Learn About Agriculture

You may not be able to go on a farm tour right now, we have put together a list of posts, videos and workshops about agriculture, and local food you can enjoy from the comfort of your own home. Whether you are looking for an addition to kids’ online school curriculum or just want to dig deeper into learning about local food, read on and explore what local farms and organizations are offering.

boy holding chickensMapletwiss Farm, Wellington North

Fun Facts and Farm Chats

This new educational series aims to bring kids closer to the farm and learn where their food comes from. Young farmer Colton takes viewers on a tour to meet various farm animals, including cattle, chickens, pigs and more. Go on a virtual field trip and enjoy a farm experience from your home.

www.mapletwissfarm.com

family of three infront of tractor

The Pfisterer Farm, Wellington North

Farm School
Join Farmer Jess of the Pfisterer Farm to learn about farming and growing food. View their series of free educational videos on topics such as tractors, baby animals, hay and straw, eggs, churning butter and many more.

Family Day Fun
To replace their Family Day on farm event, Pfisterer farm has created an action packed Local Farm and Food Adventure Guide! Take a tour of local food right at home and fill your family day weekend making memories.

www.pfistererfarm.com

Ag Societies

Agriculture Societies across Wellington County host their annual fall fairs to celebrate our agricultural heritage, present and future and provide educational opportunities for the public.

While fall fairs had to be cancelled in 2020, many have spared no efforts to move online.

Arthur Ag Society logoArthur Fall Fair
Check out their excellent series of Ag Educations videos and make sure to check out the great photos of their parade and quilt crawl on their facebook page.

Fergus Fall Fair logoFergus Fall Fair
Last year would have marked the 184th Fergus Fall Fair, one of the oldest running agricultural fairs in Ontario. Instead they were celebrating the Fair with a virtual online experience: CARRY ON THRU COVID! Check out instructional and entertaining photos and videos on a variety of Fair topics all related to agriculture, fall harvest and community spirit. www.fergusfallfair.ca

College Royal logoCollege Royal Virtual Open House, University of Guelph – March 20-21

College Royal is the largest university open house event of its kind in North America. Each March since 1925, the University of Guelph opens its doors to the general public in a campus-wide open house that attracts thousands of visitors every year.

This year’s Open House weekend will consist of both live and pre-recorded events! This includes CR classics including Old Mac's New Farm, lovely Livestock Shows, our family-favourite Dog Show, purr-fect Cat Show, and annual Art Show! Come check out Kid's Corner for this year's colouring contest and more!

Learn more about their Open House Weekend.

Farming Blog

One of the best ways to learn about life on the farm is to follow a local farmer on social media. Find local farms here [link to TR list]. Popular farm blogger Tim May calls Wellington County his home and his heartfelt description of life on the farm, including its joys, challenges, and opportunities resonates with farmers and non-farmers alike.

See Farmer Tim’s Facebook Page.

Canada 4 H logoWellington 4-H Association

For over a century, 4-H Ontario has built youth into leaders in their communities and positive contributors to the world. With roots in rural Ontario, today 4-H Ontario is open to all youth, of all backgrounds, across the province.

4-H brings together youth aged 6-21 and passionate, engaged volunteer leaders to learn about selected topics through fun, hands-on activities and mentorship.

Join a local 4 H club and learn more.

Other Resources

AgScape logoAgScape

As the voice of Agriculture in the Classroom Ontario, AgScape provides factual, balanced, curriculum-linked food literacy programs and resources to Ontario's educators and students.

Visit their website www.agscape.ca

In the News

TVOKids is hosting 'Gabby's Farm', an educational children's show featuring 6 year old host Gabby, as she introduces children to life on the farm. Gabby's farm is located near Eden Mills ON, and she walks viewers through her every day chores, farm tours, and visits the farm animals. Gabby was also spotted visiting some local farms in Wellington County including, Strom’s Farm & Bakery, Mapletwiss Farm, Heartwood Farm & Cidery, River’s Edge Goat and Dairy and Elliot Tree Farm. Aiming to raise awareness and spread knowledge to a pre-school audience, Gabby's Farm is a great way for others to explore local farms, food experiences, and learn about agriculture in a safe, fun and engaging manner. 

Read the Full Guelph Today article here to learn more about Gabby's Farm! 

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