The Regional Municipality of Durham

News Release

Durham Region hosts annual farm tour to showcase local agriculture

WHITBY, ON September 18, 2015

Today, the Durham Agricultural Advisory Committee (DAAC) successfully hosted its 13th annual Farm Tour. The theme was “Growing Green in Durham,” which featured demonstrations and information about planting flowers, growing trees and cultivating a healthy lawn.

“Agriculture is the second-largest industry in Durham Region, and our farmers are some of the most innovative and diverse in the province,” said Alex Georgieff, Commissioner of Planning and Economic Development. “Year after year, the DAAC farm tour provides an opportunity to learn about Durham’s vital agriculture sector from individuals who are directly involved in the industry.”

More than 100 participants attended the event, including representatives from various levels of government, the educational sector and public agencies. Attendees received a first-hand look at three of Durham’s vital agricultural businesses, while being presented with a unique series of perspectives from those directly involved in the Region’s farming industry.

“This year’s tour focused on educating participants on how to cultivate their lawns, and create sustainable gardens,” said Dave Risebrough, Chair of DAAC. “It was wonderful to see local farmers engage and work collaboratively with participants to give them a first-hand look at Durham’s thriving agriculture industry.”

DAAC is a volunteer advisory committee that provides advice to the Region on agricultural and rural-related matters. Since the inaugural tour in 2003, DAAC has showcased more than 40 farms, to more than 1000 participants.

Durham Region has a total of 1,454 farms encompassing 120,247 hectares. As the second-largest commodities sector in the Region, agriculture has a major economic impact on the regional economy, with about $273 million generated annually in gross farm receipts (source: 2011 Census of Canada).

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