The next generation of farmers, ages nine to 16, will hone their skills plowing the field surrounding the gardens. Some will earn their required plowing points in preparation for competition at the International Plowing Match (IPM) to be held Sept. 20-24, near Harriston. Others will just be practising. An IPM steward/judge will be on hand that day to assist. Snobelen Farms will be providing a tailgate lunch for participants as they power up for the day's events.
The Bruce County Plowmen's Association welcomes new members. Previous experience or knowledge is not necessary and although the Junior Plowing Club is geared toward youth, ages nine to 16, organizers encourage all ages from anywhere to join and learn. (This particular event is by invitation-only for participants.)
In efforts to increase awareness and appreciation of the developing skills of these young people, food gardens executive director Lynne Taylor is planning a special value-added activity for the participants in the popular award winning Huron-Kinloss Ice Cream Trail.
"Although we will be offering a special take-home activity, we feel the real value-add is the opportunity to watch close up how farm plowing is done and the precision it requires," says Taylor, "not to mention the support it gives these inspiring young people. An experienced plowman makes it look simple but it isn't as easy as jumping on a tractor and driving!"
Fifteen to 20 youth are expected to take part in the day's judged event with the 2015-16 Queen of the Furrow, Serena Lamont, participating.
All are welcome to visit the gardens at 62 Park Street, Ripley, and enjoy the day's events, beginning at 9 a.m., and finishing by 3 p.m.