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!
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!
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.
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 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
With 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
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
For the past 3 years, pretty pink flamingos have travelled the lawns of Stormont, Glengarry and surrounding areas. On their journey around the countryside they raise funds for a graduating high school student. The Stormont-Glengarry Junior Farmers call these colourful birds the Flamingo project. With the funds raised we are proud to offer a bursary to a graduate that embraces the JFAO motto “Self Help and Community Betterment” and; our Mission as Junior Farmers “to build future rural leaders through self-help and community betterment.” This project brings joy and laughter during hard times to the people that get “flocked” and financial support to a hard working graduate. By: Courtney Courville
On Monday, May 24 our Pigs found their way out of the barn and onto the lawn of a few farmers in Huron and Perth County. They have been making their way around again and visiting lots of different farms on the way. Many people have been loving them and enjoying sending them off to neighbors, friends and family. The pigs went over so well last year that the club decided it would be a great idea to do it again this time a little sooner when everyone is a little bit more available to help with the moving of them. We have decided that we are wanting to donate to the Food Bank again this year and any other money we are hoping to send to mental health initiatives in the area. The pigs will be moving over the course of the month or so until they make it back home but until then keep your eyes open in Huron and Perth for the pigs and where they have decided to sit for the month.
By Lauren Bos