2021 was another interesting year for all of us. Farming activities at Cornell Farms - calving, planting, harvest, etc. continued as usual although the growing season was somewhat challenging with a major drought. We were lucky to receive some of the free hay coordinated by Beef Farmers of Ontario. What a gift! We also purchased corn silage from a neighbour and sent some cattle out to Manitoba to be custom grazed so we will be alright for this winter.

Meat and cattle sales continued their upward swings. Farm markets were operating again as in previous years following all safety protocols. Our chickens are always fun to have around as well.

We again had another good hop harvest. we were able to try out the new community hop harvester. We had the plants harvested in no time.

Aiden Gary Cornell

We have a new addition to the Cornell Farms family with the birth of Garnet and Michelle's son Aiden in early December. What a joyful event for all of us.

harlotte was very excited in her role of big sister.

Garnet is now the Environmental Supervisor for New Gold - Rainy River Project. Michelle has just started maternity leave from her job as pharmacy technician at a local drug store in Fort Frances.

Kelsey - Best Young Brewer in Canada

We also celebrated Kelsey's award as Best Young Brewer in Canada and Flux Brewery, where she works, as Best New Brewery in Canada. What an accomplishment so early in her career.

Rebecca continues to work as a large animal veterinarian in Kirkton, Ontario. They have been up for a visit a few times in the spring and fall.  It's always great to have them home.

Kim's parents, Gordon and Jeannine Cornell are both doing well and still living at home just 1 road over from the farm. Gordon helps out when he can, and will be 93 in January.

Pat's parents, Earle and Joanne Clysdale and sister Marie visited in late August. Earle continues to help out Ralph and Brenda (daughter) on their farm in southern Ontario on a regular basis. He just turned 92 in October. Joanne had some surgery on her nose but all is well and she is doing fine.

Marie's son Earle married Bella this year and we were all able to watch it live-streaming. The internet is a great way to keep in touch. Pat was even able to see her Mom's childhood home moved to a new location. Very exciting!

Agribition Fun

We stayed fairly close to home this year. Pat and Kim did meet up with Rebecca and Kelsey for Agribition in Regina in November.

During that time we also visited the McMain Family (Jeannine's sister), attended Mike and Joanne Neilson's charolais dispersal sale, and did some touring throughout southern Saskatchewan. We found the best toy store ever in Maple Creek so be sure to stop by if you are passing through.

Besides the fun we have with our family, Kim and Pat continue to keep busy.

Kim continues to travel throughout the region for Farmers' Markets on top of all his farming duties. He is also a member of the Northern Ontario Heritage Fund board.

Pat continues to work as a Justice of the Peace based in the Fort Frances Courthouse and is very busy doing courts throughout the region via zoom. Since church services started after Labour Day, Pat has been playing the piano for the local United Church since their music director decided not to return. What a challenge! Her sight-reading is improving!

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We also had a few articles written about Cornell Farms in the Northern Ontario Business News, the Today's Angus Advantage Magazine (Page 22), the Backswath Management Client Success Story and the Canada Angus Website. Be sure to check them out.

Best Wishes for 2022

Hope you have a happy holiday season and best wishes for 2022.

Kim, Pat, Rebecca, Kelsey, Garnet, Michelle, Charlotte and Aiden
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