Camp News!

We have been very fortunate to have had great media coverage, which has really helped to spread the word about our camp’s purpose - to connect youth to the possibilities of Artificial Intelligence in Ag.

Thanks to: CBC Radio, CJOB Radio, Pembina Valley Online and CFAM for the great FarmFemmes coverage

We now have a sponsor for code camp on Saturday, June 15th, which means you can sign up and attend FOR FREE! Be one of the first 10 people to complete the registration form for your 8-16 year old and they can attend at no cost to you.

If you, or your 8-16 year old, has ever wondered about a career in artificial intelligence, been interested about how facial recognition works, or wanted to design an autonomous tractor this camp is for them.

OR maybe you are not quite sure what artificial intelligence is all about, you have reservations about it’s importance or are not sure if you want your kids to know more than you - this camp is for your kids too! A one day investment can introduce your son or daughter to some very tangible new skills and expose you to new technologies.


Follow along this week as we feature some agricultural innovations that will inspire you to be part of feeding the world. From robotic milkers to high tech potato piles, agriculture is full of opportunities to use tech skills to solve real-world challenges, and you can be part of the solution.

Asked and Answered

Since last week’s launch of Code Camp: AI in a Day we have received a number of inquiries with questions about camp. We hope that this post will give you the information that you need to help you decide to register your kids and grandkids, neighbour’s kids, 4-H club, Sunday School class… you get the idea.

Why should I want my kids to know how to code?

Artificial intelligence has applications in every field of interest, from banking to medicine, and from manufacturing to city planning. Of course it has many agricultural applications as well! People who write code can make decisions about what and how computers learn from the data that they process. Code mixes creativity, ingenuity, disciplined thinking and cultural design. Who wouldn’t want a skill that transfers across areas of interest and can be used to help solve practical problems?

What is Artificial Intelligence?

People develop computer systems to be able to perform tasks that normally require human intelligence, such as visual perception, speech recognition or translation between languages. Computers can process large amounts of data quickly and detect patterns that are more difficult for humans to recognize. These abilities can be used to help computers perform intelligent tasks.

What is code?

Code is a precise set of instructions written for a computer to understand in order to provide directions for it to perform some function.

What uses code?

Pretty much anything with a battery or a plug uses code to perform a variety of tasks. Some everyday examples include sensors in your car, debit machines, a portable grain tester or a robotic milking machine.

Is the camp for girls only?

No, we encourage anyone to attend. As FarmFemmes, we hope that seeing women as instructors helps young girls see themselves in this space. Karen and I are raising boys and girls and we want them all to be able to code - and the same is true for all kids.

What are your qualifications?

Dr. Karen Hildebrand has a PhD in Information Systems specializing in Data Mining, but we just call her Karen. Teresa coached K-12 teachers, taught high school math and was chosen as Sioux Falls, SD Teacher of the Year.

If you have any questions about AI in a Day please contact us at Karen@farmfemmes.com or teresa@farmfemmes.com or message us from your favorite social media platform @farmfemmes

Coding Camp: AI in a Day

FarmFemmes’ 2019 Coding Camp registration is NOW OPEN!

Artificial Intelligence(AI) is part of our lives: from autonomous vehicles to security using facial recognition.  From online support help to the ways our food is produced AI is impacting us all! This camp will expose participants to key types of artificial intelligence AND hands on labs to apply their new skills in real-life situations.

Campers will explore three examples of Artificial Intelligence (AI) that are in use today, and then they will personalize models for each of these AI applications.

  • Image recognition

  • Text to speech

  • Interactive Chatbots

In just one day, participants will better understand how they can use Artificial Intelligence to impact their world.  We will explore possible applications for each technology, and the opportunities and challenges that arise when teaching computers to help us interact with others.

We learn by doing, so each participant will have a Chromebook to use as they explore and personalize their own models utilizing the Amazon Web Services (AWS) cloud platform.  Collaboration and problem solving are valuable skills, so students will be encouraged to work together to design and troubleshoot their projects.

At the end of the day, parents and guardians are encouraged to watch the participants “Show what they Know”.  Prepare to be amazed at how your camper can personalize such cool tools in just one day!


WHO: camps are specifically designed for 8-16 year olds.  

WHEN/WHERE: Camps will be offered throughout the summer. 

Saturday, May 11 - PLS/Terra Point Morden/Winkler (Give Mom a Day Off! edition)

Sunday, May 12 - PLS/Terra Point Morden/Winkler (Give Mom a Day Off! edition)

Saturday, June 15 - PLS/Terra Point  (Give Dad a Day Off! edition)

Monday - Thursday June 17-20 - Wawanesa School (3:30pm - 5:30pm daily)

Monday, July 8 - Winnipeg, MB 

Tuesday, July 9 - Winnipeg, MB

Friday, July 26 - Sioux Falls, SD

Saturday, July 27 - Sioux Falls, SD

Saturday, August 10 - Brandon, MB

Sunday, August 11 - Brandon, MB


Click on Coding Camp at the top of this page or use these links for details and to register.

Global Big Data Conference: Precision Ag

It's presentation day @ the Global Big Data Conference on Artificial Intelligence!  One of my favorite videos is today's because I just read this fun stat in the January, 2018 issue of Canola Digest that only 15% of farmers are using precision agriculture.  

This video shows how Deer Creek Farms of Morden, Manitoba got started in Precision Agriculture, and the results it had on the 2017 Canola harvest.  If you enjoy the video, please share it on Facebook or Twitter.  If you have your own precision ag story that you'd be willing to share with us please comment below or send us an e-mail.  

Global Big Data Conference: Precision Ag

We are looking forward to presenting at the Global Big Data Conference on Artificial Intelligence on Wednesday, in Santa Clara, California!  

This week we'll share the videos we have made for the presentation.  If you like them, please share them on your Facebook or Twitter accounts, we'd love to see how many people we can reach and we'd love your help!