Sunflower Days

From the early beginnings, sunflowers were grown at the Canadian Pacific Demonstration and Supply Farm.  In 1920 the Supply Farm managers conducted a comparative study here in Strathmore which showed that silage from sunflowers was a superior fodder for milk production from the Holstein dairy herd as opposed to corn, oats or peas. Sunflowers were to play an important role in the farm operations which supplied dairy products to the railway and related businesses from Winnipeg to Canada’s West Coast.  In commemoration of those early sunflower days, members of the Western District Historical Society gathered at the Bruce Klaiber property, part of the original farm, on the evening of May 15, 2018, to plant a large garden of ornamental sunflowers