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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.
Dwayne Hachman is the third generation to farm the 150 acres of land in Bruce County, Ontario, that originally came into the Hachman family in 1929. He raises sheep, goats, and pigs on pasture at Hillcrest Farm near Walkerton with his wife, Jennfier, and their three children, Kaylia, Kyle and Jessica.
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.
Owen and Neila Nelsen raise beef cattle on 840 acres of improved pasture at Full Nelsen Farms in Vegreville, Alberta. The couple both grew up on farms in Alberta: Neila on a federal cattle research center in the southern part of the province, and Owen on a family farm in the north.
In 1909, Don Ruzicka’s great-grandparents moved to Alberta from Fairdale, North Dakota, and purchased the land that would later evolve into Ruzicka Sunrise Farm. Don and his wife, Marie, moved to the farm in 1983, and farmed conventionally until 1995. But after taking a course in holistic management they decided to manage the farm using holistic principles, working in harmony with nature.
Yves Saint-Vincent’s father wanted him to follow in his own footsteps and become a firefighter. But instead, Yves chose to follow in his grandfather’s footprints and began a conventional dairy and beef operation, in 1958. However, after many years of conventional production, Yves woke one day and said, “Enough!” He sold his herd and spent two years traveling the world with his wife, Diane, visiting farms in many countries and, as Yves says, “learning from intelligent farmers, raising animals differently.”
For over 50 years, TK Ranch has been committed to taking care of the wild prairie and producing quality beef for Albertans. Situated about a three-hour drive southeast of Edmonton, 10,000-acre TK Ranch is located in the endangered northern fescue grasslands of east-central Alberta. Thomas Koehler Biggs established TK Ranch back in 1956; today, three generations live and work on the ranch, raising beef cattle and meat sheep that are Certified Grassfed by AWA and Certified AWA pigs.