John Maaskant, chair of the Ontario Farm Animal Council, recently unveiled the third annual Faces of Farming calendar.
"The Faces of Farming calendar is a showcase of the changing image of today's farmer," said Maaskant, in a press release.
"Today's farmers are not your grandfather's generation of farmer."
The unveiling, held at Guelph's Ontario Agri-Centre introduced 19 farmers who were chosen to represent each month.
"Many people are surprised at what today's farmers look like and what kind of farming we are committed to," said dairy farmer Peter Ruiter of Ottawa, one of the calendar's participants.
"We farm differently today than in the past", said Kristin Ego MacPhail, another participant and market garden and nursery stock farmer from Coldwater, near Orillia. "We care passionately about the environment, have many skills and talents, are active in our communities yet we all still maintain that important connection with our families and the land."
Faces of Farming shows the diverse nature of Ontario agriculturel, states the press release.
"When they're not farming, these participants are active in their communities as sports coaches and enthusiasts, 4-H leaders, church volunteers, musicians and agricultural ambassadors."
Participants come from across the province representing 11 types of livestock and crop farms.
"These are truly real farmers with real heart," added Maaskant.
"These farmers, this calendar and this event are a true celebration of the kind of people that are involved in farming 365 days of the year."
OFAC is the voice for animal agriculture, representing 40,000 livestock and poultry farmers, associations and businesses.