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April 21, 2017

Canada Agriculture and Food Museum Opens New Soil Lab

OTTAWA, April 21, 2017 — The Canada Agriculture and Food Museum will launch the new Soil Lab on Earth Day 2017. This unique learning space will provide visitors an opportunity to discover the importance of soil management and conservation and how it affects the Canadian agricultural industry. A combination of educational programs led by Museum interpreters and independent learning, this discovery zone invites families to get their hands dirty while finding out how to protect this life-sustaining natural resource.

On Earth Day, visitors and media are invited to help protect our environment from the soil up! The launch event will take place at the Canada Agriculture and Food Museum at 10a.m., Saturday, April 22, 2017, and will include a ribbon cutting ceremony as well as interactive activities such as exploring the fascinating organisms that inhabit soil through a microscope, helping to plant and care for the Museum’s garden, and digging into active vermicompost.

The Soil Lab is made possible through the generous support of Fertilizer Canada, the Soil Conservation Council of Canada, and Nutrients for Life.

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“Healthy soil is a valuable resource which is critical for food security, renewable energy sources, and medicine. The Museum staff is thrilled with the additional opportunities for citizen science and soil science experiments this new discovery zone provides.”

– Kerry Leigh Burchill, Director General, Canada Agriculture and Food Museum

 "The Soil Conservation Council of Canada is delighted to be a partner in this great initiative!"

– Alan Kruszel, ‎Chair, Soil Conservation Council of Canada

Zoë Lomer
Manager, Marketing and Communications
Canada Science and Technology Museums Corporation

About the Canada Agriculture and Food Museum

Canada’s unique agricultural heritage and future are celebrated at the Museum. Explore the sights and sounds of farm life through the animal barns, exhibitions, treasures from the collection, hands-on activities, and food demonstrations. The Museum is located on the Central Experimental Farm, a 425-hectare crop research station and National Historic Site, just minutes from Parliament Hill by car and steps from the Rideau Canal, the Ornamental Gardens and Dominion Arboretum. For more information, please visit

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