Milking 60 cows they grow their own grass silage, corn silage and barley for feed. They enjoy the farm life and the challenges that raising cattle brings. Chris and Karen also have 3 daughters; Riley , Kira and Anja who are all involved with 4-H, sports and the farm. In addition to the farm, Chris owns and operates a software development business and is involved with developing applications, databases and websites for agri-based businesses and the medical industry. Chris is currently the president of the Inverness/Victoria Federation of Agriculture and looks forward to serving you on the provincial federation.
Victor has served on various agricultural boards over the years and is no stranger to beef show and sales. At the national level, Victor is the CFA Director for NSFA. Victor’s work on NSFA Committees includes: Agriculture Wildlife Issues Committee, Direct to Market Small Scale Working Group and Deadstock. Victor is also involved in 4H and Past President of the Canadian Hereford Association, Maritime Hereford Association and the Windsor Agricultural Society.
Although she didn’t grow up on a farm, Kimberly worked and learned alongside her husband in their flower and vegetable greenhouse operation before moving home to Nova Scotia to take on the family farm. She was also an educator for eleven years and holds a masters degree specializing in education and technology integration.Having the heart of an educator, Kimberly has taken the role of “New Entrant to Agriculture” in Nova Scotia very seriously and focuses on learning and excellence in her approach to agri-business. She has spearheaded the addition of a formal human resources system at Stokdijk Greenhouses; established an OFFS program for their CanadaGAP certification; and is developing a Farm Safety Program using the amazing tools and supports provided by CASA and Farm Safety Nova Scotia.
When not attending to farm business, Kimberly is actively involved in her other passion- education. Kimberly homeschools her 4 children; applying science, mathematics, economics, technology, and language in real-world situations and on the farm. Kimberly and her family are actively involved with their church family in finding practical ways to meet the needs of their community.
In all of her efforts, Kimberly hopes to have a positive influence on the agricultural industry for Nova Scotia’s next generation of farmers.
They started the farm in 2006 with a plot of land purchased from Michael’s father, a retired dairy farmer, at the age of 27. Initially, the farm business focused on custom work for neighbouring farms and grew about 50 acres of crops. The farm has now grown to about 1300 acres and they now grow corn, soybeans, and wheat on top of their custom work.One of the keys to their success has been diversification and not focusing on one or two commodities to spread the risk. In 2013, they invested in a grain center on their farm equipped with a grain dryer and storage capacity to increase their flexibility with their crops.
Amanda and Michael have two young children, Ian and Allison, who love the farm. As the children grow, their responsibility will grow and will learn about farming from the ground up. Amanda is very involved with her children’s school by regularly volunteering and contributing to the community.
Agriculture related organizations that Amanda is involved with include Soil and Crop Improvement Association of Nova Scotia, Atlantic Grains Council, Nova Scotia Institute of Agrologists, Farm Practices Board and she just recently became a Certified Crop Advisor.
As a young farmer, Amanda wants to be a voice for the new generation of farmers in Nova Scotia.
In previous years Dennis served as President of Clare Co-operative Shipping Ltd, Director and Vice-President of both Pork Nova Scotia and Digby County Federation of Agriculture and serve on Canadian Pork Council Safety Net Committee.
Dennis grew up working on his father’s farm. In 1994 he and his brother, Stanley, purchased Ferme L. Boudreau et Fils from their father. The farm has gone through many changes over the years. At one point they produced potatoes and beef for local sales and also a farrow to finish hog operation. In the early 90’s focus was placed on expanding and operating the hog facility. In 2007, due to poor market prices, the hog operation was closed. In 2008 the farm was totally remodeled to house the now, mink facility.
Dennis has always believed that many of his efforts in farm organizations was to try to make life on the farm better by all stakeholders working together for the benefits of all.