Grey Busy Summer With Ag Adventure

Grey JF Ag Adventure

Grey has been busy this summer with our Ag Adventure which went over really well.

We enjoyed seeing all of the pictures that everyone submitted!

We have been enjoying having in person meetings again and are looking forward to more in-person events! We were proud to be apart of the Markdale Virtual Calf Show & the Rocklyn 4H Calf Show this year as well.

We were also happy to bartend at an alumni’s wedding!

Huron Perth JF Embraced Warm Weather

Huron Perth roadside cleanup

Huron Perth honeyOver the summer, Huron Perth Junior Farmers embraced the warm weather and toured the counties. In June, we were able to do our annual roadside cleanup on a portion of Road119 outside of Stratford, followed by an ice cream social. In July, we helped out at Lucknow’s Ag Society Movie Night with helping to park cars, and were able to enjoy the movie afterwards. August was a big month, touring Koskamp Family Farms near Stratford, to learn about milking Water Buffalo and their biogas operations. We followed the tour by canoeing and kayaking down the Thames River in St. Mary’s with some members from Waterloo JF, Oxford JF, and alumni. We ended August by holding a mini-golf tournament at Point Farms near Goderich. In September, we got to learn more about honey bees and help process some honey from one of our member’s hives(Sam Knechtel).

Renfrew Staying Connected This Summer

stay connected this summer
Renfrew has been doing our best to interact and stay connected this summer. We kicked off the summer by hosting our second ever spring and third consecutive curbside bottle drive. Seeing as we had organized a bottle drive the previous December we were not expecting the amount of donations we received. After a couple days of sorting we returned over 13,000 cans, a LOT of bottles and we raised a total of $3,054 for the Bernadette McCann House, a local women’s support center. This was our biggest bottle drive to date and we couldn’t have been happier to donate the funds to such a great local organization. We hosted our first in person social event in July and had a great time playing radio bingo and eating smores together. Being able to do more things in person led to us volunteering with the Cobden Fair during their one day event that included a trivia tour, BBQ and entertainment. Everyone also enjoyed being able to go to some local fairs that held COVID adapted events including Shawville and Renfrew Fair. Closing out summer and leading into fall we hosted an East Zone social of Cow Patty Golf. After a bit of a rain delay members from Renfrew, Carleton, Stormont-Glengarry and a couple alumni enjoyed a hilarious afternoon of golf at the Schultz backyard country club. Some items that became favourites for golf were a shovel, baseball bat, hurling stick and a paddle. The day finished with a great BBQ and catching up with people we hadn’t seen in a very long time. As the leaves continue to change and fair season comes to an end, we’ll start to plan some other club socials and work on plans for our winter bottle drive hoping we have a big enough trailer to haul all of the donations.

Keep the Cows Moooving

Keep the Cows Moooving

Things have been busy in Carleton throughout the summer months and into the beginning of fall. Our main initiative was to “Keep the Cows Moooving!” to raise funds for a local family who suffered a devastating barn fire earlier this year. We were blown away by the support of our community and far surpassed our goal. Check out our Facebook page to see all the lawns our cows were grazing on! Each year our club offers a scholar award to a student attending a post-secondary institution in the fall semester in a program related to agriculture. This year’s scholar award committee received applications from across the province and were happy to present this year’s award to Jasmine Uhr. We also cleaned our adopted roadway in June and plan to do so again this October. Our members have volunteered at local fairs throughout the past two months and were able to get together for a fun softball and pizza social in August!

In Person Meetings In Oxford

in person meetings in Oxford

Oxford Junior Farmers is happy to have been able to have a variety of in person event again. We enjoy being together as a group and being able to meet in person again. We have had some in person meetings and events including soccer baseball, a barbecue, and a fundraiser at the Oxford Drive In. We look forward to more meetings and events for the remainder of the year!

