Sponsored by the Ottawa Valley Seed Growers Association
offering the latest in merchandise and services for farmers and other rural residents
The Ottawa Valley Farm Show is Ontario's longest running agricultural trade
show. From the beginning, it has been organized by farmers for farmers on a
non-profit basis.

The 87th edition of the Ottawa Valley Farm Show (OVFS) is gearing up. More than
350 exhibitors will be on hand at the Ernst & Young Centre offering a wide range
of farm machinery, equipment and services.

Thanks to all who helped to make the 2013 Ottawa Valley Farm Show such a great
Since this Ottawa Valley Seed Growers website first opened on January 20, 2003,
this page has welcomed  86,573
visitors as of March 18, 2014.
Farm Show Dates are March 10, 11, 12, 2015
At the Ernst & Young Centre, Ottawa, Ontario, Canada

Hours of Operation
Tuesday, March 10, 2015:  9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Wednesday, March 11, 2015:  9:00 am - 8:00 pm
Thursday, March 12, 2015:  9:00 am - 4:00 pm

See you at the 2015 Ottawa Valley Farm Show
March 10, 11, 12, 2015
Ernst & Young Centre,
4899 Uplands Drive, Ottawa, Ontario
The floor plan for the 2014 Ernst & Young Centre is now online.
The path is  Exhibitor Information > Exhibitor List > Floor Plan
This logo represents the Farm Show Council
which comprises several major annual farm
shows across North America and beyond.The
Ottawa Valley Farm Show belongs to the
prestigious organization which strives to
improve the presentation and experience
supplied by its members through education,
communication and evaluation.
Ottawa Valley Seed Growers president John
Roosendaal receives from Jeff Waldroff one of the first
copies of the 2015 International Plowing Match
cookbook at a recent gathering in Finch where the
event will be held. Using several of the recipes,
organizing committee members prepared a lunch for
Roosendaal and other guests, including Ottawa Valley
Farm Show general manager Tom Van Dusen. The
Seed Growers donated $10,000 from the proceeds of
their annual farm show to help fund the cook book
containing 900 regional recipes. An IPM tradition, it
sells for $12 a copy.

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January 22, 2014

A company called Event Fair has resumed contacting some Ottawa Valley Farm Show exhibitors and asking them to update information for its
Exhibitors Index. While this pitch may be harmless, OVFS management wants to emphasize that the show has no connection to Event Fair
and has not approved this solicitation in any way. The list of exhibitors we post on our web site as a service to companies and their customers
is freely accessible and obviously where Event Fair got its contacts. Without knowing any other details, we suggest our exhibitors do not
respond to Event Fair emails or letters.

Tom Van Dusen
OVFS General Manager
During a donor appreciation event held Oct.
17 at the Children's Hospital of Eastern
Ontario, the Ottawa Valley Seed Growers
Association was publicly thanked for its
contributions to the institution over the past
20 years. The association reached the
Diamond Category ($100,000 - $499,999) of
giving to CHEO through the annual
Prestigious Pedigreed Seed Sale held as
part of the Ottawa Valley Farm Show.

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Seed Growers President John Roosendaal presents awards to University of Guelph Kemptville
Campus bursary winners.

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The Ottawa Valley Seed Growers Board of
Directors met in Kemptville on February
18, 2014, to finalize plans for the 2014
Ottawa Valley Farm Show. They posed for
a group photo after the meeting.
2016:  March 8, 9, 10, 2016
2017:  March 14, 15, 16, 2017
Ottawa Valley Farm Show manager Tom Van Dusen and director Burt Grundy staff the
booth during the  Mayor's Rural Expo held recently at Ottawa City Hall. Van Dusen
noted the farm show was invited to participate and was pleased to do so as one of the
largest agricultural events held annually within the city limits.
August 12, 2014

Mary Joynt of Smiths Falls has retired as secretary-treasurer of the Ottawa Valley Seed Growers Association, sponsors of the Ottawa Valley Farm Show.

Joynt performed the duties for 27 years, beginning when the spring farm show, a smaller event than it is today, was held at Lansdowne Park. She was a key component as the show
expanded to occupy every bit of indoor space at Lansdowne and when it relocated three years ago to the EY Centre beside Ottawa International Airport… a massive undertaking.

Joynt’s contribution to the success of the OVFS was officially recognized during the association’s recent annual meeting held at Winchester. She had considered leaving the position for
more than a year. Mary joined her husband John in being confirmed as an honourary director of the association. She was presented with flowers, earrings and a travel voucher. OVSGA
president John Roosendaal cited her dedication to the job over many years.

As Joynt’s replacement, a hiring committee chose Arlene Ross of Russell who’s well known in Eastern Ontario agricultural circles for her involvement in 4-H, the Soil and Crop
Improvement Association and the Environmental Farm Plan.

In charge among many other things of keeping meeting minutes and association financial records, Joynt said there was no single reason that precipitated her decision other than “it was

Along with general manager Tom Van Dusen, Joynt booked and billed 350 exhibitors and was the familiar face behind the counter during farm show check-in. “Mary joked that I
probably wanted to work with somebody younger,” Van Dusen said. “Not true at all. Nothing beats experience and Mary and I have been a smoothly operating team for years.”

The departing secretary-treasurer will help train her replacement, adding she doesn’t plan to completely remove herself from the organization. She’ll volunteer to help out at the 2015
farm show.  “The Seed Growers and the show have been part of my life for a very long time.”

Tom Van Dusen, GM, OVFS, 613-445-3407.
Mary Joynt of Smiths Falls has retired as Secretary-Treasurer of the Ottawa Valley Seed Growers Association.
Her duties have now been assumed by Arlene Ross of Ottawa.
  Arlene Ross
Ottawa Valley Seed Growers Association
613 791-3900