Crops at University of Guelph Ridgetown campus. July 5, 2017. (Photo by Sarah Cowan Blackburn News Chatham-Kent).

International Farming Delegates Tour CK And Windsor

Delegates from farming associations across the world will be making a special visit to Chatham-Kent and Windsor areas this week.

Coordinator of Essex-Kent Junior Farmers Brian Sterling says the annual tour is an opportunity for farmers around the world to learn new techniques. According to Sterling, eight delegates from Young Farmers associations in the United Kingdom and Europe will be visiting.

“They’re actually moving around within the province to all the local Junior Farmers clubs to just get an idea of how we live around here and how we go about our farming… just to kinda have an opportunity to see a different part of the world,” explains Sterling.

Sterling says just some of the many stops on the tour include visits to greenhouses, orchards, horse farms, Mitchell’s Bay crop fields, Ridgetown safety day, and Point Pelee farms.

Sterling expects the delegates to be most interested in trips to crop fields.

“How we grow the vegetables down here, whether it be outdoors, outdoors under plastic, or in greenhouses… they really think of it as something different. It’s not something that they see where they’re from or any parts that they’ve visited in the province,” says Sterling.

According to Sterling, Junior Farmers Associations of Ontario works in partnership with international Young Farmers associations to organize yearly educational exchanges and tours.