Hello there and welcome! My name is Mary Ann and I'll be your tour guide at the farm.
I have been a primary teacher for 32 years and thoroughly enjoyed that career, particularly whenever I had an opportunity to share my knowledge, skills and values about nature, the farm or the environment. Recently I decided to unite my zest for teaching with my passion for agriculture by providing farm learning experiences at home on my farm. My goal is to bring knowledge of Canadian farming to youth who would not normally experience it. In addition to years of teaching experience, I have also had other opportunities to share my life and passions with others. I have been a 4-H leader since 1974, and a director with the Durham Central Agricultural Society since 1992. Recently, I have become involved with the Farm and Food Care in an attempt to bridge the information gap between consumers and the people who work on the farm. I currently serve as a director of Durham Region Federation of Agriculture and past chair the Farm Connections steering committee which is a group attempting to provide resources and opportunities for urban folk to learn more about agriculture. I am also a director with the Durham Region Pork Producers Association and work with the Durham Region Cattlemen and the Durham Region Sheep Producers on various agricultural promotion endeavours at fairs and local festivals. I take an active role in our church and serve on the Branch and District level of Women's Institute. I love what I do and am proud to be a farmer.
Thanks for visiting this site and I hope to see you soon!
My husband Stan and I are proud to be continuing the agricultural heritage that began four generations ago. Stan's Grandfather purchased the 80 acre farm in 1882 and grew crops and livestock to provide for his 8 children. Stan's father, Arthur, inherited the farm from his father. He operated as a mixed farm, selling product to the local stores and doing a bit of custom work. In due time, after working alongside his father, Stan inherited the farm and focused on raising beef and swine with a small cash crop enterprise and some sweet corn. We have raised 4 children who are all keenly interested in agriculture. Today Stan works the farm and an additional 600 acres with the help of our eldest son, Brad, who has a sheep enterprise. Our other children help out as their jobs and school commitments permit. The animals on this farm are raised without the use of growth hormones or steroids. They are fed grains and legumes grown on the farm using conventional farming methods. You may purchase beef, pork, lamb, roasting chickens, turkeys or fresh brown eggs at the farm gate. If Mother Nature cooperates there is a supply of fresh sweet corn in August and September. As a former elementary teacher, I conduct educational farm tours for schools and community groups such as Beavers, Sparks, or Seniors groups. Tours occur between mid-April and December and are planned to meet the curriculum needs or the focus of the group attending. When you tour this farm on any given day, you indeed will sense the dedication, compassion, viability and legacy of a family farm.Make an appointment to visit soon