Nuffield Scholars from Around the World Visit Huron County

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Rick Schilbe’s Maple Syrup

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Bayfield Berry Farm

 

 

 

 

The Town of Goderich has a great story to tell about resilience, as told by Susanna Reid from the County of Huron Planning Department. On the afternoon of Sunday, August 21, 2011, an F3 rated tornado tore across Huron County, striking many of the locations we saw on this tour, including the Port, the town’s Central Square, several of its largest industries including the salt evaporation plant, and damaging many homes.

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Salt being loaded at the Goderich Port

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Alan at the Compass Minerals Salt Evaporation Plant (sifto)

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Turning brine into salt for human consumption, water softeners and agriculture

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The tornado took only 13 seconds to cross the town and hit Sifto’s evaporator plant directly, where 300 Km per hour winds ripped the roofs and siding off most of the plant’s buildings. The $40 million re-build meant meeting critical delivery schedules and getting the workforce back on the job. In six months, the majority of the plant was weather tight and production was back in full swing on 90% of the equipment.

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Checking the crop field trials at Huron Commodities

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Adam VanderLoo telling us about natto soybean products

 

Huron Commodities specializes in identity preserved food grade soya beans, segregating them by variety, size, and protein and sugar content for distribution to different markets in the food industry. We learned about the natto soybean, used to make traditional Japanese fermented food products. We tasted some and yes! it is an acquired taste because of its strong flavor and slimy texture!

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About Kaytlyn Dale

#nuffield13 scholar passionate about sacred agriculture and holding space for transforming ourselves so that we can help regenerate the land, soil, Earth and our food system. Pursuing an MA that brings spirituality and agriculture together in the conversation.
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