Ok. So you know the Maberly Fair is fun...
And you know that it celebrates Ontario farmers and our rural lifestyle-- and that it's been happening for a long, long time...
But Have You Met The Maberly Agricultural Society Yet?
The Maberly Fair is brought to you every August long weekend by the Maberly Agricultural Society, a non-profit organization chartered as a corporation under the Ontario Agricultural and Horticultural Societies Act.
It's run by an Executive Board of volunteers, elected each year at the Annual General Meeting. The roster changes from time to time (and we'll make the necessary updates when that happens), but we're a devoted bunch who tend to stick around for a while.
We also rely heavily on community volunteers... people just like yourselves give their time and energy every year, and we truly can't thank them enough!
They are some of the most important advocates and representatives we have, both as an agricultural society and as Ontario farmers.
You can see for yourself how many people have a hand in this year's Fair-- from the Maberly Agricultural Society itself, down through the ranks of volunteers and organizers.
All good, hard-working folks!
The list of people doesn't even stop there! And it could go on forever, it seems... but we'll just tell you about two groups in particular.
We'll begin with the one that lies at the core of all Ontario Agricultural Societies...
The Ontario Association of Agricultural Societies
The OAAS, governed by the Agricultural and Horticultural Organizations Act, is the provincial representative for over two hundred Agricultural Societies across Ontario.
Its core mandate is to be a resourceful and united voice for Ontario farmers, by both: providing timely leadership and education to its Members; and fostering among them a desire to promote and celebrate agriculture and rural Ontario.
The OAAS Represents, Supports, and "Associates" the Societies.
Plain and simple.
It connects all fifteen districts of Ontario farmers- as they each have a Provincial Director on the Board- and it enables the Member Societies to discuss, collaborate and coordinate the possible achievement of important goals either individually as districts, or collectively as a province.
The annual, and always much-anticipated, OAAS Convention in mid-February brings together a thousand or more delegates from all over the province. It is an ideal opportunity for Members to learn new things, and to network with new and old friends in the Association.
The Maberly Agricultural Society is, of course, is a proud OAAS member... and we are hence likewise governed by the OAHO Act.
The Ontario Federation of Agriculture
Much like the OAAS, the Ontario Federation of Agriculture is not a top secret Government organization teeming with mysterious men in black suits and sunglasses.
That would be pretty sweet, now that we've put it out there... but no. And we digress.
We will, however, tell you that the OFA is another priceless advocacy and education tool in the Ontario farmer's tool belt. Our local chapter, the Lanark Federation of Agriculture, “represents the voice of agriculture in the local community and advocates on behalf of farm families in Lanark on local agricultural issues.”
And it is only one of the 52 county and regional federations. The OFA is the country's largest voluntary farm organization, representing over 36,000 farm families across Ontario, and has been a perennial leader in results-oriented advocacy and lobbying for the interests of our farming community since 1936.
It becomes obvious why their mission statement is: "Farms and food forever."
We love it. And we try to perpetuate that mindset. From all of us at the Maberly Agricultural Society-- and from everyone who cares deeply about it-- THANK YOU!
Our OFA Member Representative is:
Deb Knapton – Zone 8: Arnprior, Lanark, Ottawa & Renfrew
Toll free: 1-855-761-7617
And for the Lanark Federation of Agriculture, contact:
Lillian Drummond-- Secretary / Treasurer
Check out everyone else on our NEWS page... and if you like to read, we really enjoyed a book by Canadian author Thomas Pawlick, called "The War in the Country: How the Fight to Save Rural Life Will Shape Our Future".