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Searching for Elgin Middlesex Farms For Sale? The Elgin Middlesex Farming Counties are located in Southwestern Ontario. Elgin County is on the northern shoreline of Lake Erie, spanning 3,317 km2, and Middlesex County is landlocked directly behind, spanning 1,881 km2. Elgin County is roughly halfway between Toronto and Windsor. It hosts three blue flag destinations and the city of St. Thomas, which continues to climb the ranks of Canada's best places to live. Middlesex County is also home to London, Ontario, which provides all city amenities for both regions.
Agriculture is the leading industry in the region, with a history dating back to the 1800s with a primary focus on wheat production. Both counties have a large available labour force due to proximity to the GTA. There is support for farmers already familiar with the region or those new to the area and industry. The soil in the area is fertile, and the weather is favourable for longer growing seasons and prosperous harvests. Conservation is a huge priority for the region, especially preservation of several water sources including, but not limited to, Lake Erie. The Elgin & Middlesex region is flourishing. There are many opportunities for new, future, and existing farmers to prosper. See what the Elgin & Middlesex Region has in store for you and your farm.
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Time to clean the barn before selling the farm? Both the Elgin and Middlesex Counties prioritize connecting farmers with consumers through various forms of farmers' markets and direct-to-consumer models. There are different local farms to discover throughout both regions, selling everything from meat to honey, syrup to fruits and vegetables! The Elgin Buy Local Buy Fresh Map was developed with Elgin County, the Elgin Business Resource Centre, and a few other organizations to connect residents with local food produced in the county, with over 50 farms featured! Additionally, the Middlesex-London Local Food Guide map serves a similar purpose, advising what's in season for the freshest produce throughout the region.
For in-person and online farmers’ markets in Elgin and Middlesex County, see below:
There are many veterinary clinics and hospitals throughout the Elgin and Middlesex Region for big and small animals and concerns. See below for a list of the larger veterinary clinics and hospitals in the Huron Perth area:
Hobby Farm or Commercial Farm, you're going to need supplies! For your supply shop needs, the Elgin and Middlesex Region has what you and your farm need!
Whether you’re looking for a feed, tools, heavy-duty farm equipment, or service, you’ll find it here. See below for a few great shops to get you started:
Suppose you're looking for heavy-duty machinery, estate sales, home supplies, farm equipment, tools or vehicles. In that case, you can always find a great deal, either online or in person. If you require an appraisal, these services can be provided by most auctions. See the list below to check out a few of the auctions in the Elgin and Middlesex region:
Agriculture is the primary industry throughout both the Elgin and Middlesex Counties. Elgin County primarily focused on oilseed, grain, animal production, and fruit and vegetable farming. The county was responsible for 7,753 jobs, with sales of $558 million generated from the agricultural industry. There is a long growing season in the region and fertile soil that sets this region apart.
Middlesex County is responsible for main crops throughout Ontario: corn, soybeans and wheat, alfalfa, and beans. Previously, Middlesex County provided almost half of the corn, soybeans, and hog sales in 2013 in Ontario. With over 3,000 farms, the region is responsible for $1.2 billion in sales and 7,822 jobs.
The Elgin Federation of Agriculture is available to support farmers in the region. Their goal is to increase awareness of agriculture for the public, provide information to members, and improve farmers' economic well-being and growth in the area. In getting feedback from local farmers, the Elgin Federation of Agriculture works to improve agriculture for individual farmers, farm families, and the industry as a whole.
The Middlesex Federation of Agriculture has been representing farmers since 1939, acting on behalf of 1,950 farmers. Their primary focus is on education and advocacy. As a prominent supporter of agricultural education and farm safety, they also support youth that participates in 4-H, Junior Farmers and provide scholarships to participants regularly.
Both organizations work to represent the concerns and opinions of local farmers and the regions to the Ontario Federation of Agriculture (OFA) for the general betterment of agriculture throughout Ontario and locally.
Water conservation is a high priority throughout both the Elgin and Middlesex Counties, with conservation areas and groups scattered throughout the preserved farmland and natural resources and ecosystems.
The Kettle Creek Conservation Authority focuses on preserving and monitoring surface water throughout the region. The Upper Thames River Conservation Authority covers the watershed of the Upper Thames River that is used for urban and rural land use. This area is roughly 3,421 km2 and includes approximately 3,600 farms. The forests have been affected by development and logging but are still home to over 90 species of fish, turtles, and snakes. The Lower Thames River Conservation works to preserve the watersheds that drain into Lake Erie.
The soil in Elgin County consists of till, lacustrine, and eolian fine sands. In Middlesex County, glacial till, glaciofluvial, and glaciolacustrine are found, along with a range of heavy clays to coarse gravel. Since agriculture has been the primary industry in the region, there has been little contamination of the soil.
The weather in the Elgin Middlesex region is comfortably mild, with winter temperatures averaging between -1°C to -9°C, rarely getting colder than -18°C. Summer temperatures average around 25 - 26°C, rarely surpassing 31°C. The average rainfall for the area ranges between 64 mm annually, with an average snowfall of 106 - 116 mm in January. The longest days have roughly 15 hours and 22 minutes of sunshine, with the shortest days having only 9 hours and 2 minutes of sun in the winter.
There are an estimated 6.3 months of the growing season from April 21 – October 31 annually. The milder weather and extended growing season make for an ideal location for farming. Livestock and crops do require additional attention in the summer during the hotter weather.
Freshwater is readily available throughout both regions, with many watersheds including Thames River, Kettle Creek, and Lake Erie. These regions are mainly supplied with water from the municipalities and cities.
The air quality in Elgin County is considered good. In contrast, the air quality in Middlesex County is considered to be fair. This quality level will not affect most people; however, those more sensitive to air quality changes may experience minor symptoms with prolonged exposure.
The Elgin and Middlesex region is a habitat for wetland wildlife such as birds and amphibians. There is a significant focus on preserving the wetland regions. Conservation groups have designated more acreage to support the ecosystem. Additionally, Lake Erie is home to freshwater fish, including small bass and pike. Insects found in the region include bees, butterflies, dragonflies, and gypsy moths.
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