KATE DUBINSKI | QMI AGENCY
LONDON, Ontario – Amish buggies could soon be a thing of the past on rural Southwestern Ontario roads, with skyrocketing farm prices pushing expanding families to look elsewhere to settle.
Two families from the conservative religious group in a settlement near Stratford, Ont., went to Prince Edward Island last week to check out farmland on the east coast, where land is 10 times cheaper than here.
“It’s night and day. Land prices here are $15,000 to $20,000 an acre. That’s unaffordable for a mixed-use farm operation,” said Tony Wallbank, the Princeton, Ont. man who drove the two families to P.E.I.
In P.E.I., farmland goes $1,500 to $2,500 an acre, he said.
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