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Living Lab – Atlantic

Located on Prince Edward Island, Living Lab – Atlantic on-farm research is taking place in the Dunk River, Kensington North and Souris watersheds, as well as at the Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada Harrington Research Farm.

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A map of Prince Edward Island highlighting the locations of four regions where Living Lab – Atlantic research is taking place. These regions include Harrington Research Farm, Souris Watershed, Kensington NorthWatershed, Dunk River Watershed. The Dunk River Watershed is magnified to highlight four additional subwatersheds – Webster Creek, Maple Plains, Johnson Creek and Breadalbane. Prepared by Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada. Watershed boundary data provided by Environment and Climate Change Canada. Basemap provided by Earthstar Geographics.

Prince Edward Island’s landscape has a rolling topography with well-drained sandy loam soil and intermittent streams and watercourses. This iron rich soil is prone to weathering (oxidation or rusting) which creates its famous red colour. The soil is also prone to erosion and leaching of nutrients and other contaminants such as pesticides.

Prince Edward Island is one of the largest producers of potatoes in Canada. Some traditional farming practices have the potential to negatively affect the province’s soil and water resources. Farmers and collaborators have identified that the reduction of the environmental impacts associated with potato production, through modern and innovative practices, as the primary objective of Living Lab - Atlantic. In particular, the work will focus on developing and testing farming practices to address:

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Beneficial management practices

The objective is to investigate potential farming practices using innovative cover crops and companion crops.

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Innovative nutrient management techniques

The objective is to examine ways to manage nutrient flow and runoff in farm fields, and the implementation of farming practices to increase soil organic matter.

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Management of water quality and quantity

The objective is to identify and demonstrate farming practices for the management of water (irrigation, drainage and retention).

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