Archives: Your Farmers

Diane Pastoor Diane Pastoor is a proud Canadian chicken farmer. A relative newcomer to farming, she is excited about the opportunities her family has been given in this growing industry. "It was always our dream to own a farm," says Diane, "and we moved to beautiful Saskatchewan to make our dreams come true." Moving from British Columbia… Meggie Villeneuve Make sure to check out Meggie and her family in the LOVE YOUR FARMER, LOVE YOUR SWIMMER campaign! Near the Ontario-Quebec border in Sainte-Marthe en Montéregie is a quaint little family farm. Currently owned by Simon and Isabelle Villeneuve, this multigenerational farm has been running since 1964. It looks like the family owned operation will have at… Kathy MacPhail Prince Edward Island is well known for its potatoes, its scenic coastlines, the red soil, and as being the home of Anne of Green Gables. It is also home to some of Canada’s world-class chicken farmers. P.E.I. chicken farmers grew over 3.7 million kilograms of chicken in 2014 and all play an important role in… Steve & Kahley DeVries When you first meet Steve and Kahley DeVries, it is almost impossible to not fall in love with their family. Their picture perfect home sits atop a small hill, surrounded by farmers’ fields. In the faint distance, you can hear their three energetic kids playing outside as their family dog roams freely around their property.… Andy Larner Farming in Newfoundland & Labrador has never been easy. The Newfoundland & Labrador Heritage website states it the best: "Newfoundland and Labrador’s climate and soil have not been conducive to agriculture." For anyone who has visited, it seems at times that there is more "rock" than "land" in Newfoundland, which is why many people know… Marc Cormier Marc Cormier is passionate about raising the best and healthiest chickens possible. Like the rest of Canada’s 2,800 chicken farmers, he is "proud to raise quality chicken Canadians can trust." Raising quality chicken is a way of life for the Cormiers. From the four new state-of-the-art barns on their St. Paul, New Brunswick farm near… Leonard Klassen While many chicken farmers focus on raising one type of chicken, there are farms throughout Canada that do more. Leonard Klassen along with his wife Kim and their three children are "dual-commodity" farmers, meaning they raise two different kinds of chickens. Located just outside Grunthal, Manitoba, the Klassen farm has two barns. Broilers, or birds… Ronald and Janneke Hamstra Ronald and Janneke Hamstra pride themselves on being organized. The Hamstras were dairy farmers in Alberta but moved east to Manitoba when they felt it was time for a change. Wanting to find a farm operation that was more flexible, they found an ideally sized farm in Landmark, just outside Winnipeg. Chicken farming suits the… Adolf Dalke Confidence and composure are two words that aptly describe Adolf Dalke. This experienced chicken farmer exudes calm and self-assurance, traits which have placed him in good stead in the over 40 years that he has been in the chicken business. Born in Germany, Adolf has spent most of his life in Southern British Columbia. He… Scott Wiens Perched in the corner of a hotel lobby, miles from home, Scott Wiens looks nothing like a stereotypical farmer. Cell phone in hand, he proceeds to tell the story of the Wiens household and the role chicken farming plays in ensuring his family has a stable lifestyle with a solid return on their investment. Scott… Sylvia Donkersgoed Generations of families have taken to chicken farming in Canada with unrivalled passion. Sylvia Donkersgoed is one chicken farmer who is maintaining her family’s farming legacy. "I was born and raised in the industry," explains Sylvia. Today, Sylvia runs her own diversified farm operation, not far from her brother’s, in southern Alberta. She raises roughly… Rick Wittenberg Rick Wittenberg and his family have carved out a niche for themselves near Centreville, close to the Bay of Fundy in Nova Scotia. A second-generation farmer, Rick, his wife Gail, and their three children, all in their twenties, have a flourishing poultry operation. Their family business includes a broiler farm, a partnership in a feed…