“No harm on the farm”: Grow Calgary launches animal rescue program – Calgary

Grow Calgary has been providing food to those in need since 2013, but its latest additions are not intended for human consumption.

The new Farm Animal Rescue Mission (FARM) aims to accommodate animals that can no longer be cared for by their owners.

Paul Hughes, the founder of Grow Calgary, said the latest program makes the organization a more complete farming experience for volunteers.

“We were starting to hear that there were animals in distress,” said Hughes. “With the increase in hay prices, we started to see a lot more animals going to the market and we wanted to divert some to safe haven. “

So far, Grow Calgary has hosted a number of backyard horses, pigs, sheep, cats and birds.

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Hughes explains that all of the animals are from southern Alberta and the group is looking to increase its capacity from 30 to 40 animals by next spring.

“Our motto here is ‘no harm on the farm’. They come here to live their lives, ”said Hughes.

Caring for animals also helps flesh out Grow Calgary’s free farm management certificate program, which aims to teach people about responsible farming.

“Grow Calgary has always been involved in growing vegetables for the vulnerable sector,” said Hughes. “We wanted to expand and add animals, husbandry and animal care to our farm management course. “

Grow Calgary is looking for volunteers to help with the FARM program as it prepares its barns and shelters for the mission’s first winter.

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