Farm & Food Care would like you to join us for a day on the farm!
All Registered Dietitians and dietetic students are invited to join us for this unique opportunity to learn more about farming in Ontario. There is no charge to participate but space is limited to 45 attendees.
Our coach bus will leave from the Hamilton area about 8:30 a.m. bound for a full day’s tour, returning at about 5 p.m.
Highlights will include:
Pelissero egg farm (St. Ann’s)
Roger Pelissero and his family operate an egg farm in Niagara Region. They take care of 16,000 laying hens that lay about 9,000 dozen eggs per week.
Roger raises his hens in an enriched environment, where housing systems are furnished with items like dust baths, nesting boxes and perches. While space is limited, each unit houses the number of birds that mimics natural groupings and with mesh floors, their waste falls away, keeping the birds and eggs clean. It’s a practical, clean and modern system. You will see both the barns and the egg collection facility.
Taste of Ontario lunch
Cranston family dairy cow farm (Ancaster)
This Ancaster farm has been in the Cranston family since 1955 and is now run by Doug and Joan Cranston and their son James. Their beautiful, modern, free stall style barn is home to 80 milking cows. The family also runs a large sweet corn business in the summer. In 1995, Doug and Joan Cranston were winners of the Outstanding Young Farmers of Canada award.
The day will also begin with a tail-gate party and will feature lots of extras along the way including the chance to meet with local farmers who are passionate about what they do, win door prizes and learn more about food and farming in Ontario