Eric Prelaz, 52 weeks of #YourFarmers

Eric Prelaz

“Our passion, hard work, and determination has helped us grow within the agriculture industry. We believe in the acceptance to change, and diversification on our farm as well as producing the highest quality of food for our family and others.”

Eric is a third generation farmer near Thamesville Ontario. He grew up on Triple P Farms, which was formed in 1985. His Nonno (grandfather) and Nonna (grandmother) immigrated to Canada in 1959 from Italy with dreams of owning and operating their own farm. In 1971, that dream became reality when my Nonno bought our first 56 acre farm. The family farm was later formed into Triple P Farms founded by Eric’s father Jim, his twin brother Jerry, and their youngest brother Dario, where they are now cropping around 4000 acres. Continue reading “Eric Prelaz, 52 weeks of #YourFarmers”

Harvey Handsor, 52 weeks of #YourFarmers

Harvey Handsor

Farming in Chatham-Kent since 1846, the Handsor family has witnessed many changes in agriculture. Today, Harvey Handsor farms with his brother Stuart, outside Wallaceburg, Ontario. Currently growing corn, soybeans, wheat, and sugar beets, the farm once hosted livestock such as pigs and cattle. In the 1990’s, as markets and interests changed for the family, livestock was phased out. Continue reading “Harvey Handsor, 52 weeks of #YourFarmers”

Stephen Boersma, 52 weeks of #YourFarmers

Stephen Boersma

        I’m studying crops now every day, and it’s just amazing what they’re capable of.

Stephen’s family grows corn, soybeans, and winter wheat on their farm near Exeter, ON, where they also raise broiler chickens and grow white beans. His grandparents began farming when they came over from the Netherlands in the mid 1950’s. Eventually, his father was able to quit his off-farm job as a truck driver to join the farm full-time. Now, Stephen and his brothers are involved in the day to day operation, and their grandparents have retired. Continue reading “Stephen Boersma, 52 weeks of #YourFarmers”

Emma Anger, 52 weeks of #YourFarmers

Emma Anger

Emma grew up on Colchester Farms, her family’s grain farm just outside of the small town of Harrow, ON. Emma is the fourth generation in her family’s five generation farm, which started as a dairy and grain operation (they sold the cattle in 1996). The Anger family now grow upwards of 3,000 acres of corn, soybeans, and winter wheat. The family also operates a trucking business, hauling grain for other farmers; they also do custom harvesting and seeding for other farmers. Continue reading “Emma Anger, 52 weeks of #YourFarmers”

Amy Reymer, 52 weeks of #YourFarmers

Amy Reymer

        Hard work and passion drive the farming industry, and I am blessed to have been raised in the heart of it.

Amy’s family farms just outside of Aylmer, Ontario, where they grow corn, soybeans, wheat, and dry beans. Amy is currently in her fourth year of Agricultural Science at the University of Guelph, and she enjoys staying involved both at school and at home. Amy’s parents, Bill and Ann Marie, run the family farm. The family works together as a team, including Amy’s younger sisters Karen and Lindsay. Amy is excited by the advancements in agriculture, and what the future holds with new technologies. Continue reading “Amy Reymer, 52 weeks of #YourFarmers”

Justin Dorland, 52 weeks of #YourFarmers

Justin Dorland

        I get to be my own boss and enjoy the freedom that brings. I also enjoy the satisfaction at the end of the day when the work is done, knowing I worked hard to produce top quality agriculture products. Farming can also be challenging, especially as we are running our own business.

Justin farms outside of Brighton, Ontario, raising a herd of dairy cattle and growing approximately 210 acres of corn and soybeans. After graduating from the University of Guelph with a Bachelor’s of Science in Agriculture and majoring in agronomy, Justin now farms in a partnership with his parents Bill and Arlene. He is the 8th generation in his family to farm; the original homestead was settled in 1837 (the same land he cares for today). Justin continues to farm as he enjoys the freedom this career choice brings him. Continue reading “Justin Dorland, 52 weeks of #YourFarmers”

Jonathan McRae, 52 weeks of #YourFarmers

Jon McRae

Jonathan farms with his wife Jen, brother Matt, and father Alfred, outside of Brooke-Alvinston in Lambton County. They work hard to grow healthy Ontario grains: corn, soybeans, and wheat. They also grow and sell seed corn, seed soybeans, and seed wheat for other farmers to grow. Both brothers work full time off the farm, while also dedicating the time to this fourth generation farm. Jonathan wanted to farm from a young age as he was always interested in day to day dealings of a farm operation. He still farms today due to the great lifestyle a farm offers and enjoys the hard but rewarding work and the opportunity to work outside each day. Continue reading “Jonathan McRae, 52 weeks of #YourFarmers”

Reuben DeJong, 52 weeks of #YourFarmers

Reuben DeJong

        We manage the resources we have as efficiently as possible so that this farm will be here for generations to come.

Reuben grows corn, soybeans, wheat, and canola (new this year) in the hills of Northumberland County. Reuben is a graduate of Kemptville College (now the University of Guelph’s Kemptville Campus) and a third generation farmer. Continue reading “Reuben DeJong, 52 weeks of #YourFarmers”

Amanda Craven, 52 weeks of #YOURFARMERS

Amanda Craven

        Farming is definitely in our family. My dream is to come home and keep working in agriculture, and farm on the home farm with my family. I want to use what I’ve learned to make things even more efficient for future generations.

The Craven farm used to have an award-winning dairy cow breeding program. Eventually, the dairy operation was sold and the focus of the farm turned to crop production (interestingly enough, the farm was focused on crops before the dairy operation began). The Craven farm is full of history, and Amanda believes it is a testament to how agriculture has changed throughout the years.

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Lindsay Menich, 52 weeks of #YOURFARMERS

Lindsay Menich

        The amount that your work integrates with your life is so complete in agriculture. It becomes part of your identity, which can be a blessing and also a challenge.

Lindsay’s roots are in agriculture on both sides of her family. Her mother’s family has farmed their now 600 acre corn, soybean and wheat farm for nearly 200 years, while her father’s family grows tobacco and ginseng as well as corn and soybeans. Lindsay and her husband Drew Patterson now farm with both sides of the family near Burgessville, Ontario, where they grow grains, tobacco, ginseng, and most recently hops. Lindsay also works at her mother’s commercial grain elevator, Homeland Grain Inc.

Neither Lindsay nor Drew intended to farm after university, but they decided to leave their jobs in the city to explore new careers in agriculture. Life on the farm definitely is more – more work, more stress, and much more interesting!

Lindsay loves the challenge of growing crops in the most sustainable way possible, and is proud of the fact their farm is an established no-till farm. She is also proud to be one of the 1% producing food for the world, and she is excited for the future of sustainable agriculture in Ontario and beyond.

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In 2017, we’re highlighting a new Ontario grain farmer every week. Get to know us!