Being surrounded by farms and agriculture means there are plenty of options for families to learn about food, how it is grown and where it comes from.
The Wellington County Museum hosts its Harvest Home Festival on Sunday. Demonstrations and hands on activities include: Threshing, blacksmithing, rope making, square dancing, quilting, wool processing and lace making. Local author and food activist Anita Stewart will be one of the special guests. There’s also entertainment and great food. Admission is $2.00 per person.
Also this Sunday, Everdale Organic Farm is hosting CarrotFest, which is a chance to explore this working farm and education centre and celebrate the harvest.
The International Plowing Match kicked off this week. This event, which is being held near Ayr this year, takes its mandate to educate people about food and farming seriously. The education component looks to be very well done, integrating local influences in the program. And who wouldn’t love to participate in a barn raising project?
Next Saturday is Rural Romp. This is one of our family’s favourite events. There are a number of farms to tour and we are looking forward to learning more about alpacas, honey bees, potatoes and family farms.
Townsend House, at the University of Guelph, offers selected tours of their beekeeping operations. If your kids haven’t had a school trip there, you could perhaps arrange a tour for a neighbourhood group, scout troupe or just some friends interested in learning more about bees and how to support them. They also have honey for sale (which is just about as local as you can get.)