Agriculture in Northumberland County
“225th Wheat Harvest (1794- 2019)”
An Agricultural Education Program for Grade Three Students
WHEN: Friday, September 13th, 2019 ~ 9:15 to 11:30 am
WHERE: Port Hope Fair – South Field
Agriculture in Northumberland County is an agricultural education initiative of the Port Hope and District Agricultural Society. Our first program offered in 2007, was enthusiastically received by students, staff and volunteers. Due to the generous sponsorship of TD Canada Trust and Rosemary Davis in memory of Niel Hannah, the program has continued since that time. We are excited to invite all local schools to participate again this year!
Our theme this year is “225th Wheat Harvest”. This is a celebration of the anniversary of early land in Ontario yielding wheat crops, with the first harvest of wheat in the former Township of Hope in 1794. It also appears to be the first wheat harvest on the entire north shore of Lake Ontario between Burlington and Belleville.
Our volunteers, along with teachers and parent volunteers, will escort the students from station to station in groups of twenty. They will see, hear and participate in activities at each station.
*Please ensure that you have checked regarding students’ permission to have photos taken, as we expect to have someone taking pictures of classes at the various stations. Thank you.
Topics and presenters include:
- Ducks & Dogs – Cynthia Palmer
- Honey – Graham McCall and Paul Watson
- Theme Tent – Wheat pancakes with Kathy Dennis
- Dairy – Natalie Kellogg
- Horseshoeing – Dave and Justin Davis
- Pigs – Mary Anne Found
- Beef – Ivan Hutchinson and Mellissa McIntosh
- Threshing machine/binder/grinder – Hope Heritage Agricultural Club
When the students are brought together at the end of the morning, the Hope Heritage Agricultural Club will start the threshing machine and demonstrate how it actually works.
Each student will receive a snack consisting of a small carton of milk (Cobourg City Dairy) and a bag of apples will be given to each school for the students to eat back at their classrooms (donated by Glenn and Carol Thompson).
Parking is available for buses and cars.
Relevant resource material will be provided to all participating schools and teachers. Bonnie McCool will be collecting your school binders, updating the information and then returning them to your school. We ask that the binders be kept in your school library where they are accessible by all staff.