In 2017, we're highlighting a new Ontario grain farmer every week. Get to know us!
Anita grows corn, soybeans, and wheat with her family just outside of Belwood, Ontario. Along with running their own farm and a grain elevator, the Burnett family also provides planting, harvesting and spray application services to other farmers. Anita did not grow up on a farm – she was raised in Mississauga, and moved to the farm when she married her husband Daryl. Anita and Daryl have four children, ages 16, 14, and twin 10-year olds. The kids all have their own roles and responsibilities at home and on the farm.
Matt grows corn, soybeans, wheat, and edible beans with his family just outside of Little Britain, Ontario. Matt studied agriculture at the University of Guelph’s Kemptville campus. After he graduated in 2005, Matt went home to become a seventh generation farmer, operating Hollinger Farms (Little Britain) Limited along with his father David. Together, they provide planting, harvesting, and trucking service to other farmers, Matt also operates Victoria County Grains Limited, a licensed grain elevator in Manilla, where they purchase, dry, and store corn, soybeans, and wheat. Matt and his wife Erin have three very energetic kids, Jake four, Beau two, and Cece six months old.
Briane is a farmer just outside of Millbrook, Ontario. He grows barley, corn, soybeans, and hay with his father and his uncle. Briane looks after most of the cropping decisions, while his father and uncle manage about 200 head of cattle in their cow calf herd and finishing operation. Briane has two children, ages 12 and 9. A third generation farmer, Briane spent 20 years away from the farm playing professional hockey in the American Hockey League, International Hockey League in Europe, and in the National Hockey League with the Florida Panthers. After seeing the world, Briane decided to return home to farm.
From planting to harvest in 2016, Anita, Matt, and Briane shared their lives on family grain farms in Ontario with us. You can see that there's so much more to farming than calculating spray rates and chores at dawn (although we do a lot of that, too).