Huron Perth Fall Adventures 2021

Huron Perth Fall Adventures 2021

It’s been a great year with Huron Perth Junior Farmers, gaining many new and energetic members. We had a blast with farm tours, campfires, and community projects to name a few. In late 2020, we wanted to promote Century Farm Signs in Huron and Perth. The Century Farm Show came about after collaboration with members’ talents and the desire to showcase the deep roots of agriculture in Huron and Perth Counties. With community support along with the Huron Heritage Fund, and farm families willing to share their stories, we were able to produce the Show. We wanted to include the story of Century Farm families and how their farm and family has evolved over the years in the docuseries. We spent many months researching and interviewing various families in Huron and Perth, finding sponsors and finalizing the project. We officially launched the first monthly episode on January 27th, 2022 featuring Tom and Bev Prout (JFAO Alumni) at the Prout Family Farm. Their 5th generation farm is a cash crop operation, producing honey, Christmas trees and has a community garden. In episode 2, we showcase Hugh and Rhonda Love. This 125 year old farm has seen different
operations on it, but is known as the home to many award winning Clydesdales. We are excited to finally bring the show on air and hope everyone enjoys learning about some of our local history!

The weather getting colder didn’t slow Huron-Perth down one bit! We got into the Halloween spirit at our October meeting with a pumpkin carving social, and drank hot chocolate to keep warm outside. We attended Grey County’s Amazing Race, and one of our teams even tied for first place! For our November meeting we stayed in, for a movie night and popcorn. Once December rolled in we started participating in our local Christmas Parade with a float and our Mascot! We went skating with Middlesex, Oxford and Waterloo. We finished the year off with a Christmas party and meeting. We played games, exchanged gifts and had a potluck.

Grey Adventures Outside 2021

Grey Adventures Outside 2021

Grey County JF is excited to announce that Grey’s Ag Adventure was very successful! We have over 60 people participate in this scavenger hunt that took place all over Grey County. Grey County also participated in the Meaford Santa Claus Parade! It was a very snowy evening but it was enjoyed by all!

Essex Kent Fall 2021

Essex Kent Fall 2021

2021 was a good year for the Essex – Kent Junior Farmers, despite the challenges brought on by the pandemic. We were able to hold our November and December meetings in person which was a great feeling and allowed us to reconnect in person, something we weren’t able to do in many of the 2021 meetings, which were held over zoom. In November, we held our 2nd annual Slow Moving Vehicle (SMV) sign exchange in the parking lot of the Peavey Mart in Chatham. We were once again sponsored by the Kent Federation of Agriculture as they covered the cost of the signs and refreshments for farmers. The exchange once again was a success as we exchanged 21 worn out / broken SMV signs with brand new steel ones. Something new in 2021 that wasn’t part of our 2019 event was a battery and bottle drive. AGRIS Co-operative supported us by being a collection depot for our batteries and Battery Boy in Chatham was where we delivered the batteries for recycling. Through the battery and bottle drive we raised $703.90! The Essex-Kent Junior Farmers are donating $300 to Chatham-Kent Outreach for Hunger, $300 to Essex County Food Banks and the remaining $103.90 to the Provincial charity for 2021… the Do More Ag Foundation. Our SMV sign exchange has caught the attention of the Essex County Federation of Agriculture and they have agreed to sponsor us in hosting an exchange at one of the Peavey Mart stores in Essex County in the spring of 2022. This year, Essex-Kent is looking forward to having more in person meetings and socials again, along with working on recruiting new members.

Oxfords Outstanding Fall 2021

Oxfords Outstanding Fall 2021

In October, we hosted our second annual Ham Supper drive-thru fundraiser which turned out to be very successful.

This year with the pandemic still ongoing we decided the best idea to raise money to be given back to the community was the drive thru Ham Supper since it was a big success last year. It was once again a great success with most members helping plan, organize and run the event as well as a great response from the community who came out to support us. The night before the big event, a few members got together to fold the takeout boxes and get prepared for the next day. Almost all of our 33 members were involved in some way, during the evening from cooking the meals to help keep the vehicles moving. Overall, feedback from the community was again very positive. People were again impressed with the portion sizes and the speed with which we were able to keep vehicles moving through the line.  After a great evening of serving 400 Ham supper meals to the community, we were able to raise over $4000 that will be donated to local food banks across Oxford County. I definitely think that the club would hold the event again in the future as it was so successful this year. And it’s great to give back to those in need during this time.

“Trick-or-Canning” again this year on Halloween but instead of going door-to-door, we set up a booth outside a
local grocery store to collect non-perishable food items for local food banks. Club Reports December was fairly
busy for Oxford, starting with a joint skating social with Huron-Perth, Middlesex and Waterloo which showed a
good turnout, and a good time! We also participated in three community Christmas parades, one of which was
followed by a Christmas party to celebrate the end of the year. In January, we had our first meeting which was
held online. This was when we got to see the new executive in action! For our January club social, we got all
bundled up to go on a horse drawn sleigh ride on a members family farm with their team of horses and a neighbours sleigh and team of horses. It was a really great and warm day for it! In February, we are looking forward to an afternoon of Tubing at River Valley Tubing!

