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2024 Peterborough County Agricultural Wall of Fame Inductees


The Peterborough County Agricultural Wall of Fame Committee is pleased to announce they will be hosting their 2024 induction ceremony on Sunday, August 25th at 2 p.m. in the Agricultural Heritage Building at Lang Pioneer Village and Museum, Keene.  The purpose of the Wall of Fame is to recognize residents of Peterborough County who have made an outstanding contribution to the agricultural industry. 

This year’s inductees are:
Joseph Crowly of Norwood, Darrell Drain of Douro-Dummer, Joyce Pimmett-Millar (posthumously), Marg and Wayne Telford of Selwyn, and Carol and Dean Warner of Hastings.


Joseph Crowley

Joseph Crowley, a farmer, leader, and businessman, grew up in Norwood, the oldest of six children.  His pursuit of agricultural excellence was sparked early in life.  Joseph embraced working with livestock and showed for years. He was an active member of 4-H and Junior Farmer, and passed these traditions onto his three children.  He has been a leader with the Norwood Agricultural Society for decades.  Joseph served on the Lang Pioneer Village Museum Advisory Committee and was part of the Building Committee for the Peterborough County Agricultural Heritage Building. He was a school board trustee, member of Asphodel-Norwood Township Council, and a volunteer with Norwood Minor Hockey. He diversified his farming operation with broiler chickens and established Crowley Farms Norwood Ltd with his son.  The business has transitioned to organic chicken production meeting changing consumer demands.

Nominated by Norwood Agricultural Society


Darrell Drain

Darrell Drain was raised in Dummer Township. His agriculture business development contributions are unique. In the early 1970’s, Darrell, and his brother John, started their first gravel pit and limestone quarry. Drain Bros. Excavating Ltd. now employs over 450 staff.  Darrell’s investment in Kawartha Ethanol Inc. has provided a new market for corn and providers Peterborough County producers with a transportation advantage. Darrell inspires others to invest in Peterborough County agriculture. His cattle feedlots and other farmers make use of distillers grain, a by-product of ethanol production. His Stoney Lake Belgians have won awards at prestigious events across North America. Darrell’s businesses have expanded to include St. Lawrence Grains and Seeds and Kawartha Premium Alcohols Inc. Darrell, and his wife Susan, are humble, philanthropic, community builders.

Nominated by Peterborough Soil and Crop Improvement Association, 2024


Joyce Pimmett-Millar (1927-2021)

Agricultural pioneer, Joyce Pimmett-Millar, was raised and farmed in Otonabee Township. At age six, she began selling flowers; she continued selling eggs and poultry weekly at the Peterborough Farmers’ Market well into her nineties. She and her husband Jack raised two children. Joyce was a Junior Farmer and member of the Peterborough County judging team. She was a strong supporter of 4-H. She was one of the first female beef order buyers for Canada Packers. In 1967, she established a Scotch Shorthorn herd which received numerous Grand Champion and Premier Exhibitor Awards. Joyce established the first local egg grading station.  She proactively established the facility to supply graded eggs to restaurants, institutions and stores. Her legacy lives on with her family continuing to operate Millar Eggs and Poultry Farms.

Nominated by Greg, Lisa and Ian Clark, 2024


Marg (Coulter) and Wayne Telford

Marg and Wayne Telford have embodied a commitment to agricultural excellence and community service. Wayne is the fourth generation to farm in Selwyn Township. They were partners in DonWay Farm and now operate MiWay Farm with their son. Wayne has been a Director of Peterborough Cattlemen's Association Director for over 40 years. Marg and Wayne were part of Peterborough producer group that created the calf weaning weight program which improved local cattle genetics. This program led to the creation of Ontario’s Red Meat Plan. For 43 years, Wayne, with Marg’s support, has chaired and coordinated Peterborough and Kawartha Lakes Cattlemen’s Stocker Sales. Wayne was Ontario Cattleman of the Year in 1993. They won the 2013 Peterborough County Agriculture Leadership Award. In 2024, Wayne and Marg were presented the inaugural Long-Standing Commitment to Peterborough County Cattlemen Award.

