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Over the Pond to Northern Ireland

Over the Pond to Northern Ireland

Sarah Teefy Prince Edward County

Every year several rural youth from around the province pack their bags and embark on an adventure of a lifetime, around the world. This is all a part of the Junior Farmer experience. The Junior Farmers’ Association of Ontario organizes international exchanges for its members each year to provide opportunities to learn and experience agriculture in another country. Members must apply and be chosen to be a representative for their country on this worldly tour and this year, Sarah Teefy of Ramara, Ontario was chosen to travel to Northern Ireland.

Through this exchange program, Sarah will be jetting off to Northern Ireland for a 3-week duration, where she will be staying with host families associated with the Northern Ireland Young Farmers Club. While on this exchange, she will be taking in the sights of the country side, learning of the rural lifestyle and experiencing local farming practices.

Sarah grew up on a dairy farm in Sunderland, ON. She then attended school at Laurentian University to study Kinesiology. She currently works in healthcare, but has continued to be a member of the Junior Farmers’ Association for more than 6 years. She has participated in various community involvement activities over the years and this year volunteering for the provincial organization as the Executive Director of Membership.

The Junior Farmers’ Association of Ontario is a rural youth organization, run for youth by youth, between the ages of 15 and 30. Though we are called the “Junior Farmers’”, many of our members are not farmers, but simply have a shared interest in agriculture and the rural lifestyle. Our moto is to build future rural leaders, through self-help and community betterment. The Junior Farmers’ provides leadership opportunities in many ways, with its’ International Exchange Program being just one.


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