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Family Farm Deeply Rooted in New Brunswick Potato Belt

Ferm Givskud Farm Inc. has a long history of growing potatoes in New Brunswick. The third generation family farm near Grand Falls, N.B. has been in operation more than 85 years. “It was started by my grandfather, who came here in 1928 from Denmark. At that time it was mixed farm, potatoes and animals,” says current owner Mike Givskud. “In 1964, my father took over. He did mixed farming for one year,…

A Growing Business in Alberta

A lot has changed on Mike Wind’s southern Alberta potato operation since he started Windiana Farms back in 1990. For starters, the farm located near Taber, Alta., is much bigger. Initially it was 320 acres in size, but now Windiana comprises 3,600 acres of farmland — of that, 900 acres are dedicated to potatoes. “I started with a half section and have grown it to what it is today,” says Wind. “We…

Straight from the Field to the Store Shelves

Growing and selling fresh, local potatoes is the name of the game for Blair and Irene Lodder, who farm about 125 acres of potatoes in Grand Forks, B.C. “Today I dug potatoes and tomorrow the store will receive them,” Blair says. Lodder Potato Farms, which was started by Blair’s father, Tony, in 1956, trucks out potatoes daily to different grocery stores in the area, from Safeway and Loblaws to Quality Greens Farm…

Quebec Growers Renowned for Growing Yellow Potatoes

The potato growing operation Maxi-Sol Inc. is located in Saint-Paul de Joliette, Que., a 45-minute drive northeast of Montreal. Founded in February 2009, the company is co-owned and managed by Ninon Perreault and Francis Desrochers. “Maxi-Sol specializes in the production of table market potatoes,” says Desrochers, who is also the vice president of La Federation de Pommes de Terre du Quebec, the potato growers’ association in that province. “We cultivate a total…

Farming Aardappels in Alberta

For a country of its size, the Netherlands exports a surprising amount of agricultural products. In the case of the Hoogland family of Alberta, the country has also been known to export a few potato farmers, as well. Jacob Hoogland left his farm in the province of North Holland in the mid-1990s to see what opportunities there might be for a potato-farming family elsewhere. Holland is getting very expensive, he says, and…

Manitoba Farm Breeds Champion Potato Growers

Brock McIntosh has been around potatoes a long time. His dad and grandfather started growing potatoes at Mid-Man Farms in Carberry, Man., in 1965 — when McIntosh was just two years old — and he’s been a full-time farmer with the family operation since the age of 22. “My mom and dad made it possible for me to get into farming,” he says about his parents Don and Muriel, who still own…

P.E.I. Potato Farm Built on Family Values

Gerrit Visser & Sons is a thriving family farm dedicated to quality with a knack for adapting to an ever-changing marketplace. Emigrating from Holland in 1954, Gerrit Visser settled in the small community of Orwell Cove, P.E.I., and started a livestock operation. In 1980, he returned to his roots, giving up his dairy and pig operation to grow potatoes on 200 acres with the help of his wife, Fim, and their six…

Growing Potatoes—Off the Beaten Path

Back in 1995, William ‘Neil’ Thompson was looking to change things up on his Riverhurst, Sask., wheat farm. “At that time the price of cereals was down a little, and I was looking to even that operation out and make a bit of money,” says Thompson. That something different was potatoes, and Thompson’s initial planting efforts have grown into a bustling seed potato operation known as RAP 2000. Today, Thompson dedicates between…

Shifting with the Trends

Dale Rutledge remembers a time when drivers delivering the farm’s potatoes would tell their customers that the potatoes had slept in the ground the night before. “Our markets were more direct and local back then,” says Dale. “We would have our potatoes into the stores by 11 a.m.” Over the years, much has changed, with potatoes now having to travel much farther to warehouses to reach distant markets. Rutledge Farms has changed…

State-of-the-Art Storage Saves Crops

Jean-Marie Pelletier grew up surrounded by potatoes. It was hard not to, living in the northernmost point of New Brunswick’s potato belt, where the economy of his hometown, Drummond, is centred on potato production. Growing up on his father’s farm, the fourth-generation farmer and his two brothers, Rino and Marcel, learned all about potato farming and, with potatoes in his blood, Pelletier purchased his own farm in 1976 in order to grow processing…

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