Discovery Park — Outdoor Exhibition

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Canada Agriculture and Food Museum
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Welcome to Discovery Park 

A new discovery every season

Agriculture is a dynamic industry, constantly transformed by human ingenuity and creativity. Explore some fascinating agricultural innovations in this interactive park. 

You may be surprised by what you find. 


Bee vectoring technology info panel outside at Discovery Park

Safe Delivery, from A to Bee

To treat outbreaks of mould or other fungi that might damage crops, farmers usually rely on fungicides. But what if they could prevent these outbreaks in the first place?

An Ontario company—Bee Vectoring Technology (BVT)—has developed a delivery and protection system that relies on bumblebees and a “good” fungus to protect crops from fungal diseases.

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calf hutch outside beside info panel at Discovery Park

A First Home

Calves are born with a weak immune system and can get very sick for the first two months of their lives. To keep the calves healthy, dairy farmers usually house them away from older animals and the germs they carry. 

Many dairy farmers house their calves outdoors, in individual hutches. The hutch has everything a calf needs to be healthy and comfortable. 

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A self-serve waterer on display outside at Discovery Park

A Self-Serve Waterer

Just like us, farm animals need clean drinking water. Getting water to animals in far-off pastures or during the winter months can be challenging, as it takes energy to pump water and to keep it from freezing in cold weather.

Developed by a farmer in Alberta, the Frostfree Nosepump is a waterer that allows farm animals to pump the water they need, in both summer and winter.

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image of the hivesense honeybee monitoring system at Discovery Park

Monitoring Honeybees from a Distance

Culinary instructors at Algonquin College have teamed up with TwelveDots Labs to enable students in the School of hospitality and Tourism to “spy” on honeybee colonies from a distance. 

The HiveSense honeybee-monitoring system tracks humidity and temperature in beehives, as well as the sounds produced by the colonies. When analyzed, the data provides valuable information on the wellbeing and lifecycle of honeybees. To acquire additional research data, Algonquin College has set up a secondary apiary here at the Canada Agriculture and Food Museum.

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