Nominated by Peterborough County Cattlemen's Association, 2024


Carol (Lacey) and Dean Warner

Dean Warner was raised at Ronbeth Holsteins in Asphodel Township.  He farmed in partnership with his father and brother. Carol joined Dean in dairy farming following their marriage in 1985.  In 2016, they became full owners of Ronbeth with their two daughters. Ronbeth Holsteins is one of only four, four-time Canadian Master Breeder Herds. Dean held leadership roles with Peterborough County Holstein Club, Agricultural Societies, Memorial Centre Board and the Ontario Summer Holstein show. In 2002, Dean was Ontario Holstein Branch President. He was a Holstein Canada judge for 30 years, judging competitions around the world.  Carol was a 4-H leader and organized 4-H Awards Nights. She was Vice Chair of the Peterborough County Agricultural Heritage Building Committee.  Carol’s volunteerism saw her inducted into the Hall of Honour at Adam Scott Collegiate. They were founding members of the Cyclic Vomiting Syndrome Association USA/Canada.

Nominated by Stephanie and Lacey Warner, 2024

2024 Peterborough County Agricultural Wall of Fame Induction Ceremony

The Peterborough County Agricultural Wall of Fame Committee is pleased to announce they will be hosting their 2024 induction ceremony on Sunday, August 25th at 2 p.m. in the Agricultural Heritage Building at Lang Pioneer Village and Museum, Keene.  The purpose of the Wall of Fame is to recognize residents of Peterborough County who have made an outstanding contribution to the agricultural industry.  

This year’s inductees are:
Joseph Crowly of Norwood, Darrell Drain of Douro-Dummer, Joyce Pimmett-Millar (posthumously), Marg and Wayne Telford of Selwyn, and Carol and Dean Warner of Hastings.

Peterborough County Cattlemen 42nd Annual Barbecue

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The Peterborough County Cattlemen extend an invitation to you and your family to join us on August 10, 2024 at the farm of Scott & Paula Cornish & Family at 2295 Hwy 7, Indian River, for the 42nd annual barbecue.  

The fun begins at 1PM with the Peterborough County 4H Beef members holding their Achievement Day.  Come out and support our youth as they compete for the champion showperson and champion animal for the year.

At the conclusion of the 4H show, there will be the Peterborough County Market Animal Show & Sale.  

Our delicious Ontario Beef barbecue will begin at 5PM.  Bring your lawnchairs and be prepared to enjoy an outstanding meal.  We encourage everyone to bring their own plates and cutlery, but will have those items available to use on site.

Advance tickets will be available.  If interested in purchasing a ticket(s) please send an email to, or or contact any Cattlemen Director.  Cash or debit only!  Hope to see you there!

Registration is not required
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2024 Peterborough County Agriculture Profile Update

In 2023, the Peterborough County Federation of Agriculture and the Kawartha Lakes Haliburton Federation of Agriculture hired Planscape to update the understanding of the state of agriculture in these two municipalities. The report provides an update on the agricultural profile of the Peterborough County and the City of Kawartha Lakes and also describes some of the wider trends affecting the agricultural industry. Check out the report and the executive summary by following the links below: 

Agricultural Profile Update 2024 - Final
Executive Summary

Demonstration Day: Come Explore our Soil

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Soil Pit – look at soil horizons

Cover crop root X-ray

Controlled tile drainage units

Look for leached levels of nitrogen escape from tile drainage system

View a weather station

Nitrogen demonstration – watch nitrogen dissolve

View fertilizer application equipment

Guest speakers on:

Nitrous oxide emissions in water

How crop species make a difference

The importance of soil texture in nitrogen loss reduction

How can we make this work on our farm?

Bring your lawn chair and friend. Enjoy a complementary lunch! 

For more information, please contact:

Matt Porter (705) 559-7551

Jason Ferguson (705) 768-8453

Jim Buck (705) 696-2956

Registration is required

Farm Tour: Lunar Rhythm Gardens

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Join Farms at Work and Lunar Rhythm Gardens for an evening exploring sustainable agriculture.

Friday, July 19th | 5:30 to 7:30 pm

$10 - 20 Sliding Scale. Kids 12 and under are free!

Founded in 2008, Lunar Rhythm Gardens is a 100-acre certified organic mixed vegetable and cow/calf operation in Janetville, Ontario. Come explore their Community Shared Agriculture (CSA) program, and get an up-close look at their season extension techniques, livestock, and working draft horses.

