Every year, the Kent Federation of Agriculture (KFA) hosts a ‘Round the County Agri-Tour.” This year, the event is on Sunday, Sept. 7 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
This is a free self-guided driving tour through the Ridgetown area.
Here are the various stops for that day.
Zubler Dairy Farm, 20020 Kenesserie Road, Ridgetown
With an assortment of crops, hayfields and big beautiful cows of various breeds and ages grazing around the farm yard, our farm looks like a modernized version of a “good old-fashioned family farm” – and indeed it is!
All you ever wanted to know about an organic dairy farm, and then some! There will also be an inspiring wildlife habitat project presented by our Conservation Authority – good hiking shoes recommended.”
Lower Thames Valley Conservation restoration wetland site, 19985 Kenesserie Road, Ridgetown
The Greening Partnership and the Lower Thames Valley Conservation Authority are pleased to be part of this year’s tour featuring Rudy Zubler’s Wetland Restoration Project. An information kiosk will be set up near the wetland complex to field questions and inform landowners of incentives to accomplish many types of restoration projects. You will be able to experience the wetland and its features first hand, ask questions, take photos, etc.
Crazy Eight Barn, 14226 Talbot Trail, Palmyra
This rare octagon barn was first constructed in the late 1890s. In 2003, it was dismantled and in 2011 reconstruction began at the former general store location in Palmyra. The barn is now a four-season building, fully insulated with geo-thermal heating, but still with the historic timber frame showing.
When you come to the Crazy Eight Barn, you will be overwhelmed with the essence of the original barn and the combination of the new uniquely crafted curved staircase, rough cut hardwood floor and café counters created from old farmhouse doors.
AGRIS Co-op Drone Demonstration- Aerial View, 13370 Gosnell Line, Ridgetown
AGRIS Co-op would like to invite you to join us at Mark DeBrouwer’s farm for a demonstration of the UAV (unmanned aerial vehicle) or DRONE, where you will get an aerial view of crop conditions.
As well, we will travel over fields to observe the growing crop for stresses, crop development and nutrient deficiencies.
Dupont Pioneer Production Plant, 20956 Victoria Road, Ridgetown
At this site the team works on seed corn harvest operations including ear corn drying, bulk seed storage, as well as packaging and warehousing. During the visit it is possible that you could see seed corn harvest processing in action depending on our harvest start date. It’s great to see what is happening now but we want to help you better understand the entire production process, from planting an inbred to shipping packaged corn hybrids to our growers.
We will have experts on hand to walk you through the process and answer all your seed production questions.
If you want a copy of the map for this event, here is the link: http://www.ofa.on.ca/about/county-federation-sites/kent/event/Round-the-County-Ag-Tour.aspx
Why not enjoy some of the agriculture going on here in Chatham-Kent? Bring your kids or grandkids along so they can learn more about this fascinating sector.
Think about this – God’s Word is a compass that keeps us on course.
Just some food for thought.
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Kim Cooper has been involved in the agribusiness sector for over 40 years. He can be reached at: firstname.lastname@example.org
You can also follow him on Twitter at ‘theAGguy’