The Breton Plots are known worldwide in the Soil Science community and recognized as one of only a few long-term soil study projects in the world. Many farmers and rural communities have benefited enormously from the work done over the past 70 years. The economic impact through improved crop production, especially on western Canada, has been significant.
For the past 70 years, the University of Alberta has provided much of the core funding required to operate The Breton Plots. Research grants from agencies such as Alberta Agriculture Research Institute, Farming for the Future, Canada/Alberta Environmentally Sustainable Agriculture Agreement, and Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council have provided additional support. More recently, Alberta Agriculture, Food and Rural Development has contributed substantially to the operation of The Breton Plots.
Economic conditions have created this patchwork funding. Stable financial support is essential to maintain the operation of The Breton Plots and the transfer of our research knowledge to the agricultural, energy, and manufacturing industries. But we need your help!
How Can You Help?
The Breton Plots Endowment Fund was established to accumulate a capital fund from which investment earnings will be used to help finance day-to-day operations. Our goal is to raise $2 million. Private support will make the plots financially independent and ensure their long-term continuation.
Application of the knowledge gained from our research will continue to impact the biological, environmental, and economic wellbeing of our communities. We believe that you have a special interest in maintaining the work at The Breton Plots and invite you to join in this opportunity to ensure the continued benefits, both locally and globally. Please help make this happen!
Immediate gifts to The Breton Plots Endowment Fund may be eligible for matching funds. For more information or to make a contribution, please contact either Ken Crocker or Katherine A. Irwin.