Durham Agricultural Advisory Committee (DAAC)

2012 Farm Tour

Herralea FarmsThe Durham Agricultural Advisory Committee (DAAC) successfully hosted its 10th annual Durham Region Farm Tour – “Innovation and Technology on the Farm” on Sept. 12, 2012 at Parbro Farms Limited in the Township of Scugog. More than 100 participants representing government, public agencies, education, media and the public attended the event. Participants had the opportunity to engage in dialogue directly with farm operators.

The event kicked off with a luncheon featuring local food. Graduates of the Durham Federation of Agriculture’s, Agricultural Leadership Program delivered the keynote address to provide a first-hand glimpse at the future of Durham’s vibrant agricultural industry, while also presenting a unique series of perspectives from this next generation of farmers. The speakers provided information on the number of farms in Durham and their impact on the local economy; identified the need for local processing facilities to help support the industry; emphasized the importance of diversification to keep up with the changing needs of the global market; and provided an overview of the range of public education programs in Durham related to farming, such as Farm Connections and Durham Farm Fresh.

Four demonstration areas were set up across the Parbro Farms property, including:

Participants in this year’s tour included representatives from various levels of government, the educational sector and public agencies. Attendees had the opportunity to meet and hear from agricultural leaders, ask questions, and learn firsthand about issues and trends affecting Durham's vital agricultural industry. Approximately 75 people took part in the event.