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Barb and Joe Maxwell sit on black iron bench in front of garden of purple wild flowers

The Maxwell Family: Investing in Agriculture

For some, farming is in their genes and every career path seems to always end up leading back to the land. Joe Maxwell comes from a long line of farmers who immigrated to Canada from England in 1854. He grew up working on his parents’ farm in Bruce County and in 1947 he left to attend the Ontario Agricultural College. By the time he graduated in 1951, he wanted to go his own way and had no desire to return to the farm.

An OAC Grad's Passion for Agriculture: Something to Last a Lifetime

A lot has happened in the past 100 years. From the first electric can opener to the first mobile phone, the human population has continually innovated and improved upon products of the past. However, to have something last 100 years is an uncommon feat.

The Roberts Family: Investing in Agriculture

University is a time for learning, for growth and quite often a time for finding your life partner. Like so many young men and women who attended the University of Guelph during the late 1950s, George and Lorna Roberts found each other. George was enrolled in the Ontario Agricultural College, while Lorna studied in the Macdonald Institute. With five boys for every girl on campus at the time, George considers himself quite fortunate.

The McIntosh Family: Investing in Agriculture

Whether they’re scrambled, boiled, fried or whipped into an omelette, eggs are a favourite staple of the Canadian diet. Over 1,000 egg farmers contribute $1.4 billion to Canada’s GDP every year, but how often does the average Canadian think about what goes into producing an egg?

Investing in Agriculture: The Klosler Family

For hundreds of years, generations of the Klosler family worked off the land in Transylvania, Romania; growing fruit, making wine and raising livestock. In 1921, shortly after the end of WWI, George Klosler’s grandfather came to Canada to earn money for his family. He always planned to return home, but the onset of the Great Depression and WWII prevented him from making the trip he longed for. He continued to work on a tobacco farm in Norfolk County, Ontario with his family a continent away.

Investing in Agriculture: The McCracken Family

Upon arriving at the McCracken family home in Scotland, Ontario, we are greeted by their standard schnauzer named Fritz. Friendly, regal and a big part of the family; little did we know how Fritz would play a part in our story. Ron and Doreen McCracken both grew up on farms, and still feel at home in the country today. Their current residence, built in 1993, has some 48 acres. A neighbour farms a portion of the land with the remaining set aside for hobby farming, their garden and a place for Fritz to roam. Ron has kept bees, raised geese and ducks, and even guinea hens, but today he enjoys retirement after a long and interesting career.

A Story Worth Telling: Chronicles of OAC ’53

Let’s set the stage. World War II was over. Canada’s and the World economies were ready to “take off”. In September 1949, 89 young men and 4 young women arrived in Guelph to study at the Ontario Agricultural College.

’83 Aggie Wins Woman of Excellence in Agriculture Award

Karen Eastman Velthius, who attended University of Guelph and completed a Bachelor of Animal & Poultry Science degree with a major in Dairy in 1983, is the recipient of the 2012 “Woman of Excellence in Agriculture Award” presented by the Federated Women’s Institutes of Ontario (FWIO).

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