Passionate about telling the public about her family’s 200 year old egg farm, Steph has undertaken a number of projects to achieve her goal.
“I enjoy showing my urban friends the farming life. We try to hold open houses and barn tours at least once a year.”
During her time at Guelph while she completed her Crop Science degree, Steph was secretary of the Poultry Club. Within two years the club increased to 60 members from 30, and had members both with and without farming backgrounds.
The poultry club’s main objective was to get students interested and involved in the poultry industry. They toured farms, worked on a video in partnership with the Poultry Industry Council, and worked with the Turkey Farmers of Ontario on website projects.
She also helped to bring the Ag in the City event to Mississauga in 2010 and she’s been a volunteer at the Royal Agricultural Winter Fair.
Steph is also involved in local community through the Big Brothers Big Sisters program and a youth program at a local church. In her spare time, she enjoys reading, biking, and spending time with friends and family.
As an eighth generation farmer, Steph has a lot of passion for what she does. Although she tis working part time as a crop advisor, (someone who checks crops for insect, disease and weed pressure and then offers advice to farmers) she is still involved in her family’s farm.
The farm, which her ancestors started in 1816, and which is now run by her parents, also has a registered grading station and self-serve egg stand. In earlier days of the farm, her grandfather delivered eggs to many local stores and restaurants, and the family continues to provide eggs to local businesses today. Although Steph is still young, her parents recognize how important succession planning is on the farm, and have already started talking about her plans for the future. She has a brother and a sister, but neither are currently interested in farming.
Steph’s dad is already sure to include her in decisions around the farm, asking her thoughts on various aspects of the current operation. She is optimistic about her future in farming.
“Now that I’m graduated, I’m excited and optimistic about my future in feeding families.”