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This goat participated in the Touch-aFarmer event at Dalkeith...Plus on October 3. Photo: Barbara Lehtiniemi.

A properly distanced Touch-a-Farmer event in Dalkeith

Saturday, October 3 was “Touch-a-Farmer” day at Dalkeith…Plus!

The event was meant to connect farmers and non-farm residents of the local community.

Everything was agricultural themed.  Outdoors, there were displays of farm machinery, activities, animals and, of course, visitors could talk with farmers!

Helene Lefebvre from “Facemasks for Food” had chosen fabric depicting farming activities for some of her masks.

Gina Dragone and her daughter displayed organic farming family pictures showing children collecting vegetables from the garden.

Bev MacLennan from Apple Hill demonstrated the usefulness of antique tools.  He made rope, peeled an apple, pulled the kernels off a dry cob and then ground them.

Rochelle Anderson from Finch & Thistle Farm in Dalkeith talked about various grapes (fresh, jellies and wines) and haskap berries.  She had two grinders for wheat.

Finbarr McCarthy represented Springfield Farm in Apple Hill which offers a farming experience where guests can stay overnight in a yurt tent.

The Rare Breeds table showed various fleece samples and rare breed publication.

Other stands included the Ontario Federation of Agriculture and Glengarry Federation of Agriculture representatives, SD&G with South Nation Conservation Authority.

Everything was set up to carefully ensure physical distancing and limited numbers of people in the same place.  Inside, arrows guided visitors around a one-way route of displays on various types of farming, agricultural laws, policies, land ownership, resource management, and history.  Videos were provided by Claire Lavallée featuring Justin Reeves, Reto Gantenbein, and Kurt MacSweyn.  There was also a collection of barn pictures and paintings and animal husbandry literature.

Dalkeith…Plus! President Brenda Noble thanked all exhibitors, vendors, and people who loaned their equipment for Touch-a-Farmer.

Dalkeith…Plus! is the community library and activity space in Dalkeith.  It is located on County Road 23 at the north end of Dalkeith.

A team of horses trotted through Touch-a-Farmer. Photo: Barbara Lehtiniemi.
It was a cool day, but these wooly sheep kept warm. Photo: Barbara Lehtiniemi.
Outdoors at Touch-a-Farmer at Dalkeith…Plus! Photo: Barbara Lehtiniemi.
BL_OC0720_DK+Indoors—An indoor display at Touch-a-Farmer. Photo: Barbara Lehtiniemi.

James Morgan

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