Mark Wales

Searching for Alternative Crops to Replace or Enhance Tobacco in Canada

Currently farming at Port Bruce Ontario, 10 kms south of Aylmer.

After 28 years am adjusting to life without tobacco.

Still grow fresh market vegetables for pick your own, roadside sales,and some stores.

My cropping program includes Peppers sweet and hot, Spanish Onions, Eggplant, Tomatoes, Specialty Fresh Beans, Sweet Corn, Garlic, Herbs, and Strawberries and Raspberries.

I also grow grain Hemp for edible oil production and conventional corn and soybeans.

I am currently the President of The Garlic Growers Association of Ontario.

I am a Director of the Ontario Federation of Agriculture, chair of the Farm Finance Trade and Taxation Committee, and vice-chair of The Labor Issues Co-ordinating Committee as well as The Ontario Agricultural Human Resource Committee.

With my partner Eleanor I assist with a Beef cow-calf operation in Eastern Ontario.