"When we decided to be a full-time grain farm, I spent many hours ripping out the fences that I helped put in when I was younger."
Timo and his family moved to Pinewood, Ontario (west of Thunder Bay) from Germany when he was a few months old, and his dad began managing a farm for a local family in the community. The Schmutz family, who owned the farm at the time, were having a tough time growing crops, and in 1991 they decided to become a beef farm. As the beef farm grew, Timo’s family began slowly purchasing the farm and crop land, growing their own crops. Timo and his sister grew up helping out with field work, feeding cattle and pasture management.
After finishing high school, Timo went on to the University of Guelph to study Agriculture. After he graduated, he returned to the farm. About 3 years ago, Timo and his father started selling the beef herd and preparing the fields for full time grain production.
Now the farm has transformed for a second time since the Brielmann family’s arrival. Timo is 27 years old and farming with his parents full time: they grow barley, oats, soybeans, wheat, and canola, and they are also beginning to grow corn. Using modern technologies like tile drainage, the grain business is now able to sustain the farm, and Timo and family are planning on expanding and improving the business in the years to come.
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