Over the past 15 years, FortWhyte Farms has grown from ‘a small apiary and a hot plate’ to Winnipeg’s largest urban farm, food-based social enterprise, and education centre.
FortWhyte Farms is a catalytic, transformative force for youth and their families by providing a place where youth gain belonging, hope and purpose, increased academic capacity, new sources of income, and access to high-quality, locally produced food.
In 2003, FortWhyte Alive came together with a host of respected partners to develop a program invested in building long-lasting social change with youth immersed in nature through relationship building. FortWhyte Farms began as social enterprise focused on employment skill-building for a handful of youth through beekeeping and local food production, and has grown ever since.
Fifteen years later, our programs have diversified to support hundreds of young people gaining knowledge and skills in food security, sustainable and healthy lifestyle habits, and meaningful employment through FortWhyte Farms’ education and employment programs.
Working in partnership with a network of schools and youth-serving agencies, young people receive hands-on training and immersive experiences in nature linked with the Manitoba Sustainable Development curriculum.