FortWhyte Alive

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.



SECC Social Enterprise Definition
Social enterprises are community-based businesses that sell goods or services in the market place to achieve a social, cultural and/or environmental purpose; they reinvest their profits to maximize their social mission.
SECC Vision, Mission, and Goal
We envision vibrant community-based social enterprises successfully contributing to creating healthy communities. Our Mission is to convene, inform and influence community-based social enterprises and their key stakeholders. Our strategic goal is to insure social enterprises have a supportive ecosystem that: · Enhances Their Business Skills · Assures Access To Capital · Creates Market Opportunities · Recognizes Their Impact · Provides Supportive Legislation And Regulations