Feast on the Farm supports student leadership

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September 12, 2016
Lakeland College’s first Feast on the Farm was a resounding success. With 150 guests in attendance on Aug. 20, more than $20,000 was raised in support of student leadership opportunities
“Feast on the Farm proved to be a memorable night for all. We are honoured by the generous support from our sponsors, alumni, community organizations and friends of the college,” says Georgina Altman, vice president of advancement and external relations. Feast on the Farm 2016

Held in conjunction with Alberta Open Farm Days, Feast on the Farm was held at Lakeland’s Barr Farm in celebration of the harvest season. Guests were given a tour of the Student-Managed Farm – Powered by New Holland prior to dining outdoors. The evening featured a live auction, keepsake photo in the field and lively music thanks to The Laurence Boys. The emcees were recent agricultural sciences grads. Ali Mullin, Class of 2014 agribusiness, and Carson Reid, Class of 2016 agribusiness, shared their Lakeland experience with guests and the leadership opportunities they experienced at Lakeland.

“Our focus is to grow and enhance student leadership opportunities at Lakeland because they are a vital part of our students’ experience. These opportunities help our students to excel as leaders today. Thank you to everyone for supporting Feast on the Farm and our students,” says Altman.

Lakeland’s student leaders made headlines throughout the 2015-2016 academic year.  Interior design technology students – Sydney Melnyk and Sara Downing – won first and second, respectively, in the National Kitchen & Bath Association (NKBA) 2015-16 Charette Design Competition. Austin Vavrek, Class of 2016, excelled in his research with crop management intensities at the Student-Managed Farm – Powered by New Holland and presented his work at the Colleges and Institutes Canada 2016 Applied Research Symposium. Mason Mehl, a Lakeland apprentice, was recognized as the province’s top parts technician apprentice in 2015.
Photo: Inspired by Lakeland College's rural roots, Feast on the Farm was held outdoors at Lakeland's Barr Farm in honour of the harvest season and in support of student leadership opportunities.