Clark Young

(1893 - 1982)

Inducted in 1983

Origin: York Region

Nominated by: Ontario Plowmen's Association

Specialty: Crops, Crops - Seeds, Organizations

Clark Young was a lifelong exponent of good farming practices, using his Markham farm as a demonstration. An expert plowman, he trained many young people in this fundamental farming skill. One of the founders of the Ontario Plowmen’s Association in 1913, he was its treasurer for 41 years. He was also active in the Ontario Soil and Crop Improvement Association, being its second president. For his work with quality seed production, the Canadian Seed Growers’ Association honoured him with their prestigious Robertson Associate Award.

He was a winner every year for 28 years in the field crop competitions of the Royal Agricultural Winter Fair. In 1935, his farm won the York County Better Farm Competition. He still found time to be an active member of his community in church and service clubs.

A man who preferred to work “behind the scenes”, Clark Young’s contribution to better farming in Ontario was through his example, his coaching and his dedication to good cultivation.