Halton’s 35th Annual Farm Tour – showcasing farming diversity

farmtour1Halton Region is home to an active and vibrant farming industry that includes a wide range of farming types, including livestock operations, cash crops, fruit and vegetable growers, horse farms, nurseries and more. Halton is committed to preserving this vibrant sector by working with community partners to support the sustainability of agriculture and food industries locally.

As part of our commitment to preserving this vibrant sector, the Halton Agricultural Advisory Committee (HAAC) hosted the 35th Annual Halton Farm & Food Tour.

The Tour showcases farm operations within the region and provides attendees with the opportunity to learn about Halton’s agricultural sector and see first-hand some of the challenges facing the farming industry. This year, attendees visited three unique agricultural businesses and learned about their farming operations.

  • Mabel May’s farm in Burlington is a diverse farming operation. The farm is involved in quality forage production and services an extensive list of equine clients. They are also involved in innovative farming practices such as biomass production, a renewable energy source. They raise chickens, duck, lamb, grass fed beef and heritage pork, which are available for purchase at their on-farm shop.
  • Terre Bleu is the largest lavender farm in Ontario and offers an extensive list of products, all made with lavender from the farm. This farm is unique as all of their promotion is exclusively done through social media – specifically Facebook. In fact, Facebook for Business International wrote a front-page case-study about their outstanding success.
  • J.P. Saliba Market Gardening Inc. in Halton Hills is a commercial vegetable farm specializing in broccoli, cauliflower and cabbage. Their farming operation has a long standing history of selling products at the Ontario Food Terminal – the largest wholesale fruit and produce distribution centre in Canada. They also currently sell their produce to Bay Shore vegetable shippers in Burlington.

farmtour2Participants of the tour included representatives from Regional and Local Councils, as well as regional staff. Attendees had the opportunity to meet and hear from agricultural leaders, ask questions and learn about common misconceptions about the industry.

This important event reminds us that as a region we need to continue to support our agricultural neighbours. They provide us, and the communities around us, with food to eat and jobs within the region. Halton’s agriculture industry helps to keep our community a great place to live, work, raise a family and retire.

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