Presented in partnership between The Royal Agricultural Winter Fair, The University of Guelph, and the Ontario150 Fund, A Place to Grow is an interactive chronological walk through time that celebrates the past, present and future of agriculture and food in the province of Ontario. Patrons to The Royal will learn about many important aspects of the province's food production including the earliest known Indigenous agricultural practices, early homesteading, the impact of machines, the role of science and innovation, and the path forward as we apply the latest technological advances to meeting our province's food requirements.

We have developed several learning modules that tie into A Place to Grow. Please click on the links to download the PDF documents.
Junior – Pioneer Problems and Space-Age Solutions – A Fun Exercise for Children to Apply Their Creative Problem-Solving to Vexing 19th Century Problems
Junior – The Three Sisters – A Unique Planting Technique Developed by Canada's First Nations
IntermediateOntario's Hidden Harvest – A Fun Scavenger Hunt for Traditional Indigenous Plant Life
SeniorFrom Fish Poop to Food – A Guide on How to Grow Food Using Aquaponics

Scroll through the interactive timeline below and click on the images to learn more about Ontario's fascinating agricultural history. You may be surprised at what you discover.

John Deere

John Deere has been available in Ontario for well over a hundred years and each evolution of the John Deere line of equipment has been there to ensure our Canadian farmers have the best tools at their disposal. Come and see how mechanization changed and continues to change the face of farming and see firsthand the evolution of the tractor.

University of Guelph

The University of Guelph has been at the forefront of Canadian agricultural innovation since 1874. Did you know that the Yukon Gold potato was developed there in 1966? Did you know that most of the asparagus we are consuming today was also a product of the University? The University will be on hand to highlight some of their many achievements and reveal what (literal) groundbreaking developments they are working on currently that will once again change how Canadians eat.