Junior Farmers revival
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.