Canada Agriculture and Food Museum
Judi "Scoop" McWilliams
We welcome you to come along as Ontario Visited Tours the
Agriculture and … continues … A
place to learn and have fun! Food
This Museum is not just a place to learn the history; it truly is a "working farm".
At the entrance a small donkey, “Molly”, welcomed us. The previous donkey was known by most visitors and has a great legacy to follow. I imagine it wont take long for “Molly” to do "something unique" for visitors to "fall in love" with her also.
A retired RCMP 30 year old horse graces the lawn alongside another small breed. The horses at the Canada Agriculture and Food Museum can often be found pulling the Tally-Ho ride around the Central Experimental Farm. The Museum is home to awe-inspiring Clydesdales and the Canadian breed.
The CAFM welcomed two alpacas in 2012. Jules and Yanni are three and four years old, respectively. Alpacas are part of the camel family and are smaller cousins of the llama. Like sheep and angora goats, alpacas can be sheared for their fiber. Their soft wool is used for a number of products. Though not native to
Canada, alpacas are growing in popularity
throughout North America.
There are changes every month at the Museum, including demonstrations. The only demonstration that is regulated by the timing is that of "milking the cows". They are on a tight schedule at 6 am and 4 pm each and every day. We’ll talk more about that later.
Some of the interactive demonstrations engage visitors to "guess what shoe" goes with what animal. What "horse shoe" and such. The staff on the Farm is very recognizable by the bright red t-shirts. In the summer time, 5 full-time students tend to the Farm. There is lots of interpretation providing visitors with insightful and fun information each and every day. Kelly was sure that if we stayed long enough, especially during the springtime, it would not be unusual for a visitor to watch the wonders of a "birth". They welcome all to see and witness.
Stay tuned for more “Behind the Scenes” Tour with the
Canada Agriculture and ~ Cows, Milking
Time, Touch Carts! (in the meantime, check out their great website for lots of
fun and information at http://cafmuseum.techno-science.ca/en/index.php.) Food