PERTH EAST — A farm couple that planted more than 12,000 trees on their farm are the newest members of the Stratford Perth Museum Agriculture Wall of Fame.
Roger and Elaine Cook of Double CC Farm at North Easthope (part of Perth East) near Stratford bring the total number of inductees into the wall of fame to 21. The wall of fame first started inductions in 2014.
The Cooks took over the family dairy farm in 1970, and soon after started planting trees for windbreaks, shelterbelts, stream buffers and block plantations. Tree planting is now an annual event for the Cooks and has led to three decades of community tree plantings with 30 neighbouring families and friends as part of the Upper Avon Conservation Club.
The couple has also been involved with the Huron/Perth chapter of the Ontario Woodlot Association, the Fryfogel Tavern arboretum and nature preserve initiative, the Brocksden School Museum, Ellice/Gadshill Swamp management plan, the Stratford Perth Museum, the Thames Talbot Land Trust and Stratford Field Naturalists.
They’ve also been involved with 4-H clubs, Girl Guides, the Avon Trail, Perth County Milk Committee, the Perth County Federation of Agriculture, the Stratford and District Agricultural Society, the Mitchell Pioneer Club and area plowing matches.