Why an Interview,,,

Over the years we have been able to meet and talk with some very interesting people. They have shared with us their knowledge and have provided us with a great deal of insight as to how and why festivals and events work and why they are so important to our communities and to the Province of Ontario. With this in mind, we decided that we wanted you to meet and hear from some of the wonderful people who work so hard to provide us all with such wonderful Ontario Festivals and Events! We are pleased and proud to present "THE INSIDE SCOOP"!

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Canada Agriculture and Food Museum ~ Ontario Festivals Visited ~ Behind the Scenes

We welcome you to come along as Ontario Visited Tours the Canada Agriculture and Food Museum … continues … Heritage Barn, Learning Centre, Beams, Floors, Hay Lofts!
Heritage Barn … Learning Centre … Nutrition!
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"Behind the Scenes Tour"
Canada Agriculture and Food Museum

At the learning Centre, beams seemed to float high in the air. These beams were from original structures repurposed from 1934. The floors are original from the old barns refinished to a beautiful glow. High technology has been incorporated into this centre, from the audio video to the wooden slats by the windows that curve to act as sound barriers. Tables, chairs and ample conference equipment are available for use. In the far corner of this Centre is a quiet area where families can rest, have a snack in the small café’. These facilities can be rented for all kinds of occasions, from weddings, banquets, and special occasions that can accommodate 1,000 or more people. They can accommodate about 96 for a formal dinner but there are lots of options available. The facilities provide a great meeting place with large rooms that will accommodate up to 200 people, from school children to conferences. We can attest to the spectacular views from the large windows where the reflections of the buildings and glorious fields can be seen far away. It truly takes your breath away as you can imagine life long ago.
The original Beams … floors … hay lofts …
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"Resting Time"
Canada Agriculture and Food Museum
In the sheep barn the original hay loft from the 40’s still exists. Both far ends of this building use the hay lofts, while the centre is used at the main Museum. The Farm itself lies on approximately 1,055 acres. Bird watchers often come to the facility and drive out to the far field. Kelly tells us she runs at lunchtime and sees how much nature is around, including some rare sightings of a “snowy owl” that has made one of the far polls in the field its home for now. They have left the fields now, but hopefully will return.
Canada Agriculture and Food Museum
"Amazing views"
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Upstairs we continue our tour where classrooms are available. They offer cooking camp where sprouting chefs can learn to create from the components obtain directly from the land. The Artifacts in the Museum are protected from the sun and elements. There are areas that are temperature controlled. Kelly goes on to share with us that this building was built with specific intentions in mind. Some of the new exhibit has a window that has a photo of the “outside market”. They could not afford for natural sun to come into this historical part of the Museum, so, they made it look like the outdoors. Each area of the new facility will also have themed scenery settings to give the visitors the feel of being in nature.
The Canada Agriculture and Food Museum is very particular in the food and nutrition their animals intake. They do not feed anything that is not within the guidelines. Some cows get feed 5 times a day and the bathtubs are full of water all day. I wondered about feeding the animals like you get to at a Fair for example. They do not allow this as the ultimate health and well being of the animals are critical. The Canada Agriculture and Food Museum either sells their livestock or uses it in breeding, so the highest quality of these creatures is vital.

Stay tuned for more “Behind the Scenes” Tour with the Canada Agriculture and Food Museum (in the meantime, check out their great website for lots of fun and information at http://cafmuseum.techno-science.ca/en/index.php.)

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