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Reminder! Register for our workshop, Getting Started in Agritourism, happening March 30th!

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Are you interested in increasing cash flow on your farm? Have you considered a bed and breakfast operation, a farm experience tour, direct sales to custmers, or a pick your own operation? Join us on March 30th, 7 to 9m at the Douro Community Centre to hear panelists who are already doing these types of activities. You will also hear from Darling Insurance and Peterborough Public Health on what you need to know before you get too deep into planning. 

We have speakers joining us from the following operations: 

Golden Pathways Retreat, Wanderlight Alpacas, Harley Farms,  Nelson Berry Farm, Indian River Acres, Peterborough Public Health and Darling Insurance.

This event is being sponsored by Darling Insurance. 

It is free to attend but registration is required. Click below: 

Registration is required

Nominations Being Received for Peterborough County Agricultural Wall of Fame

Peterborough County Agricultural Wall of Fame

The Peterborough Country Agricultural Wall of Fame Committee is seeking nominations for the 2023 Induction Ceremony to be held on Sunday, August 27th at Lang Pioneer Village Museum in the Agricultural Heritage Building.  Farm and rural leaders in Peterborough County who have made contributions to the agriculture and agri-food industry at the local, regional, provincial or national levels can be nominated by organizations or interested individuals.  The deadline for nominations is May 1st.


Nominators must submit a nomination form, found on the committee’s website, which includes the name, address and description of the nominee’s achievements, leadership role and contributions to the industry.  The Peterborough County Agricultural Wall of Fame Committee will review all nominations.  Recipients and nominators will be notified by July 1st.  Previous nominations may be resubmitted with additional information.  


Nomination forms are available on the website: 
or by contacting one of the following committee members:  
Carolyn Doris, Chair (705) 295-2755 or Joan Larmer, Secretary (705) 932-5242,
John Cockburn, Paula Cornish, Francis Crowley, Glenn Darling, Patrick Leahy, Mary Ellen McCamus, Don Richardson, Colleen Terpstra.

Peterborough Seedy Sunday

Seedy Sunday is the perfect place to get inspired for spring. Come out to get all the knowledge, tools and resources needed to get growing this season including: 

- Incredible diversity of vegetables, flowers, herb seeds available for sale 

- Community Groups showcasing the great work they do locally 

- Informative hands-on workshops 

- Popular Seed Exchange Area where you can trade seeds with other gardeners 

More information available at:

Facebook: @SeedySundayPeterborough 


Registration is not required
Peterborough Square Mall (downstairs where the Farmers' Market is held)

Updates to the City of Peterborough's Procurement Bylaw include Social Procurement

Last fall City of Peterborough Council passed an update to the Procurement Bylaw to include Social Procurement.  The City has established a social procurement vendor registry in order to support and promote local economic development and businesses, prioritize diversity and inclusion, sustainability, sustainable community development, etc. The process is underway to have  businesses  register.  The community is encouraged to circulate the registry link through your networks to improve awareness and promote this important initiative to potential vendors in the local business community.


Locally Grown Peony named Canadian Peony Society Peony of the Year

The peony John’s Dream was named the Canadian Peony Society's peony of the year.  The peony ‘John’s Dream’ was grown by Joe and Hazel Cook at Blossom Hill Nursery and registered through the American Peony Society which is the International Cultivar Registration Authority for Peonies. Blossom Hill Nursery is located in Selwyn Township. To read more about John's Dream, read this write-up from Hazel Cook at Blossom Hill: 

"If you were fortunate enough to attend a presentation by John Simkins in the 1990s to early 2000s, you had an opportunity to purchase some of his small potted peony seedlings ($1 or $2 mystery plants). We purchased a tree peony seedling at a local horticultural meeting and some of our friends also bought seedlings at a show at the Royal Botanical Garden in Hamilton. As Joe and I began giving presentations, we often saw flower shows with impressive peonies, results of John’s hybridizing. Some gardeners shared roots of their plants so we could evaluate them in our growing conditions.

In June 2008, a friend invited us to see her peony seedling, now a mature plant with many blooms. Pat de Villiers’s peony was about 12 years old. She had dug it once at three years when she changed houses. It had always grown vigorously but took several years to bloom after the move. The seedling was the first yellow or single peony in her garden. She was afraid to divide a mature peony but wanted to share it with her family. Thus in autumn, we returned to dig the peony and help her divide it. We were pleased to receive two pieces of root.

Our divisions, recorded as JS08-01 grew well and we were excited to take two blooms to the American Peony Society convention in 2010. Seedlings can only be officially judged if there are three stems but it was worth the effort to experience the reaction of several top breeders/growers crowding around the blooms discussing its uniquely wonderful characteristics. One even had his fingers in the centre which is definitely against all rules. JS08-01 is actually a unique Japanese form rather than a single and it produces pollen as well as seed, thus fertile both ways. The pollen from the show blooms was shared with the breeders for hybridizing that year. Serious discussion surrounded its merit suggesting it should be included in the Court of Honor. Thus JS08-01 had started to advance the world of peonies with its first showing. In subsequent years, the best seedling entry advances to the Court of Honor although not qualifying for the ‘APS Best in Show’. At the 2016 APS convention, JS08-01 received Award of Merit and was subsequently registered. It has been offered for sale and distributed to many commercial and private gardens ever since. The registration information is available on this:’sdream "

White Face Classic Sale

The White Face Classic Sale, hosted by the East Central Ontario Hereford Zone (ECOHZ) will be held on May 13, 2023 at Hoards Station Sales barn, 2508 County Rd 8, Campbellford, ON.  The sale will be offering approx 30 lots of Hereford and Hereford Influenced animals consisting of cow/calf pairs, open and bred yearling heifers and breeding age bulls.  

To be included in the catalogue, we will be accepting consignments until March 10, 2023.  To be eligible to be consigned,  either the dam or sire of the consigned animal must be purebred Hereford.  For more information on how to consign please send an email to or contact Karen Paszternak - 705-957-3739; Marcie Reavie -  613-438-7997;  Pat Hobbs -  905-376-3651

ECOHZ White Face Classic Sale

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Selling approx 30 lots of Hereford and Hereford influenced cattle.  Consigned lots include cow/calf pairs, yearling heifers, open & bred, breeding age bulls.   To be sure to receive a catalogue send an email to

Registration is not required
Campbellford Ontario