of Agricultural Sciences at Lakeland College.
“Lakeland has demonstrated their commitment to environmental stewardship and we commend them for their leadership in sustainable agriculture for the future,” said Paul Watson, AEFP Director. “Students are the future of farming; if they learn about and adopt sound environmental practices now, they will likely incorporate those practices into their farming practices and careers.”
Students at Lakeland have done EFP exercises before, but this was the first time they completed and submitted one specific to the student-run farm.