Canada’s Family Farmers

Historically, family farms have been an important part of Canadian agriculture, and they remain so today. In this feature, families from across Canada talk about their farms. Their stories highlight the diversity and modernity of family farming — family farms come in all sizes, from small scale holdings to large corporations, producing a wide range of crops and livestock. These stories show how farming has evolved over the years, adopting and adapting technical innovations and growing with changing ideas about agriculture.

Thank-you to Ag More Than Ever and Canadian Federation of Agriculture for their support of the project.

 Twitter 2014 International Year of Family Farming  #IYFF2014

Alain Bourgeois, Ferme du Passeporc, Quebec Alain Bourgeois, Ferme du Passeporc, Quebec cafm

Our farm, located in Mirabel, Quebec, is a farrowing operation, where the piglets are sold once they are weaned.

More
Brian Atkinson, Atkinson International, Ontario Brian Atkinson, Atkinson International, Ontario cafm

We have five farms, which altogether consist of over 725 acres, but some of that acreage is not workable. We’re located between Stayner and Base Borden, in a little town called New Lowell.

More
Davinder Bal, Valley Orchards, British Columbia Davinder Bal, Valley Orchards, British Columbia cafm

Our farm is located in Kelowna, a city nestled in the beautiful Okanagan Valley in British Columbia. We have over 100 acres of fertile farmland where we grow many different types of fruits and vegetables.

More
Yvan Bastien, Ferme Geobastien, Quebec Yvan Bastien, Ferme Geobastien, Quebec cafm

I operate an average-size dairy farm with 86 hectares and 50 cows at Sainte‑Anne- des‑Plaines in the Laurentian region of Quebec. I grow forage crops, silage corn, and mixed grain (oats, wheat, peas) as fodder for the cows.

More
Stephanie Compton, Rocky Beach Farms, Prince Edward Island Stephanie Compton, Rocky Beach Farms, Prince Edward Island cafm

Rocky Beach Farms is located in Savage Harbour, Prince Edward Island. We cultivate 130 acres of wild blueberries with an additional 70 acres under development.

More
Glenn Cooke, Cooke Aquaculture, Atlantic Canada Glenn Cooke, Cooke Aquaculture, Atlantic Canada cafm

Our family’s first farm consisted of two salmon cages at Kelly Cove, near St George, New Brunswick, stocked with 5,000 salmon smolts, which we purchased from a government hatchery.

More
Adrien Grenier, Manitoba Adrien Grenier, Manitoba cafm

We are hog producers in St Labre, a small farming community in southeast Manitoba. The year 2000 marked the centennial of the first Grenier to settle in the area.

More
Jon Krahn, Krahn Group of Companies, British Columbia Jon Krahn, Krahn Group of Companies, British Columbia cafm

The Krahn Group of Companies is a family owned and operated business spanning three generations and comprising three divisions: Paragon Farms, Paragon Feeds, and Topaz Developments.

More
Tom Rudge, Aurora Mountain Farm, Yukon Tom Rudge, Aurora Mountain Farm, Yukon cafm

Our family operates Aurora Mountain Farm, 35 kilometres northwest of Whitehorse, Yukon, in the Takhini River valley. Started in 2000, our property covers 160 acres, all of which is covered under our organic certification.

More
Kevin Veinotte, Nova Scotia Kevin Veinotte, Nova Scotia cafm

Our family farm is situated on five hundred acres of rolling pasture and mixed Acadian forests in the beautiful LaHave River valley in southern Nova Scotia.

More
Jackie Milne, Northwest Territories Jackie Milne, Northwest Territories cafm

My farm is three acres. It’s not fully under cultivation. I have cleared and garden beds in about half an acre, plus the greenhouses, which are 5,000 square feet. I also have a large animal area because I have two pigs and chickens and rabbits.

More
Back to top