Grain Farmers of Ontario recently unveiled a new campaign to help tell the story of corn, soybeans, and wheat and the 28,000 farmers that grow them. The new campaign, Good In Every Grain aims to connect rural and urban people, with a focus on the good things these crops bring.
Good in Every Grain speaks to the good values farmers represent, the good work they do for the environment and their communities, and the good quality grain crops they grow. Beyond the farm gate, Good in Every Grain is about the good products created with corn, soybeans, and wheat, and the good contribution the grain industry makes to Ontarioâ€™s economy.
Corn, soybeans, and wheat combined contribute $9 billion in economic input, employ 40,000 people and cover over five million acres of farm land across Ontario. These grains have roots in our backyard; however, as more complex commodities the various uses of commercial grains are often unknown. The Good in Every Grain campaign is here to tell the story of these vital grains and the 28,000 Ontario farmers who grow them.
Visit http://www.www.goodineverygrain.ca to purchase merchandise, discover school and media resources, and ask grain-related questions. Follow @GoodinGrain and #ONGrain on Twitter and like Good in Every Grain on Facebook for great information on corn, soybeans, and wheat.
Good in Every Grain builds on the popular Farmers Feed Cities campaign, replacing it with a focus more in line with its founding organization, Grain Farmers of Ontario.
Spring has finally arrived and it looks like we might finally be able to enjoy some nice weather. This past week, the Grain Discovery Zone attended its first official event of the season at Steckle Heritage Farm in Kitchener. Students from Jean Steckle Elementary School came to the farm to learn about the legacy of Jean Steckle, their schoolâ€™s namesake. Children from kindergarten to grade 7 had the opportunity to meet the farm animals, see the apple blossoms, learn about the many vegetables that are grown on the farm and interact with the Grain Discovery Zone.
The Steckle Homestead has been in the family since 1833 and has seen a great deal of changes over the years. Originally a farm boasting several hundred acres, it is now surrounded by residential and industrial development. Jean Steckle purchased the homestead and 10 acres from her parents in 1978. 10 years later, Steckle established the farm as a non-profit organization and the farm has been open to the public as an education tool ever since.
The Grain Discovery Zone unveiled a new trivia game that proved to be an excellent learning tool for students and triggered many questions about grains and life on the farm during the busy summer months. The corn box was a highlight again and many children had the opportunity to learn about how much equipment corn, soybeans or wheat crops require from planting to harvesting.
Jean Steckle Week is just the beginning for the Grain Discovery Zone as the season starts to heat up. Next weekend, you can catch the Grain Discovery Zone at Country Heritage Park in Milton for their summer kick off! Donâ€™t forget to follow the Grain Discovery as it travels across Ontario by liking our Facebook page (www.facebook.com/discoveryzone). Weâ€™re also on Twitter- use the hashtag #DiscoveryZone to join the conversation. Check out our website http://www.gfo.ca for the complete list of events that Grain Discovery Zone will be attending!
Due to the late spring this year keeping farmers out in the field, Grain Farmers of Ontario will be hosting a series of Tractor Cab Town Halls during which farmers will be able to talk to candidates from their tractor cab. These Tractor Cab Town Halls are intended to help involve farmers in the election campaign.
The first Tractor Cab Telephone Town Hall will take place this Monday, June 2nd at 11:00 a.m. -11:45 a.m., with Ernie Hardeman. Hardeman is the MPP for Oxford County and is the critic for Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairsfor the Progressive Conservative party. The dates for the other Telephone Town Halls with other parties have not yet been scheduled.
We hope you will join us and encourage others to join us for this conference call, as it will be an opportunity to deliver GFOâ€™s priorities for the election and also an opportunity for you to hear directly from Ernie Hardeman about the Progressive Conservativeâ€™s priorities.
Dial-in numbers will be sent closer to the date. For more information, visit www.gfo.ca.
With Motherâ€™s Day just around the corner, Grain Farmers of Ontario Resident Chef Jonathan Goodyear joined host Bob Cowan on CHCH Morning Live, demonstrating great ways to spice up your Motherâ€™s Day dinner with Ontario grains. Chef Jonathan helped viewers step out of their comfort zone to impress Mom, spicing up dinner with appealing to her sweet tooth with Warm Caramelized Date and Vanilla Bean Pudding with Forty Creek Whisky Caramel. This recipe is a sweet, gooey, rich way that showcases how decadent grains can be!
Check out Chef Jonathan in action at http://www.chch.com/cooking-mom/, and find the full recipes for this hearty meal and delicious dessert.