DURHAM: With Canada celebrating its 150th birthday this year, Durham Farm Connections, the educational committee of the DRFA, wanted to mark the occasion with a special legacy project. The 'Durham Region Farm Families Wanted' project was established with the hopes of identifying farm families, who have been continuously farming in Canada since confederation, but now farm in Durham Region. The legacy of these families has influenced Durham’s economic and community history for over 150 years.
The task of seeking out Durham’s farm families began in May of this year, and since that time, 73 families have met the established criteria of a Canadian Farm Family. The Durham Farm Connections goal, was to identify at least 65 farm families before our deadline of August 31st. The Committee now believes they may be able to identify 100 farm families.
The project’s research intern, Melissa Leger, recently stated, “There has been a tremendous response from farm families interested in our heritage project. It is really fantastic to see how involved the community has become in the project’s support and growth.”
The families will be honoured at the Durham Farm Connections 'Celebrate Agriculture Gala', held on October 26th in Port Perry. The families will be given a special gate sign, marking 150 years of farming in Canada. Last year’s gala was a sell-out, and this year, with this special tribute to our agricultural heritage, as well as recognizing our present agricultural excellence through our regular award program, the Committee’s 150th legacy project will be complete. The Committee does not want to miss anyone, so please help us track down all those hard-working families who are still farming in Durham today.
To find out more about the project and the Celebrate Agriculture Gala, visit us at durhamfarmconnections.ca.
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