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Old Macdonald had a farm....
...Old William Christopher Macdonald that is, who planned and funded Macdonald College on the west island of Montreal.
When it opened its doors in 1907, 110 years ago, Macdonald College was one of the most modern agricultural colleges in the world, and the largest in Canada.
It was not just a teaching farm, but was often opened to the community. I remember my Mom going there in the fall to pick a bushel of fresh apples to make her famous, prize-winning apple pies. The Girl Guides and Boy Scouts did orienteering on the grounds of the college. The public can have a guided tour of the farm during the summer.
With spring hopefully looming in the not too distant future, mosey on down to the Morgan Arboretum for their annual sugaring off. I remember the first time my parents took us for maple taffy on snow and when we got home we had our Dad tap the only sugar maple on our property. Of course it takes more than one tree to get enough sap to make maple syrup hahaha.
William Macdonald didn't stop with the college, he also funded an elementary and a high school, both of which I attended. I also worked at the college coffee shop for a time when I was in high school.
The Macdonald Farm Journal, 1952-1968
Clan Macdonald Yearbooks, 1932-2000
Macdonald College Magazine, 1910-1932
The Macdonald Journal, 1940-1952
The Dram (Macdonald College Newspaper)
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