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Watershed council hosts workshop in Macleod

Don Ruzicka of Sunrise Farm near Killam will be guest speaker at Holding the Reins.

An up-coming event will give land owners the opportunity to learn about practical on-farm solutions happening right now in Alberta that are making agriculture more sustainable.
The fifth annual Holding the Reins event is open to the public and is being held from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 10 at the Fort Macleod and District Community Hall.
The event organized by the Oldman Watershed Council’s rural team focuses on gathering rural citizens together to learn more about issues impacting them and share solutions.
“Events like Holding the Reins are important to show positive action and promote innovative solutions,” Oldman Watershed Council program co-ordinator Shannon Frank said. “This year’s line-up is very exciting because it features several land owners with truly novel approaches to sustainability.”
“Holding the Reins is also a great way to communicate the good things farmers and ranchers are doing to improve our watershed.”
Land owner groups and watershed stewardship groups will share their successes from the past year and four presentations will be made about key topics, including wind energy in rural Alberta, livestock composting and producing renewable energy from feedlots.
The keynote presentation for the day will feature Don Ruzicka of Sunrise Farm near Killam, who switched from a conventional farm operation to a smaller, more diverse operation with the aim of being sustainable for the long term.
A popular feature of Holding the Reins are the digital stories of local land owners and this year a new series is debuting; REAL Beef Producers — Ranchers Enhancing Alberta’s Landscapes.
The Oldman Watershed Council is a not-for-profit organization that is working in partnership with individuals and groups to maintain and improve the condition of the Oldman River watershed.
The rural team supports rural stewardship initiatives by providing resources, technical assistance and communication with other residents.
The event is open to anyone with interest. Please visit for more information and to register or contact Shannon at 403-381-5801 or Registration is required.