Virtual Food & Farm Field Trips

Farm & Food Care Ontario, in partnership with AgScape and Six by Sixteen, brings you series of virtual field trips and the opportunity to learn more about food & farming in Ontario. LIVE events will be streamed to Farm & Food Care Ontario's YouTube and Facebook channels and will run approximately 30-40 minutes in length. Viewers can tune in and ask their questions in the comments!

Local Food Week Field Trips

Local Food Week (planned for June 7-13, 2021) is a celebration of the fresh, healthy food grown, produced, and processed right here in Ontario. Celebrate with us by tuning in to five field trips to local farms happening all week long at 1:30 p.m.

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Tom Heeman and Susan Judd

 June 7, 2021 @ 1:30 p.m EST

Heeman’s Strawberry Farm

We’re kicking off Local Food Week with many Ontarians’ favourite summer fruit - strawberries! Join us for a trip to Heeman’s; a family-run strawberry farm, cidery, greenhouse and garden centre. They grow over 50 acres of strawberries which are available from June through October. Here you’ll meet Susan and Tom, who grew up on berry farms and now play many different roles in the family business and local community.

Shep Ysselstein

 June 8, 2021 @ 1:30 p.m EST

Gunn's Hill Artisan Cheese

Meet Shep! The owner and head cheesemaker at Gunn's Hill Artisan Cheese. Shep's journey to becoming a skilled cheese maker began on the family dairy farm where he not only loved dairy farming but all the delicious products that come from dairy. After he completed university, where he received a degree in business, Shep had numerous opportunities to study and make cheese in the United States, British Columbia and most recently Switzerland. It was during these ventures that he developed his passion and skill set for cheese making.

Shaunna MacQuarrie

 June 9, 2021 @ 1:30 p.m EST

Beekeeper 
In this tour, meet AgScape's very own Project Assistant, Ontario Certified Teacher and beekeeper, Shaunna MacQuarrie along with husband, Beekeeper Ken. Beekeeper Shaunna and Ken, along with their children, care for over 30 honeybee colonies, sell honey and beeswax products locally and speak regularly to groups about both native bees and honeybees, pollination and caring for the environment.

Shady Creek Lamb Co.

 June 10, 2021 @ 1:30 p.m EST

Shady Creek Lamb Co. - Sheep Farm 

Chris and Lyndsey operate their family-run sheep farm in the Ottawa Valley. These sheep farmers are passionate about raising quality pasture, healthy animals and nurturing resilient soil. In the spring, summer, and fall their sheep graze on pasture, in the trees, and along rocky outcrops of the Canadian Shield and under solar panels! Join us on June 10 at 1:30 p.m. and ask them your questions about how they care for their animals and their land.

Josh Dreise

 June 11, 2021 @ 1:30 p.m EST

Potato Farmer
Meet Josh! Josh grew up on his family farm near Chatham, ON, where they grow corn, wheat and soybeans. Josh studied agriculture at the University of Guelph and later moved to Prince Edward Island for three years to farm potatoes. Now that he is back in Ontario, Josh is working as a Certified Crop Advisor (kind of like a personal trainer for crops!) and started growing potatoes on his own farm. Tune in Friday, June 11 at 1:30 p.m. to celebrate Local Food Week and learn about how spuds are grown in Ontario!

Previous Field Trips

Emily Franken

 June 1, 2021 

Dairy Goat Farm
Join us for a virtual field trip to a dairy goat farm! Here, you’ll meet Emily, a recent graduate from the University of Guelph and herd manager at her family farm Frankhaven Dairy Goats. Her family started the farm in 1999 with 23 milking 'does' (female goats) and now have 700! Emily’s main focus on the farm is caring for the young goats, known as ‘kids’ and improving the health of the herd.

Arielle & Ralph DeBoer

May 25, 2021 

Cut Flower Greenhouse 
Meet Arielle and Ralph as they take us on a tour through their flower greenhouse. Arielle's parents started Rosa Flora in 1978, so she's been a flower farmer for nearly her entire life! They initially specialized in hybrid tea roses, but now Arielle and her husband Ralph have grown the farm to include gerbera daisies, snapdragons, lisianthus and garden roses in over 40 acres of greenhouses! They look forward to showing a slice of life in a cut flower greenhouse from seed to shipping.

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Cassi Brunsveld

April 27, 2021

Organic Dairy Farm

Meet Cassi, a teacher, 3rd generation farmer and AgScape's very own Program Assistant. Cassi runs an organic dairy cattle farm with her husband in Waterloo Region.

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