OFA board invited for tour of Lambton County
The Ontario Federation of Agriculture (OFA) Board of Directors travelled to Lambton County last week where they were invited by the Lambton Federation of Agriculture (LFA) to host their August board meeting and participate in a guided tour of the southwestern Ontario County.
The board meeting commenced Wednesday, August 13 with regular business in the morning, followed by a guided tour in the afternoon of the agricultural landscape and developing bioeconomy. Sarnia-Lambton is the current hotbed for bioeconomy development. The OFA directors were accompanied on the tour by local federation board members and political delegates in the Sarnia-Lambton region.
Following presentations from Bioindustrial Innovation Canada, BioAmber and the Sarnia-Lambton Economic Partnership, the tour began with a visit to the Western Sarnia-Lambton Research Park. The next item on the itinerary was a tour of the Lanxess plant located in Sarnia’s Bio-Industrial Park. The tour provided OFA directors the opportunity to learn more about the benefits of the bioeconomy to the long-term sustainability of Ontario’s agriculture sector. The bus tour also included views of the Trans Alta, Suncor and Suncor Refinery, CF Industries, Shell Refinery and Dock, Lambton Generating Station and the Oil Springs Heritage Museum. Oil Springs was the first location to pump oil in Canada in 1858.
The final stop of the day was a tour of the Twin Pines Orchards and Cider House in Thedford, ON. Although the establishment has been in business for decades, its new building and designation as an “Estate Winery” has only been around for 10 years when their building opened in 2004. Twin Pines produces 35 varieties of apples resulting in well over one million pounds. The OFA directors took part in a wagon tour through the orchards. Their production includes high-density planting. Click here for a virtual tour of the high-density planting used at Twin Pines. The tree seen in the video is in its third year of development and is of the Ambrosia variety.
The tour offered the board an excellent opportunity to see and experience the farmland, production and history of agriculture in Lambton County. The board’s visit to Sarnia-Lambton marked the third consecutive year the OFA directors have hosted their August meeting in a remote location at the request of one of OFA’s 52 affiliated county federations. The board toured Hastings County in 2013 and Essex County in 2012.
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