Nuffield Scholars from Around the World Visit Huron County

Rick Schilbe’s Maple Syrup
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.

Salt being loaded at the Goderich Port
Alan at the Compass Minerals Salt Evaporation Plant (sifto)
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.

Checking the crop field trials at Huron Commodities
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!

Published by Kaytlyn Creutzberg, BSc, NSch, MA

#SayItLikeItIs: Kaytlyn writes not only about applying a spiritual care therapeutic model to farming, but also how collective cultural narratives impact the choices we make that result in a pervasive "don't care" attitudinal construct towards Earth and Her landscapes. (formerly Gayl)

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