Agriculture has always been a strong business sector in Dufferin County. The building that is now the Orangeville Town Hall was the Public Market, as the carved cattle heads over the windows attest. On alternate weeks, Broadway was filled with cattle for the sale. While potatoes may be the most voluminous product, dairy, hay and grains, are all vigorous. And with the expanding interest in eating “local” and chemical free product, market gardening is expanding. In addition, exotic animals have been getting attention. Smaller farms raising emus, alpacas and llamas have found a place here.
Peter and Elly Van der Veen considered a couple of different areas of Canada to set up their farm, but decided on Dufferin County. They choose Grand Valley for a variety of reasons and now the Van Der Veen Farm is 300 acres, with another 300 rented. Although it hasn’t been long since they arrived here, the Van Der Veen family has fit right into the flow of life in Dufferin County. Read their story…
Horses in the Hills
The equine sector is particularly vigorous both in size and economic impact. The growth of the horse population in Dufferin provides exceptional opportunities. Agribusiness and entrepreneurs should see in this expansion room to start and grow new business to serve the industry.
We have a long history, so agribusiness is one we understand well and there are many resources to help you in your search for land and ideas.
Dufferin Federation of Agriculture
Lobby group for farmers rights and liaison between rural & agricultural neighbours.
www.ofa.on.ca or call 519-941-0490