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Olds College Celebrates Homestead Feast

Homestead FeastzWith a room full of our most staunch supporters, Olds College hosted the first annual Homestead Feast, a field to fork dining experience that showcased our region’s food producers, who provided the food for the evening, local entertainment, and Olds College’s role as a leader in the Agriculture industry. 

We also had the opportunity to share the vision for our Animal Health Education Centre, a new facility that will support the development of a world-class animal health education program. This learning environment will celebrate leading edge, student centred learning practices, with a focus on animal welfare, low stress handling techniques, applied research, and utilizing state of the art technology, and will allow for future expansion of animal health programming at Olds College.

“We have seen a higher increase in demand for our Animal Health programs than in any other program we offer” explains Dalin Bullock, Dean, School of Animal Science and Horticulture. “We have become a destination for this type of training and have actually outgrown our space.”

To cap off the night of celebration, we were fortunate to have the opportunity to celebrate our 2018 Partner of the Year, Mountain View County. Mountain View County has a long history of supporting Olds College, most recently pledging support via a $500,000 contribution to the Werklund Agriculture Institute.

The support that Olds College has received from Mountain View County over the years, through donating space to our Heavy Equipment Operator program, funds to our Meat Processing program, and most recently to the contributions of the Werklund Agriculture Institute, is a testament to our strong, long-standing, mutually beneficial partnership.

“Mountain View County has been a long standing partner of Olds College, and that speaks to relationship that we have with the county,” explains Patrick Machacek, Vice President, Development at Olds College. “I think they recognize the importance of what the College does for students here in Mountain View County, but also for the rest of Alberta.”

Olds College would like to express our sincerest gratitude to the sponsors, volunteers, vendors, supporters, and attendees who helped to ensure the success of our first annual Homestead Feast. Thanks to your support, we were able to raise over $50,000 towards our new Animal Health Education Centre.

This new facility will ensure that Olds College is able to offer our students excellent learning experiences that provide them with hands-on opportunities that will let them put their knowledge to use. For more information on how to support the Animal Health Education Centre, visit

Equine Student GreetersStudents Greeting GuestsHomestead Feast HostsDustin Farr

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