Cronin Farm honoured at provincial level
BLUEVALE — Amy and Mike Cronin of Bluevale have received a lot of accolades in recent years and now they can add provincial recognition for their family farm operation to that list.
Members of the Cronin family have been featured in the Faces of Farming calender, named to provincial boards and put in positions where they are guiding the future of agriculture in the province, so it should come as no surprise that Mike and Amy have been chosen as Ontario’s Outstanding Young Farmers for 2015.
“It was humbling,” Amy said of the announcement at a gala event in Ottawa late last month. “We just sat there and looked at each other kind of shocked. We both thought it was quite an honour.”
The event served not only as a way to recognize the finalists and winners, but also a networking opportunity according to Amy.
“There were five finalists in Ottawa for the presentation,” she said. “They were all passionate about agriculture and from all different sectors with different operations. That was one of the most rewarding parts of going through the program: spending time with four other really successful couples in agriculture.”
The couple will travel to Edmonton, Alberta, later this year where Canada’s Oustanding Young Farmers for 2015 will be chosen. The event runs Nov. 17-22 and has the Cronins competing against six other winners from various regions across Canada for one of two national awards.
The competition is open to participants aged 18 to 39 who make the majority of their income from on-farm sources.
While the award was presented to the two of them, like all things on the farm, the Cronins said it has to be shared with their children.
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