The Agassiz Research and Development Centre’s (ARDC) will celebrate an open house on Saturday July 22. Image Credit/Submitted.

The Agassiz Research and Development Centre (ARDC) celebrates open house

Research centre celebrates open house this weekend

The Agassiz Research and Development Centre’s (ARDC) open house will celebrate Canada’s and Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada’s – 150th birthday with an open house that is part of the 11th annual Agassiz Farms Cycle Tour on Saturday, July 22nd.

This free, family-friendly event will take place from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Activities will include a series of presentations, guided tours, and a kids’ zone. An opening ceremony featuring the Harrison Highlanders will take place at 10 a.m. There will also be an opportunity to meet scientists and learn about local research conducted to create a greener more productive agriculture sector.

“We’re very excited to showcase the work that we do at the centre and talk about how the research impacts the foods Canadians eat every day,” says Gary Telford, Acting Associate Director of Research Development and Technology at the ARDC. “This year’s open house will have some special highlights in honour of Canada’s 150th birthday. We very much look forward to celebrating this special occasion with the community!”

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Whether it’s integrated pest management, horticulture, or soils, research at the Centre covers a range of topics important in the Fraser Valley and beyond. Learn about plants, bugs, and more by meeting our research technicians, field and greenhouse crew, biologists, and scientists. Event highlights will include cake cuttings at 10:15 a.m. and 1 p.m. hay wagon rides, and ice cream. Staff will give short talks between 11 a.m. and 3: 30 p.m. on a range of topics covering the centre’s past, present and future.

The kids’ zone will feature face painting and other fun activities. Visitors also can browse historical displays or enjoy a stroll in the Centre’s arboretum, which was first established in the 1890s. Representatives from Farm Credit Canada, the University of the Fraser Valley and other industry groups will be on site to share information about agriculture in our region.

Come join the fun at the Agassiz Open House, 6947, Highway 7 Agassiz, on July 22, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.