FortWhyte Alive is dedicated to providing programming, natural settings and facilities for environmental education, outdoor recreation and social enterprise. In so doing, FortWhyte promotes awareness and understanding of the natural world and actions leading to sustainable living.
Since 2003, the award-winning FortWhyte Farms program at FortWhyte Alive has been working with underserved urban youth, using the practice of sustainable urban agriculture and social enterprise to build confidence and leadership skills, provide employment training, while instilling values of individual and community self-reliance.
Danielle Mondor manages FortWhyte Farms, Winnipeg’s largest urban farm, food education centre and youth employment program located at FortWhyte Alive. She has been an organic farmer for 14 years on rural and urban farms in Manitoba with extensive work with a number of food advocacy organizations, schools and most recently Direct Farm Manitoba to strengthen the local food economy. At FortWhyte, Danielle loves witnessing how the stewardship of plants and animals on a farm gives people the ability to steward nature with the same two hands.
Ian Barnett is the Director of Operations at FortWhyte Alive. 13 years ago he worked to develop the programming and community partnerships that evolved into the FortWhyte Farms social enterprise program and was manager of that program until 2014. Until recently he was a hobby beekeeper and active member of the Harvest Moon Local Food Initiative. He is currently studying part-time towards a Masters of Business Administration in Social Enterprise Leadership. He lives in rural Manitoba with his wife and 2 teenage children.