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Rosemary Ishkanian raises Certified AWA laying ducks and geese at Willow Wood Farm on the Saanich peninsula of Vancouver Island, British Columbia. Farming has been a part of Rosemary’s life from a very early age, growing up in a rich agricultural area of Scotland. For the past few years, she has lived on a historical 10.5-acre property near Saanichton with a long homesteading heritage.
Felicity Wilson and Gordon Sweetnam began operating Kelowna Free Graze Lamb in 2014. Kelowna is a happy medium between Edmonton, Alberta, where Gordon grew up, and Felicity’s childhood home on Vancouver Island. As a meat sheep operation with an on-site slaughter plant, Kelowna Free Graze Lamb also combined their talents and interests: Gordon, who has an extensive livestock management background and most recently came from a Certified AWA cattle operation in Alberta, would focus on animal husbandry; while Felicity took responsibility for the farm’s slaughter plant and vegetable production.
Rainer and Gigi Krumsiek emigrated from Germany to British Columbia in 1993. Two years later, they purchased Big Bear Ranch—2,300 acres of mixed pasture and woodland in the foothills of the Cariboo Mountains and the perfect place to fulfill their dream of living from the land. The family went to work making the property a functioning farm and home.
By Animal Welfare Approved
| November 23, 2015
The A7 Ranche has a remarkable history: It was founded in 1886 by A.E. (Alfred Ernest) Cross, who picked the ‘A7’ brand to symbolize himself and his six siblings. Said to be the oldest ranch in Canada still in the hands of the original owners, the ranch is owned and operated by A.E.’s grandson, John Cross. John is renowned for his exemplary land stewardship of the 13,000 acres of open grassland in the eastern slopes of the Canadian Rockies that constitute A7 Ranche.
Fred Ings established Trail’s End Ranch near Nanton, Alberta, in the early 1900s. Over 100 years later, Fred’s great granddaughter, Rachel Herbert, and her husband, Tyler, are raising Certified Grassfed by AWA beef, very much like Fred did four generations ago.
While he was in school, Les Yates spent many enjoyable summers helping his grandparents on their farm in southwest Ontario, and subsequently spent most of his working career trying to figure out how to get back to the land. In 1993, Les and his wife, Chris, were finally able to purchase 327-acre Lemieux Creek Ranch in the Bulkley Valley in northwest British Columbia, named after Eric Lemieux, the first French Canadian to settle on the land in 1904.
By Animal Welfare Approved
| December 17, 2014
Jocelyn Biggs is the third generation of her family to live and work on the land in southeastern Alberta where her grandfather began farming in 1956. As the oldest of four girls who were homeschooled on the family ranch, Jocelyn took on many farm business responsibilities in her teenage years, and still works and lives on TK Ranch, her family’s 10,000-acre ranch, where she is responsible for managing inventory, customer relations, and weekly deliveries.
Roger Harley and family raise beef cattle on 350 acres of owned pasture–plus 1,000 acres of rented land–at Harley Farms near Keene in Ontario. The family started out farming in the UK, where they farmed over 4,500 acres. In 2000, Roger, Julie, James, and Emily moved to Canada, purchasing their present farm in 2002.
Lawrence Hollings believes the health of his soil is connected to the nutrition of his pastures and ultimately influences the health of his cattle—and the nutritional quality of the meat they produce.
Michael Smith has worked in many types of agricultural production, including raising pigs, poultry, dairy goats and beef cattle, as well as greenhouse growing, grain crops and honey. In 2001, he was able to purchase his own farm and has been farming full-time since 2005.