Stormont Glengarry Winter Activities

A tractor on a road

With everything still looking different in 2021, the Stormont Glengarry Junior Farmers decided to hold a Virtual Snow Ball Silent Auction on Facebook at the beginning of December. The club was overwhelmed by the support from the community through all the generous donations from local individuals and businesses – it would not have been such a success without them! Also, a big thank you to the community who bid on each of these items, allowing us to donate $3,000 to the Do More Agriculture Foundation! Another project we started to work on was magnets and stickers to handout to the community to promote Farm Road Safety. Our have obtained sponsorship to be able to hand these out free of charge at local events. We are all looking forward to getting back to some normalcy in 2022 and seeing fellow members at events throughout the year!

Wellington Busy Fall 2021

Wellington's Busy Fall!

Despite the ever changing restrictions, Wellington County Junior Farmers were able to stay connected over the fall and winter. Our annual Pumpkin Pajamarama was held at the Drayton Agricultural Society building. Everyone brought a pumpkin, pajamas, carving tools, a pumpkin related snack and their creativity. There were 10 people in attendance including current members, alumni and guests. We also held an ice cream booth fundraiser at the first ever Mapleton Harvest Festival and were able to donate $50 to the Drayton Foodbank as well as a selection of ice cream and popsicles to the Palmerston Hospital Foundation for our local health care workers. Finally, we had a club Thanksgiving potluck, cleaned up our adopted roadway, participated in the Drayton Christmas Parade and held a club Christmas party with great attendance at all! We look forward to the new year and hopefully continued in person interactions with members, alumni and the community!

Middlesex JF Fall Event

Middlesex JF

The Middlesex Junior Farmers had a busy fall season with many projects in the community. On October 2, we handed out chocolate milk to visitors at the Ilderton Fair as part of their agriculture awareness program. There was almost always a line at our table as kids and adults were excited to have the treat to enjoy. There were resources on the table with information and recipes that they could take home with them as well. Some people took the opportunity to ask questions about the animals they saw. We held our annual canned food drive at the Komoka Foodland on October 30. We collected 300 lbs of food and $387.52 that was split between the Ailsa Craig Foodbank and the Strathroy Salvation Army Foodbank. We finished our Who Let The Cows Out Program and donated $1310 to the Do More Ag Foundation. In November, our club wanted to do a dance night but in order to follow COVID restrictions, we decided that line dancing was a safe option. We found an instructor who was willing to come and teach our group. We invited members from Oxford, Huron Perth, and Essex Kent clubs to join us as well as other young people in our community. We learned line dances to classic songs such as Boot Scootin’ Boogie, Cotton Eyed Joe, and Good Time; as well as more pop songs such as Bad Habit, Poker Face, and Fancy Like. We had a great turnout of both Junior Farmer and non-Junior Farmer members with approximately 40 people attending. There were lots of laughs and smiles as we had not seen each other in person for a long time. We enjoyed dancing, beef on a bun, and hanging out late into the night. For Christmas, our club typically does a gift exchange amongst our members at our annual Christmas Party. This year we decided to collect toys and games to be donated to the Food Bank instead. Our club managed to collect approximately $500 worth of toys and our members enjoyed shopping for toys they thought that kids would enjoy. We also participated in the Ilderton Christmas parade with our float of cows pulling Santa’s sleigh.

2021 Ontario Young Farmers Forum Summary

2021 Ontario Young Farmers Forum East

The 2021 Ontario Young Farmers Forum (OYFF) included virtual and in-person sessions that followed current public health restrictions. The OYFF committee began planning in August and committee members included Karen De Bruyn, Jamie Schultz, Arin Douglas, Tina Wark, Nic Willemsma, and Christine Wyville. Special thanks to Meredith Mulligan for managing the social media posts. The OYFF virtual sessions consisted of a four-part speaker series that took place during the month of November. The first three sessions included presentations by industry representatives followed by virtual socials. The final session featured a discussion with a panel of young farmers from across Ontario and even one from Newfoundland, followed by a virtual social. The OYFF in-person sessions were comprised of an event held in Eastern Ontario and an event held in Western Ontario. These events allowed attendees to participate in two farm tours and come together for a catered lunch.

Autumn Profile – JFAO’s Amazing Race

Autumn Profile - JFAO's Amazing Race

On October 23rd 2021 Grey Country Junior Farmers Hosted 11 teams in the town of Meaford for Amazing Race Challenge. Throughout the town members of Grey County Junior Famers hosted mini challenges that each team traveled to by foot. At each event the teams where given their next clue to the location of their next event. Some of the mini challenges included Lawn Tractor Obstacles, Judging, Trivia, Puzzles, Truck Pull, Straw Games, Goofy Goggle Obstacles and many more. All week the weather was calling for snow, but we were very lucky to have a day of sun. The Amazing race event became the talk of the town very quickly and some locals even helped to guide teams to their next location. We were very pleased with the day, with only had one minor injury and only positive feedback. Later that evening club members were invited back to the Wyville residence for a night of music and social. As pre health protocols this event was held outside in a shop. The night was a little chilly but was fairly well attended. Overall, the Grey County Junior Farmers were very please with how the day went. It was a fun day to plan and to host. We would like to thank all the teams who attended.

Keeping The Flamingos Moving

Stormont-Glengarry Junior Farmers volleyball tournament

The Stormont-Glengarry Junior Farmers have been trying to keep busy despite the pandemic. We have been keeping the flamingos moving and did some 911 Farm sign installations. We also participated in a volleyball tournament to raise money for one of our local community centre’s (see attached picture).  We would also like to congratulate member, Maxime Quesnel and Hélène Lauzon on finally saying “I do”. We are thankful to finally be back to in-person meetings.