We’re more than pleased to be able to report that our planned study of the economic potential of agriculture on the remaining Federal Lands has received the backing of the Durham Region Federation of Agriculture (DRFA), representing some 1000+ farm families.
Susan Reesor, ninth generation of the well-known farm family, and Ron Tapscott, the only full-time Ontario Federation of Agriculture farmer still living and working on the remaining “airport site,” joined us to meet the executive of the DRFA to explain our plans for a study and to seek their support. We are indebted to DRFA president Mitch Morawetz, a municipal planner as well as a farmer, for helping to articulate our message so clearly.
We now have an answer for those politicians who ask: “What do the local farmers think?” Clearly, they think the land should remain farmland. With agriculture and agri-business such huge economic drivers in Durham and Ontario, their message is of prime importance. We‘ve said it before but it bears repeating: In Pickering, when we talk agriculture we mean business!