You name it, you can learn it
Projects cover a wide spectrum. Here is a look at some of the 75 programs available to members across the province. Clubs are formed when at least six members sign up.
This project provides an open space for members to discuss issues that shape the perception of Ontario’s agriculture industry. This project allows you to become a strong ambassador for Ontario agriculture while stretching your critical thinking and communication muscles.
Agricultural Hazards Safety
There’s a reason for the saying “safety first.” Safety is important, especially in the agriculture industry. This project will teach you about the main hazards you could encounter when working in agriculture and how to best address these situations. You’ll come away confident and prepared to navigate farms safely.
This project will make you the ultimate farm safety ambassador. You’ll learn about the many hazards related to agriculture and farming and how to prevent them.
This project is a great introduction to field crops. Become well-versed in the various species of field crops and their production techniques, develop skills in plant identification and grow your very own crop (or observe a friend’s). By the end of this project you’ll be identifying crop species with your eyes closed.
Weeds, insects and diseases
In this project you’ll investigate the villains of field crops. You’ll learn practical detective skills and solutions to pest identification and control. Discover who the pests are and which are friend or foe. You’ll be a field crop detective when this project is through!
A project focused on soil structure and conservation. Learn how soil is made, how we grow crops and practical ways to keep soil where it belongs. Grab a shovel and dig in!
This project is all about soil basics and tillage; you’ll learn how to control erosion and plan a field layout. Once that’s covered, you’ll move on to plow upkeep and maintenance for a wellrounded lesson in plowing 101.
This is a great project for junior members who love all animals and just can’t seem to decide which pet to choose. You’ll learn how to choose the right pet for you and how to handle and care for your pet. You’ll be ready for pet ownership in no time.
This project is about exploring the life cycle of a beef cow. You’ll learn how to bottle-feed and care for newborn calves, how to purchase the right kind of cattle at the right price and how to prevent disease transmission. The steps beef farmers can take to support their industry are also covered.
This project is about more than just milk—just like the dairy industry! This project will teach you the ins and outs of a successful dairy operation. You’ll also cover basics such as showing and animal care, and new and relevant dairy farming tools and practices.
This project has three key areas: housing and health, goats for all reasons and nutrition. You’ll pretty much learn everything you need to know to keep your goat happy and healthy. You’ll also learn how to show a goat so you can proudly display all of your hard work.
This project covers a wide variety of topics related to horses. You’ll learn the ins and outs of horse health care and the how-to’s of riding. With the help of this project you’ll be well acquainted with horses in no time. You don’t have to have a horse to be a part of the club.
This project has three key areas of focus: housing and management, breeding and marketing and nutrition. Among many other things you’ll learn the difference between a good and poor bird and you’ll also become familiar with poultry housing.
This project covers anything and everything you may want to know about raising and showing rabbits. You’ll learn about selection, husbandry, feeding and exhibiting rabbits. You will handle rabbits, watch them grow and learn how to care for them.
Learn about health, nutrition, breeding, lambing, selection, housing, transportation, marketing and animal welfare. Showmanship and judging will be covered, too.
This pig-focused project will teach you how to provide lean, nutritious and residue free pork. Plan to learn about breeding, health, nutrition, housing and management.
This project is a fun and interactive way to teach some basics of veterinary care. Diseases, animal anatomy and genetics are just some of the topics covered. Best of all, you may even have the opportunity to go behind the scenes at a vet clinic or visit an animal research centre.
What types of cameras are there? What makes up a camera and how does it work? You’ll explore the world of cameras including: camera technology, different resolutions, how to print pictures from your computer and what makes a great camera. Learn to take beautiful photographs no matter what your age or experience level is. This project focuses on the basics of film cameras and how to use this type of camera to capture a spectacular image.
Work with your hands and be creative! Learn about a variety of craft techniques, media, and basic colour and design concepts. The practical skills of crocheting, using nature in crafts, needlework, painting and quilting can all be developed.
Learn techniques to add the touches to make a house a home. Develop your own style by adding personal flair to your decorating plan through window treatments and home accents. This project is sure to bring out the interior designer in you.
Experience the creative process of building wonderful pages and memories through the art of scrapbooking. Learn the how-to’s, including photo care, cropping, storage, scrap recovery and journaling. An advanced level project covering digital scrapbooking, mini albums, genealogy and much more, is also available.
You’ll be in stitches
This project is a great opportunity to get acquainted with the world of sewing. You’ll learn how to use a sewing machine, how to select and read a pattern, how to measure fabrics and fine tune the fit. Once you’ve learned the basics, you’ll have the opportunity to design and construct your own clothes. There is also a program where you take your garments to the next level. You’ll add a little flair and pizzazz to your newly constructed clothing by learning sewing techniques for pockets, facings, collars, cuffs, topstitching and hems. Cool games like “Big Shirt Bingo” and “Sewing Crosswords” will help you remember these helpful tips.
Have some old silverware that you don’t know what to do with? Want to create new items out of clothes you don’t wear anymore? Need a unique gift for someone? Then this project is for you! Turn your trash into treasures, or into cash. What is wearable art? How do you make it? How is it worn? All the answers are up to you and your creativity. Create your own jewelry and appliqués and learn to work with leather, metal, thread, paper and dye.
Ever wanted to try your hand at woodworking but didn’t have the tools? This project is a great opportunity to partake in some woodworking fun and all you need to bring is your creativity. Bird feeders and musical instruments are just a couple of the things you could make. Two project levels are offered—one for beginners and one for the more experienced.
Learn the basics of knitting. From the history to making basic stitches, dyeing, and carding there are plenty of activities to expand your fleece and yarn creation horizons.
Your parents are right
There’s a reason your parents told you to eat your fruits and veggies; they really are important for vibrant health. In this project you’ll learn why fruits and veggies are necessary in your diet and how to prepare some delicious, and nutritious, fruit and veggie foods.
A local focus increases awareness of the varieties grown in Ontario.
Red meat is an important element in our diet. Choosing the right kind of red meat and understanding how to properly handle and cook it can be a tricky task to master. This project will teach you everything there is to know about red meat to make you an informed and safe consumer.
LOCAL PRODUCE: Members can learn more about fruits and vegetables.