GUELPH — The Ontario Agricultural Hall of Fame gallery has recently relocated to the OMAFRA building.
The gallery’s new home is 1 Stone Road West in the Guelph headquarters of the Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs (OMAFRA). Located on the main floor near the conference centre, the new gallery wall displays the two most recent years of inductees, along with sponsor and supporter information.
“We’re very excited to have our inductees so prominently displayed in the OMAFRA building,” said Kelly Daynard, current president of the Ontario Agricultural Hall of Fame (OAHF). “The gallery has increased visibility and easy accessibility which allows us to better profile, and honour, past, current and future inductees.”
Noting OAHF’s mission to “acknowledge, record and preserve the contributions made by leaders to the growth and development of Ontario’s agriculture and agri-food industry and rural communities across the province,” Daynard added, “There isn’t a better home for the OAHF than the government building, where those who had an impact on Ontario agriculture can be showcased.”
An official opening has not been possible because of COVID restrictions.
The OAHF first opened in 1980 with nine inductees. It was previously housed in Guelph at the Ontario AgriCentre since 2016, and in Milton for almost 40 years before that.
The hall’s next induction ceremony will take place on June 12, 2022.