CFFO: Agri-Day, Change Brings Opportunity

By Paul Bootsma

The Christian Farmers Federation of Ontario has established a new event on its yearly calendar.

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Our former annual convention and banquet has been replaced with the CFFO Agri-Day. This year it will be held on Tuesday, October 17, at the Country Heritage Park, formally known as the Ag Museum, in Milton.

If you have always intended to visit the Country Heritage Park but haven’t done so yet, this is your opportunity to join CFFO members to tour this special place. In honour of Canada’s sesquicentennial, this year’s Agri-Day is all about celebrating 150 years of farming in Ontario. The morning’s events will include a guided tour of the Country Heritage Park, followed by a lunch with plenty of time for fellowship and connecting with CFFO friends, partners and sponsors.

The afternoon session will focus on agriculture today and its future. The CFFO will welcome two exciting and enjoyable speakers. Sarah Rotz, who has a PhD in the political ecology of food systems, will speak on the current role that different food systems can play in both mitigating and reproducing social and environmental injustice.

Our second speaker, Greg Peterson, works on the family farm in Kansas. In 2012, Greg founded the Peterson Farm Brothers, which has produced parody song videos about farming that have reached over 45 million people. His talk, entitled “I’m Farming and God Grows It,” will be about faithful agricultural advocacy.

The CFFO Agri-Day is open to all members and friends of the Christian Farmers Federation of Ontario. You can register by visiting our website at www.christianfarmers.org. CFFO staff and executive board are anticipating a full day of activity for all those who attend.

In recognition of our many members across Ontario, this is an opportunity to host an annual event in various locations in the province. We’ll be highlighting ag-related businesses and activities and our guests will enjoy new sites, new ag information, and new opportunities to see special parts of our province. This event will give our districts the opportunity to showcase their area and what is unique to it.

The new annual CFFO Agri-Day is a great example of the opportunity that change brings. As the CFFO looks to the future to continue to represent its 4000 farming families, federation events also need to reflect our members’ interests. That’s what the Agri-Day is all about: our members. So, register at www.christianfarmers.org for the CFFO Agri-Day on Tuesday, October 17, at the Country Heritage Park. See you there.

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Paul Bootsma is Field Service Manager for the Christian Farmers Federation of Ontario. The CFFO Commentary represents the opinions of the writer and does not necessarily represent CFFO policy. The CFFO Commentary is heard weekly on CFCO Chatham, CKXFM Chatham, CKNX Wingham, and UCB Canada radio stations in Chatham, Belleville, Bancroft, Brockville and Kingston. It is also archived on the CFFO website, www.christianfarmers.org. CFFO is supported by 4,000 family farmers across Ontario.