"After a few off farm jobs and living in the city, I couldn’t wait for a day off to go home to the farm."
Eleanor and her family farm corn, soybeans, wheat, hay, and garlic, and they also raise cattle. For over twenty years, Eleanor has been a strong voice representing farmers locally and provincially through the Ontario Federation of Agriculture and the Leeds Federation of Agriculture. She also served on the local council for five terms, as she loves advocating for agriculture and her community.
"It's hard work, but you learn to appreciate the little things in life when you are so closely connected to the land."
Christine did not grow up on a farm — she married into one. Her great-grandparents farmed in the Phillippines, where they grew cacao and other produce indigenous to the area. Christine’s husband, John, is a multi-generation farmer. The McNaughton’s farmed in Perth County before moving north to Manitoulin Island in the 1980s.