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Cambridge-area farms mark 150 years of history

Ontario 150 celebration signs delivered to six local farms

Ontario is celebrating farms with 150 years of history.

Last year, Ontario marked its 150th anniversary of joining the Canadian Confederation. As part of the celebration, farms in operation for 150 years were invited to apply for a free sign to mark their agricultural history and contribution to the province.

“As a rural resident in North Dumfries, I know how important agriculture is in our local economy, and across Ontario.  I thank all farmers for the hard work they do every do to put healthy food on tables across Ontario – and around the world. I encourage all recipients to proudly display their Ontario 150 farm sign,” said Kathryn McGarry, MPP Cambridge.

The Edgar, Donkers, Aitken, McQuiggin, Barrie, Beirnes, Gillespie and Schlichter farms are all receiving Ontario 150 Farm signs.

Agriculture has been a building block of our province for well beyond 150 years. Indigenous people, in what became the province of Ontario, have a history of growing and harvesting food for at least a millennium.

Today, Ontario’s agri-food sector is also one of the most diverse in the world and is home to nearly 50,000 farms that produce over 200 commodities.

The Ontario 150 Farm signs measure 16 inches wide by 9 inches high and are intended for outdoor display.

 

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