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Mashoka Maimona, The London Free Press Published: July 20, 2011
With about $50 billion worth of farmland up for grabs in Canada over the next decade, a London job training centre is teaming up with a provincial not-for-profit organization to encourage Londoners to consider a career in small-scale farming.
The London Training Centre and FarmStart will take a busload of local residents to three small-scale farms on Saturday to show off farming as a career option.
“There is a pre-crisis in the farming industry . . . which is why we’re expanding our mandate to focus on agriculture,” said Meriel Cromarty of the London Training Centre.
Small-scale organic farms are a small segment but the fastest growing part of Canadian agriculture. These growers are running their businesses on anywhere from a single-acre garden plot to 80-acre farms.
Ken Laing’s Sparta farm is one of the three stops on the Saturday farm tour. He’s been farming on an 80-acre organic farm with horses instead of tractors since 1979. “You’re a lot more closer to the land with small-scale farming,” he said.
For tour information see: http://www.farmstart.ca/workshops/