Farm & Food Care Ontario is pleased to have assisted the Wellington Federation of Agriculture in the recent development of a set of five signs to be put up on walking trails in the area including the Guelph to Goderich (G2G) trail. Trail associations will be able to order the set of five signs, including mounting posts, at a cost subsidized by the WFA.
The project updates a 2006 initiative by FFCO's predecessor group, AGCare with funding from the Greenbelt Foundation and many conservation partners which saw a series of interpretive signs go up along hiking trails across the Greenbelt. Many of those signs are still in place.
The new signs explain different aspects of farming and feature profiles on Wellington County farmers including the Israel family (pigs), the Schill family (sheep) and the Harrop family (dairy). The signs also explain types of crops grown on farms in the area and explain things that people might see when they're driving in the area – like Environmental Farm Plan signs or the Wellington County Rural Water Quality Program.
The set of 5 signs is available from WFA at a subsidized cost, and includes posts.
OFA's Proud to Lead program and Farm Credit Canada assisted the WFA with funding for this project. Farm & Food Care donated it's time to lead the design work.
Looking to start a new business? Looking for help with an existing business? There are available resources in Wellington County to help you out. Two local organizations, Wellington Waterloo Community Futures https://www.wwcf.ca/ and Saugeen Economic Development Corporation https://sbdc.ca/ offer similar resources and are there to help. Loans are available in addition to other resources
Did you know that Wellington County residents are now able to use a ridesharing service? This service is available to all Wellington County residents, even in the rural areas, and you are picked up at your door!
Info here https://www.wellington.ca/en/business/ed-ridewell.aspx
On February 24th, WFA Past President Gord Flewwelling presented a $750 cheque to the Norwell District Secondary School LEAF (Local Environment Agriculture & Food) Program. This is a Specialist High Skills Major Course at Norwell. To find out more about the LEAF program https://www.ugdsb.ca/norwell/specialty-programs-2/leaf/
Friday October 26, 2018
Speaker: Keith Currie - Looking Forward
Keith Currie, a Collingwood-area hay and sweet corn farmer, was acclaimed as President of the OFA at the 2017 Annual General Meeting, returning for his second year in the position. Keith was the organization’s Vice President from 2013-2016. His 25+ years of experience with the OFA began with the Simcoe County Federation of Agriculture, where he held numerous positions including President from 2004-2006.
Keith is a graduate of Ridgetown College with a diploma in Agriculture Production Management. After college Keith returned home to manage an eighth-generation dairy and cash crop farm in Simcoe County with his wife Janice and four children. The dairy herd was dispersed in 2003 and the operation now focuses on production of grains and oilseed, forages for dry hay, along with sweet corn and gladiolus flower production.
Keith served on the Expert Advisory Panel for the Coordinated Land Use Planning Review chaired by former Mayor of Toronto, David Crombie in 2015. Keith was a respected voice speaking out for agriculture in this role.
Keith continues to garner the respect of policy-makers as he looks forward to challenges and opportunities that lay ahead for our industry.
The Wellington Federation of Agriculture’s Annual meeting:
Friday, October 26, 2018
6:30: Social and 7:00: Banquet
Location: Fergus Legion Branch 275
500 Blair Street, Fergus
(just off St. Andrews W.)
Tickets: $15 each ($10 students)
Your choice of a chicken or roast beef dinner catered by Helen McFadzean, plus insights into farm politics, and a little federation business for just $15!
Don’t wait. Call and order tickets now!