Smelly part of farm­ing fact of life in Wain­fleet: Hes­sels

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Wain­fleet might want to change its slo­gan — Wain­fleet: Find your coun­try­side — Ald. Ted Hes­sels sug­gested Tues­day night.

He made the com­ment in light of a let­ter from Ni­a­gara South Fed­er­a­tion of Agri­cul­ture pres­i­dent Joe Schon­berger in the coun­cil pack­age.

Schon­berger’s let­ter was in re­la­tion to a so­cial me­dia and flier cam­paign be­ing con­ducted by res­i­dents against farm­ers spread­ing ma­nure in the Forks Road area.

“Wain­fleet has some of the best farm­land not only in Ni­a­gara, but in all of On­tario. Agri­cul­ture is surely the big­gest eco­nomic en­gine in Wain­fleet,” the let­ter said.

It said that is of “para­mount im­por­tance that town­ship coun­cil and staff un­der­stand that spread­ing ma­nure is a nor­mal agri­cul­ture prac­tice that has enor­mous ben­e­fits for the soil. Peo­ple who chose to live in agri­cul­tural ar­eas need to be tol­er­ant of nor­mal agri­cul­tural prac­tices.”

Schon­berger’s let­ter asked that coun­cil and staff in­form the con­cerned cit­i­zens who com­plain about ma­nure spread­ing that it is a nor­mal farm prac­tice that “must be re­spected.”

Hes­sels won­dered if the town­ship should add a clause to the slo­gan, one that re­flected the fact that peo­ple are in a farm­ing com­mu­nity and there are things as­so­ci­ated with that.

“Peo­ple come here, then all of a sud­den there’s the smell, noise and dust of farm­ing. We’re ask­ing peo­ple to find their coun­try side, but I’d like them to be aware,” said the al­der­man, who is a dairy farmer.

Ald. Richard Dyk­stra, a cash crop farmer, asked what the slo­gan should be changed to.

“Should we say some­thing like, ‘We stink here’ or some­thing like that?” he said, to laughs from res­i­dents in coun­cil cham­bers

While Dyk­stra was jok­ing, Mayor April Jeffs sug­gested an­other change to Wain­fleet’s slo­gan would be costly in terms of hav­ing to change busi­ness cards and other items.

Dyk­stra said any­one who moves to the com­mu­nity and doesn’t re­al­ize what they are get­ting into, a change in slo­gan wouldn’t help them.

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