Where the Past Greets the Fututre
BUSINESS/DEVELOPMENT

Agriculture
The first apple orchard in Brighton was planted east of town in 1845 and the mansions and canning factories owned by fruit and vegetable packers are indications of the wealth the area's orchards and fields have produced. Brighton's beginnings are still evident today with over a hundred active farmers growing apples, to producing organic beef.

Today, residents and visitors have access to fresh fruits and vegetable year-round. Many farms have their own roadside markets or offer 'pick-your-own' services. Several farms now offer certified organic produce.

Agri-tourism is a popular attraction here in Brighton, with many on farm activities for the kids, corn mazes, hay rides, petting zoos and the annual Rural Ramble Farm Tours.

Agriculture Statistics
(1st number represents Brighton, the 2nd Northumberland County as a whole)

Farm and Farm Operators
Total Population 9,449 / 77,497
Total Number of Operators 205 / 1,570
Average Age of Operator 50.7 / 51.9
Total Number of Farms 136 / 1104

Land Use & Land Practices
Land Area (km2) 223 / 1903
Total Area of Farms (hectares) 11,962 / 102,655

Farm Finance
Total Gross Farm Receipts (Excluding Forest Products Sold) ($)
$25,357,557 / $123,298,980

Total Farm Capital (market value $)
$86, 174, 392 / $643,785,728


Agricultural Resources

Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs Census Statistics
www.omafra.gov.on.ca/english/stats/census/index.html

Canadian Farm Business Management Council
www.farmcentre.com

Ontario Federal of Agriculture
www.ofa.on.ca

Food Safety Network
www.foodsafetynetwork.ca

"The Real Dirt on Farming"
www.afac.ab.ca/publications/list.htm

The Ontario Plowmen's Association
www.plowingmatch.org

Warkworth Western Weekend
www.warkworthwesternweekend.com

Eastern Ontario Team Penning Association
www.eotpa.org

Ontario Dairy Farmers
www.milk.org

Ontario Pork
www.ontariopork.on.ca

Ontario Farmer Daily
www.ontariofarmer.com

Ontario Egg Farmers
www.getcracking.ca

Ontario Turkey Producers? Marketing Board
www.ont-turkey.on.ca

Ontario Sheep Marketing Agency
www.ontariosheep.org

Canadian Sheep Breeders Association
www.sheepbreeders.ca

Alpaca Ontario
www.alpacaontario.ca

Ontario Ratite Association
www.ontarioratite.com

Ecological Farmers Association of Ontario
www.efao.ca

Canadian Food Inspection Agency
www.inspection.gc.ca