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Durham Agricultural Advisory Committee (DAAC)

2008 Farm Tour

On September 16, 2008, DAAC hosted its sixth annual farm tour. Approximately 110 participants representing government, public agencies and the public attended the event.

The tour was entitled “Deep Roots”, and centred on the City of Oshawa, showcasing farms:

  • White Feather Farms Inc. – Family owned/operated since 1963, the business was expanded to include a Country Store in 1988. The operation currently employs 30 people and includes 35,000 laying hens on the home farm in Oshawa and 60,000 broilers at a second Port Perry area property.

  • Linton Farms – Family owned/operated as a mixed farm (vegetable/dairy) since 1957. This operation initially grew tomatoes for Campbell’s Soup, then started a pick your own vegetable operation in 1968. The dairy component was continued until 2005. Currently the operation grows 180 acres of vegetables, plus 800 acres of corn, soybeans and wheat. In addition to the pick your own option for the public, a farm market and farm entertainment opportunities such as hayrides, a playground and corn maze are offered.

  • Loa-de-mede Farms Ltd. – Family owned dairy operation since 1922. The first bulk milk shipments in Canada came from this farm in 1952. Currently the operation has a 75kg milk quota, with 70 milking cows and 175 head of purebred Holstein cattle on 350 acres of owned land and 150 acres of rented land. Corn and wheat are grown as cash crops.

  • Mountjoy Farms – The home farm in Oshawa has been in the Mountjoy family since 1870 (fifth generation). All but 2 acres of the original farm has been sold and is slated for urban development. The operation grows 1,400 acres of corn, soybeans and wheat on rented land in Clarington, Oshawa and Whitby. Marginal areas of land are used to grow hay for a herd of 30 cows.

  • Thornlea Stables – The 150 acre property was originally purchased in 1979 to provide extra land for feed production for a dairy operation. In 1984, the on-site barn was used to board horses. The current operation includes 32 stalls for year round horse boarding, plus indoor/outdoor riding rings, which also hosts equine clinics and shows.