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 least 50 more years thanks to their children, Meggie and Adam.
Meggie and Adam always knew that they would end up on the family farm. “I think that was never a question, at least for me » says Meggie. Her passion for agriculture began an early age, as she grew up helping her family on the farm. As for Adam, he never envisioned another career path. “I grew up watching my grandfather farm these lands, and my dad farm these lands. Now it’s my turn and I know it’s where I want to be.”
Before school, after school, on weekends, for years Meggie, Adam and their family worked tirelessly on their cash crop and dairy operation. They eventually sold their dairy quota to focus solely on crops, however, things changed when Isabelle decided she wanted to try her hand at chicken farming and Meggie took a liking to it instantly.
“What I like the most about chicken farming is the bird’s evolution. I love observing them, watching them explore and I take pride in caring for them during growth.”
Since then, their chicken farm has expanded and they produce over 162 000 chickens a year.
“Supply management enables me to grow chicken for a living and get a fair return. It also guaranties that Canadians get high quality, local products at a reasonable price. I take pride in the birds I raise with the help of my mom, and knowing Canadians love our products…well it makes it all worth it.”
Now in college, Meggie is studying Agriculture Management with the goal to eventually take over the livestock operation on the family farm. Adam, on the other hand, is finishing-up high schools while looking at possibly joining Meggie in the Agriculture Management program. He is aiming to take over the crop side of the operation.
FUN FACTS ABOUT MEGGIE:
Facebook: Meggie Villeneuve