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Stony Plain’s Amanda Hardman recent recipient of 4-H Alberta Premier’s Award


Amanda Hardman, from Stony Plain, is the 2019 4-H Alberta Premier’s Award recipient.

Highest 4-H honours for Stony Plain youth

Amanda Hardman, 17, from the Stony Riders 4-H Club is the 2019 4 H Alberta Premier’s Award recipient.

Amanda, 17, is a member of the Stony Riders 4-H Club, and was chosen from among the province’s top 4-H members to receive this prestigious award during the annual 4-H Selections program at Olds College.

“4-H has been such an amazing and influential program for me. My 4-H family is absolutely irreplaceable and the experiences I’ve had have been so important to my own development.”

Amanda Hardman, 2019 4-H Alberta Premier’s Award recipient

Since 1964, the 4-H Premier’s Award has recognized the accomplishments of youth in rural Alberta. 4-H members and leaders continue to be instrumental in keeping rural communities strong, developing skills in leadership and giving back to their communities through volunteer work and developing their skills and expertise in agriculture and other project areas.

“4-H provides thousands of Alberta youth with personal development opportunities and invaluable life skills each year. Congratulations to the 2019 Premier’s Award recipient and the 4-H senior delegates and ambassadors. I know you will represent Alberta well.”

Devin Dreeshen, Minister of Agriculture and Forestry

The Premier’s Award recipient represents 4-H Alberta at various regional 4-H and agricultural events throughout the year and will also have the opportunity to meet with the Premier and minister of Agriculture and Forestry.

About Amanda Hardman – 2019 4-H Premier’s Award Recipient

  • Six-year member of the Stony Riders 4-H Club
  • 4-H Club president
  • 4-H Canada Youth Service Leader
  • Bronze medal winner as a 4-H Canada Fair finalist at the Canada-wide science fair
  • Recipient of the Spruce Grove Chamber of Commerce’s Youth Idea Expo for her business, Experience the Acres.

In addition, 14 senior 4-H delegates were named as 4-H Alberta Ambassadors to promote 4-H and youth involvement in Alberta. 4-H Alberta has also selected 34 members to represent 4-H Alberta at major educational events and conferences throughout Canada and the United States.

4-H Alberta marked its 100th anniversary in 2017 and its updated mission is to inspire, educate and develop members who are outstanding rural and urban youth, leaders and engaged citizens. 4-H members develop leadership skills and learn the value of volunteerism by participating in dynamic projects, programs and community service. In honouring our province’s rural roots, 4-H continues to recognize the importance of food and agriculture in Alberta. Visit for more information.


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Kraay Family Farm Celebrates 20 Years of Farmtastic Fun



July 17, 2019 | Lacombe, AB –

from Kraay Family Farm

Kraay Family Farm is proud to celebrate 20 years of growing memories – your memories and ours!

The Kraay Family Farm is excited to announce that in honour of a milestone two decades of operation, the 2019 corn maze design honours and celebrates 20 years of family-friendly farm fun. The maze covers 15 acres of land and incorporates the Kraay Family Farm 20-year logo.

“We often get questions about why there is a crow in our logo. Our family is Dutch in origin and the name ‘Kraay’ actually means ‘Crow’ in Dutch. That, and there are a lot of crows around here!” explains Rachel Kraay. Rachel and Reuben Kraay own the farm together with Reuben’s parents, Ed and Linda Kraay.

“We are so grateful for the many guests who have encouraged, supported and had fun with us over these last 20 years! To own and operate a business where we get to watch our kids and our community’s kids grow up and to be part of families enjoying time together is amazing and truly a blessing for us,” says Rachel Kraay, one of the owners of the Kraay Family Farm.

Ed and Linda started the farm as a means to supplement the income from their small hog farm. Reuben was traveling after high school and visited a similar type of farm with a corn maze and other agritainment attractions and suggested the idea to his parents. “Ed and Linda like to have fun and try new things so, together with friends of theirs, they started the farm on a whim one year with just a corn maze, a slide, and a few picnic tables and fire pits,” continues Kraay, “The farm has just grown from there! Reuben and I joined his parents in 2005 after our first child was born and we’ve been adding to the farm ever since!”

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Stuff You Didn’t Know About Wheat



Wheat has been around for a LONG time. It’s lived some life. So, there is probably a lot of stuff you’ve just never heard about. Here are some facts about wheat that range from pretty darn conventional, to delightfully esoteric. Enjoy!

This video was produced independently by Know Ideas Media

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