Small Scale Farming
The 2017 4-H Farm Toy Club held their first meeting of the year at the shop of Carl and Julie Sterling, in Pain Court, on December 19th.
The members were welcomed by leaders, Carl, Julie, Rob and Katrina Sterling. Members worked in groups to do a farm toy unscramble activity and got to know one another. Elections were held. The President of the club is Carson Sayers, Vice President–Kyle Ross, Treasurer–Josh Heyboer and Press Reporter–Matthew Sterling. Other eager members are Ian Lawton, Ryan Heyboer, Adam Smith, Alec Cameron and Wyatt Ball.
Club objectives and requirements were discussed. Each member will have a 3 foot by 3 foot board where they will be able to work on a 1/64th scale farm display. Safety is a priority when working on the displays and the leaders discussed the use of tools and the safety equipment and practices required. The members were able to cut some dense foam and glued it to the plywood. The foam will allow for items to be attached to the board and will allow for variations in the landscaping. The displays will have an adjoining road so that the displays can be set up side by side. Members will learn how to make various items such as trees, buildings and hydro poles for their display. Members were left with the task of painting the surface of the foam with a light colour to be completed for the next meeting.
The upcoming Chatham-Kent Toy Show and Sale was discussed. The show will be held on Sunday, January 15th at the John D. Bradley Convention Centre in Chatham. Members of the club will be able to assist with various tasks at the show. Many members plan to display some of their projects that they have completed on their own.
The clubs next meeting will be held at the farm of Carl and Julie Sterling on January 7, at 9 a.m.
Written by: Matthew Sterling