Nielsen, Alice (Peterson)

In 1947, the Alix local of the United Farm Women of Alberta (UFWA) wanted to work with youth in its community. Alice Nielsen suggested they teach gardening.

Alice and the other UFWA women bought seeds: pumpkins, beets and corn and flowers like marigolds and batchelor buttons. They gave the seeds to school children with instructions for planting.

Through the growing season, Alice visited more than 50 gardens planted by children.  She saw baby brothers pulling up carrots, rabbits and dogs digging up rows and entire pouches of seeds poured into one hole. But some succeeded despite weeds and other hazards. Those with the best gardens were named Flower Girls and Vegetable Boys, attendants to the Agricultural Fair's Harvest Queen.

Alice also helped establish the Alix Horticultural Society. In her youth, Alice was actively involved in a variety of sports such as baseball, basketball and riding horses. In 1928, she married Monto Nielsen.

She farmed with her husband at Stanton and raised three children. After Monto's death in 1963, she owned and operated a successful bakery. In her later years, Alice painted with oils and taught others to paint. She helped establish Alix's Wagon Wheel Museum with her good friend Alice Whitfield. Alice also gathered many stories for the local histories Pioneers and Progress and Gleanings After Pioneers and Progress.

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