By Paul Legge, Georgian Central SCIA President
A community project
As of November 3rd 2020, after our first fall snow of the year, the annual crop project with the Chesley Kinsmen is completed. This project has been happening since the beginning of the Specialist High Skills Major at Chesley District High School in 2008. It’s a group effort with the land, inputs and all custom work donated. There are many community members involved and it’s great that a community is willing to come together for educating students about agriculture in Ontario.
Last year with such a wet spring and untiled land it was left fallow. This allowed tile drainage to be installed. With drainage installed this was looking like a great opportunity to increase yields. After some hardships getting tiles levelled and some broken equipment we managed to get the corn planted in beautiful conditions. With a final harvest yield of 186 bu/ac I think all parties involved should be thrilled.
These projects take a tremendous amount of planning and generosity to make work. For that reason it’s a great opportunity to send thanks to everyone who helped along the way!
The high skills major in agriculture at Chesley District High School is unique to the others across the province. With a barn and greenhouse on site, the students are responsible for the husbandry of the livestock and tending to the vegetable and flower crops. With livestock needing care seven days a week, it teaches discipline with students needing to chore on weekends as well. It is a four credit program with focus on animal health, care and nutrition as well as crop science and agricultural business. The program is open to grade 11 and 12 students within the Bluewater District School Board and the Bruce Grey Catholic School Board. Being a past graduate of the program, it’s highly recommended whether students are looking at future careers in agriculture or have a general interest in agriculture.
Hope everyone has a safe and productive fall harvest! Here are some pictures of our harvest.