Summer Fun with Middlesex JF

Middlesex JF summer 2021

The Middlesex Junior Farmers were excited to get back to in person events and have some fun during the month of August. On Sunday, August 15, we enjoyed brunch together on a member’s lovely deck as we had our monthly meeting. Following this, we headed off in teams for our annual car rally. This year, the car rally travelled through parts of Huron, Middlesex, Perth and Oxford counties. There were the typical questions involving searching for someone in a cemetery, counting OFA signs, identifying crop varieties, taking a picture with a stranger and reading different signs along the way. A highlight was visiting a mini chapel outside of Kintore where you could go inside, albeit it only fit a couple people, check it out and sign the guest book. We had 3 teams take part and the winning team of Will, Hadley and Christena had both the fastest time and a perfect score. The day was topped off with a trip for ice cream at Hern’s in St. Mary’s. The next weekend, our club headed out on the water. We explored the Grand River on our turbo tubes near Paris. Our group of 15 had a great time floating down the river and visiting with each other. There were some parts where the river went faster and some where we had to paddle. Whenever we got hot, we would set our tubes up on the bank and enjoy a swim. We had a great adventure and highly recommend Grand River Rafting to other clubs in the area.

This summer, we also wrapped up our Who Let The Cows Out fundraiser and are happy to report we raised $1300. The community had a lot of fun sending the cows to each other and trying to decide where to send them next. We are looking forward to supporting the Do More Ag Foundation and a local charity with the money raised.

JFAO’s Online Auction for Do More Ag

This summer, JFAO held its first online charity auction to raise money for this year’s provincial charity, The Do More Ag Foundation. The auction was run by Middlesex JF member Will Johnson and his business, W.J. Auctions. Clubs were asked to donate 3 lots to be auctioned off. We had a great variety of items including baked goods, gift certificates, baskets of local products, personalized butter tarts, and customized products made by our members. The top lot was a set of customized cornhole boards. The auction opened for bidding on June 27 and closed July 8. Once the auction had closed, many members helped pick up and drop off the donations. It was a successful auction with $2330 raised. Thank you to W.J. Auctions for hosting the auction and donating their services to JFAO. Thank you to everyone who supported the auction and helped move the items around the province to where they needed to go

Durham West tackles a can, bottle & battery drive

Durham West tackles a can, bottle & battery drive

Durham West tackles a can, bottle & battery driveDurham West is continuing to be very busy! All our members are looking forward to the re-opening of the province, which means more opportunities for our club! We continue to have virtual meetings, and planning is under way for hopeful summertime socials. Our Can/Bottle/Battery drive has happened, and we will have totals shortly. Durham West wishes to thank everyone in the community who donated cans, bottles, and batteries, this fundraiser is always quite successful, and Durham West looks forward to many more like these. Our roadside clean up is planned for June 19th at 11am. Last year we covered a road within the Township of Scugog and we were quite successful with five bags of garbage, two bags of beer cans, and two tires. Members of the club are looking forward to this project/social. Durham West wishes everyone a safe and happy summer, and hopefully we will all be able to visit again soon! Stay tuned to the Durham West Junior Farmers Facebook page and Instagram page for updates on our club!

By: Meghan McLeod

Middlesex Makes a Moove with Mental Health

Middlesex Makes a Moove with Mental Health

Middlesex Makes a Moove with Mental HealthWith the start of a new year, comes the promise of new beginnings and opportunities. However, with the start of 2021 came more lockdowns and restrictions for everyone throughout the province. In hopes of lifting everyone’s spirits, the Middlesex Junior Farmers launched an exciting new campaign, the Mental Health ‘Moovement’. During the month of April, our members challenged other Junior Farmer members, friends, family and alumni to ‘Lift their Moods’ through a lifting challenge. There is a correlation between mental health and physical health, and doing exercise can improve one’s mood. Once challenged, people were asked to do 10 lifting reps with any object that they could find. Everyone had fun being creative with their challenge as many were seen lifting pets, kids, tires, ladders and many other interesting household items. Check out #MentalHealthMoovement and #MiddlesexJF to see everyone’s submissions! The Middlesex Junior Farmers have more exciting initiatives coming soon, so stay tuned to learn more!

By Katelyn O’Neil

North Simcoe’s Annual Road Clean-Up

North Simcoe's Annual Road Clean-Up

Saturday May 29th was a beautiful sunny day for North Simcoe’s annual road clean-up. We had a great turn out with 13 members in attendance. We were able to collect 2 truckloads of garbage, including over 200 beer/ liquor cans on our small 5km stretch of adopted road. Special shout out to our President Alex Spence for his great “Dad” outfit. By Adrianna McGinnis