You’d expect plenty of animals and plants at the Agricultural Campus, but did you know we have a couple of turtles who roam freely in one of our buildings? Or that we have a university-wide holiday dedicated to a New York publisher? You’ll discover a ton of things about this place once you arrive on campus, but here are a few (not-so-secret) secrets to get you started.
Yes, Dal has its very own holiday! Everyone at Dal knows that the first Friday in February is Munro Day. The most glorious holiday of the year, because no one outside of Dal has it as a holiday. We have the run of the city!
It’s named after George Munro, a wealthy New York-based publisher from Pictou County, N.S. In 1879, Dalhousie was struggling financially and about to close down. Generous gifts over the years from Munro, amounting to $330,000 (worth $8 million today), rescued the university. Because of this gift, we’re all here today! It’s only fitting to take the day to commemorate and celebrate him.
We have lumberjacks! One of the most successful varsity teams at the Agricultural Campus is the Woodsmen (which is actually a group of men and women) who battle in such awesome-sounding events as the axe throw, pole climb, and pulp toss!
The Golden Ram
The Golden Ram is the official student run newspaper on campus. It features event recaps, upcoming event calendars and focuses on all of the fun and exciting things happening on campus. The Golden Ram can be found in residence houses, in the DASA lounge, and in the various student services offices. The Golden Ram is your monthly guide to Aggie news!
Looking to grab lunch outside or have a picnic on a beautiful day? Alumni Gardens is the perfect spot, with its ideal location close to nearly all of the academic buildings on campus. The vast gardens feature lots of flowers, arbours, and a bandstand with a picnic table. The gardens provide tranquil and inviting green space right in the middle of campus!
We are Agriculture
We are Agriculture is an online space dedicated to highlighting the people behind the great work happening at the Faculty of Agriculture. It features students, staff, faculty, and alumni and is constantly promoting all of the amazing things happening on campus! Take a peek at the students currently being featured.
The Collins Building is home to a beautiful indoor oasis of plants and a small fish pond that also houses two turtles who roam freely through the building. These turtles have a mind of their own! Stop by to take in the serenity of the building and you may be lucky enough to have some unexpected company!
The Dal AC Community Garden
The Community Garden on campus brings together students, staff, and people from the local community with a range of experience growing food. During the growing season, the garden is vibrant and busy featuring nearly 40 plots, where each member pays a fee of $20 per plot. The coordinator position is always held by a student and is organized by the Dalhousie Agricultural Students’ Association (DASA). Do you have a green thumb? This may be a perfect position for you!
The Aquaculture Centre
Our campus features a state-of-the-art Aquaculture Centre that houses the resources required to nurture fish, grow algae, and manage water quality, among other projects. Inside you’ll find many different types of fish, shell organisms, and much more! If you have an interest in aquaculture, stop by the Centre in the Haley Building and the passionate staff would be delighted to show you around.
The Dalhousie Agricultural Students’ Association (DASA) Lounge
The DASA Lounge located in Cox Institute is the ultimate student relaxation space. It features lots of comfy seating and a flat screen TV available for entertainment and gaming. It also features many beautiful agricultural photographs and is home to all of the DASA student executive offices. The lounge is a great study space, perfect for group meetings, or to just watch a movie with friends!
The Agricultural Campus launched its official ring, the barley ring, in 2010. The design features a textured pattern of barley around the band and each ring is handmade by local artisan Donna Hiebert. The barley pattern represents an essential element of agriculture as barley has been a widely planted and harvested crop in Nova Scotia since the earliest times and it was one of the first crops planted on the Agricultural Campus in 1890. Only graduating students can buy one, so they’re worn proudly by Aggie alumni!
Emily’s pretty much the biggest AC booster you’ll ever meet.