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Dalhousie Agricultural Campus community open house next week

BIBLE HILL - Dalhousie Agricultural Campus will open its doors to the public next Thursday for its annual community open house.

The event runs from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., rain or shine.

The open house will highlight the United Nations theme of International Year of Family Farming, and will feature many other activities, highlighting the range of work done on the campus.

Graduate student Wasundara Fernando will be featured. Fernando, who is investigating the viability of treating breast cancer using a biomolecule taken from apples, was recently awarded $17,850 from the Beatrice Hunter Cancer Research Institute. It's the first time a student outside of Dalhousie's Faculty of Medicine has received the award.

Bay Enterprises, an oyster hatchery run by Charles Purdy - an alumnus of the former NSAC - will also be featured during the open house.

The hatchery raises oysters from larvae, producing their own algae to feed the larvae. Purdy has been running this three-generation company for many years and continues to partner with the campus by providing oysters for research purposes.

Faculty researcher Sophia Hu will also be featured. Hu is investigating the production of biodiesel from camelina, a promising energy crop in Canada. Biodiesel from camelina offers farmers an opportunity to grow their own fuels on farms. It could directly lead to energy cost reduction on farms, reduce the reliance on petroleum fuels add revenue streams to farms and moves toward on-farm energy self-sufficiency. Hu recently received an NSERC Discovery Grant for her research in this area.

Other attractions during the open house include a family barbecue, Bubble Barn, touch tanks in the aquaculture centre, animals and much more.

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