Thursday, July 19, 2012

Blog Guelph: A Game of Clouds

Baling Time Again by Karen Brodie
Baling Time Again, a photo by Karen Brodie on Flickr.

Drought is much more than something you see in old Westerns. For many of us here in Guelph, it's become a reality that we're facing. Farmers are losing their crops, lawns and gardens are dehydrated, and the empty clouds keep on moving. We had a great lightning show this week with terrific thunder, tornado watches, and all kinds of severe weather warnings... but all amounting to less than a few drops of rain.

It's a game of clouds really. Isn't it?

We all love our local farmers and our heart goes out to them. This is more than just parched backyards, it's parched crops, withered away in fields all around us. For these farmers, this game leaves them with a losing hand.

So, let's do what we can to give them a helping hand.

It was announced this Tuesday that the provincial government will help farmers - our Premier assured us of this on his recent visit to Guelph.

But there's more that we can do as well. We can continue to support our local farmers by buying their food. The Farmer's Market is open on Wednesdays as well as Sundays now and some places even encourage visitors to their farms.

On my recent parlay into the Sculpture Park at MacStew I realized how many of our sculptures are about agriculture and its importance to our community. From the Harvester to the Stray Plow, the role of the land runs throughout the curation of these works.

To me, Guelph and land have always been synonymous items. Our agricultural legacy is something we should be deeply proud of and something that we continue to foster and care for into the future. 

And in the game of clouds, we'll eventually win.

~ Aidan M.D. Ware

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