This in-person event is perfect for families, local food enthusiasts, and farmers looking for inspiration. Don't miss this unique opportunity to visit Lunar Rhythm Gardens and see how farming, community, and sustainability come together.

Jessica Foote's dedication to sustainable agriculture stems from her upbringing on her family’s dairy farm. Jessica beleives that farming is a powerful way to drive grassroots change and is passionate about educating and engaging her community. She strives to create symbiotic relationships between livestock and vegetables, and is one of few farmers in Ontario utilizing draft horses in her 15-acre market garden. She focuses on certified organic and regenerative practices, and works each day to leave the land better than she found it.

Registration is required

Drinking Water Wise Webinar Series: Drinking Water Testing and Treatment

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In this one-hour presentation, join John Levie, a licensed professional engineer and Vice President of Engineering at Clearford, a water infrastructure management company, to learn about drinking water testing and treatment for individual systems, as well as conserving water through rainwater collection and gray water reuse.  


John specializes in the delivery of design, regulatory approval and construction supervision for new and expanded water and wastewater infrastructures. 


CA staff will begin the webinar with a brief presentation about the Best Practices for Non-Municipal Source Protection. 


To register for this free webinar, please visit the following link:


If you have any questions for the guest expert or staff that you would like addressed during the webinar, please include them in the question box as part of the registration process and we will try to address as many relevant ones as possible.


The webinar will be recorded and uploaded to youtube in the week following the presentation. For links to recordings of previous webinars, please visit:

Registration is required

Dairy open house - Embrdale farm

We’ve been in the new robot barn for a year - come and see our new facility in operation! 10am - 4pm 

Your chance to see GEA robots in action and the cows in the composted pack - the Stockdales , local builders and tradespeople will be attending to answer any questions about the facility 

Hope to see you there 

Registration is not required
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Growing with Biochar

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Join Farms at Work, Hello Farm, and Haliburton Forest Biochar for an enlightening farm tour exploring the applications and benefits of biochar. Register here:

Discover the potential of biochar through an in-depth tour of Hello Farm, a dynamic mixed vegetable operation specializing in Japanese and heirloom vegetables and proactive soil management. Learn from expert, Jeff Pettit, about the numerous benefits of using biochar as a soil amendment, how to work with it effectively, and where to source it. This workshop provides both practical and technical insights into biochar’s production and applications.

About the Hosts:

Ava Richardson co-runs Hello Farm, an organic market garden in Havelock, Ontario. After a decade of farming in Kyoto, Japan, Ava and Zenryu Owatari re-launched their farm in Havelock in 2021. They cultivate over 120 varieties of organic vegetables, including heirloom Japanese produce and local favorites. Their fresh produce and vegan meals are available at local farmers' markets and select wholesale customers.

Jeff Petit is the Business Development Manager at Haliburton Forest Biochar. With certifications in biological and nutritional farming, soil management, and microbe management, Jeff is passionate about organic and sustainable farming practices. Haliburton Forest Biochar, a division of Haliburton Forest & Wild Life Reserve Ltd., produces high-quality biochar from the waste products of their sustainably managed forests.

Farms at Work is a non-profit organization working to protect healthy, active farmland across east central Ontario. For over a decade, Farms at work has been working to support farmers, new entrants, and landowners through education, mentorship, and research. 


Registration is required

Pasture Walk 2024

Sunderland Co-op & Gallagher Fencing presents the 2024 Pasture Walk!

Come on out on Thursday, June 6th from 5:30pm-8:30pm to educate yourself and improve your farm practices. Rotate through our 4 information stations including; Pasture mineral, ask the vet, rotational fencing using reel systems & soil sampling. 

Enjoy a BBQ supper provided by Peterborough County 4-H - all  proceeds benefitting Peterborough 4-H Sheep & Beef clubs. $20 per person, includes supper and all 4 education sessions. 

Contact Sunderland Co-op Peterborough for more information or to purchase your tickets - 705-745-4607. Tickets can be purchased prior to, or on the night of the event.

Special thanks to Heritage Cattle Company for graciously providing the space for Pasture Walk 2024!

Registration is required
3333 Highway 7, Norwood