Ju­nior Farm­ers re­vival

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BY STEVEN WAR­BUR­TON

News Staff The Ju­nior Farm­ers Club of Stor­mont and Glen­garry is look­ing to res­ur­rect it­self.

Trea­surer Jakob Vogel says that the Ju­nior Farm­ers works closely with another or­ga­ni­za­tion ded­i­cated to in­still­ing a love for agri­cul­ture in the hearts of young peo­ple – 4H.

“We’re a provin­cially rec­og­nized ru­ral youth or­ga­ni­za­tion that works very tightly with the 4H pro­gram,” says Mr. Vogel. “Our goal is to help young agri­cul­tural peo­ple.”

Although a lot of the club is about so­cial out­reach, there’s also a lot of fo­cus on ed­u­ca­tion.

“We learn about agri­cul­ture,” he says, talk­ing about a farm tour the group did last year in south­ern On­tario, where mem­bers vis­ited three dairy op­er­a­tions and a water buf­falo farm.

The Ju­nior Farm­ers group also per­forms a lot of vol­un­teer work – ev­ery­thing from road­side cleanups to or­ga­niz­ing fundrais­ers.

He says one of the big dif­fer­ences be­tween 4H and the Ju­nior Farm­ers is that with the lat­ter, the mem­bers or­ga­nize all their events. An ex­am­ple: on March 7, the Ju­nior Farm­ers held a fun vol­ley­ball night at Tagwi Sec­ondary School.

The lo­cal club is only one of four such clubs in ex­is­tence in Eastern On­tario. The others are in Dun­das, Ren­frew and Car­leton.

Any­one be­tween the ages of 16 and 30 can join the Ju­nior Farm­ers. There is some over­lap be­tween them and 4H, whose age limit tops out at 21. New mem­ber­ship fees are only $30 whereas a re­turn­ing mem­ber pays $45.

For more in­for­ma­tion, con­tact club pres­i­dent Alyssa Wal­droff at 613-362-0957 or sec­re­tary Kelsey Smith at 613-3637382.

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