NEW CO-OP EXHIBIT OPENS IN RED DEER WITH UFA’S HELP
Red Deer, AB—Sunnybrook Farm Museum opened its Cooperative Mercantile Store building on August 20, 2016 in conjunction with its annual Pioneer Days event. This new exhibit educates the public on the importance of cooperatives and UFA is excited to be a part of this project. UFA’s ties to Sunnybrook run deep, as the museum is located on the site of the homestead of UFA’s first president, James Bower.
The new exhibit space provides a home for many UFA artifacts from the collection of United Farmers Historical Society, a non-profit that preserves and presents the ongoing history of UFA.
“UFA has a rich history and we are proud to be able to share it with Sunnybrook and rural communities across Alberta,” said Dina Sutherland, UFHS Secretary.
UFA was involved in establishing a number of co-operatives in Alberta that ensured farmers got the supplies they needed and could market their products at fair prices. These included UFA Co-operative Limited, United Grain Growers, The Alberta Wheat Pool and the Alberta Egg and Poultry Pool. UFHS is excited to work with other co-operatives in the Sunnybrook project to tell the story of the co-operative movement.
This year’s Pioneer Days event broke previous attendance records with over 2,000 attendees. Present at the exhibit opening were area MLAs, Red Deer City Councillors, as well as UFA Red Deer Delegate John Pogmore and UFA Board Chairman Kevin Hoppins, who gave a brief speech. Visit Sunnybrook Farm Museum (http://www.sunnybrookfarmmuseum.ca/) in Red Deer to experience the exhibit yourself and learn more about the important role of UFA Co-operative, and co-operatives more generally, in early life in Alberta.