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

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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.

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.

Grey’s Ag Adventure

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Grey County JF is very excited to tell you about Grey’s Ag Adventure that is running from July 17th – August 28th, 2021! This is a county wide agricultural based scavenger hunt. Travel around our beautiful county to find the information signs about many different crops and different types of animal productions within Grey’s borders. Don’t miss out on the local treats that we have along the way or your chance to win some awesome prizes for participating! Everyone is welcome and we look forward to seeing your pictures on social media! Download your passport to stamp and find the map for hunt at the following links.

Passport: https://drive.google.com/file/d/1MUGj8-W623Lf0VBO24VSHE68rTKo_7JF/view?usp=sharing

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Grey’s Ag Adventure Passport.pdf

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Map: https://www.google.ca/maps/@44.378311,-81.0058757,10z/data=!3m1!4b1!4m2!6m1!1s1Cpl9Fk3ie-H_anxFtz_1Z7stINdMQNZp?hl=en&authuser=0

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Financials In A Junior Farmer Club

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On Wednesday, June 9, JFAO members were invited to attend a bookkeeping and financials presentation by one of our sponsors, MNP. The presentation was held over Zoom with members tuning in from across the province. Jolande Oudshoorn, a member of Huron-Perth JF led the workshop along with her co-worker at MNP Susan McKinnon. Topics covered included bookkeeping, managing petty cash, the role of a treasurer in a club, and giving a report at a club meeting. It was an informative presentation with the members in attendance having the chance to ask questions at the end. It was recorded and is available for any members that are interested and were unable to attend. We would like to thank Jolande and Susan for giving us the opportunity to learn more about financials in a Junior Farmer club.

By Kylie O’Neil