Dairy Farmers of Canada (DFC) is proud to present the book Dairy Farmers, Deeply Rooted for a Strong Future, which features, representing Ontario, the Wert family of Stanlee Farms, in Avonmore, Ontario.
Showcasing the contributions of Canadian dairy farmers in the building and growth of our country, the book was created in celebration of the 150th anniversary of Canada.
The book traces the emergence of dairy farming in each of Canada’s provinces through the personal stories of a family of dairy farmers who have been farming for many generations.
“Our family has been part of the Avonmore community since 1864, and generation after generation, we have proudly produced Canadian quality milk,” says Jim Wert.
“The future of Canadian dairy farming is bright because the next generation is combining new technology, new science and the knowledge passed down from the generations before them.”
Jim, along with his wife Nancy, are fourth generation dairy farmers who own Stanlee Farms. What started as a 100 acre parcel of land has grown under supply management into a farming model that is sustainable environmentally, economically and ethically.
The farm has survived two World Wars, the Great Depression and an electrical barn fire that almost pushed the family out of dairy. With a passionate and dedicated fifth generation interested in taking over the farm, the future is bright for Stanlee Farms.
“By feeding the country in a sustainable way, Canadian dairy farmers have withstood the test of time, from even before Confederation, to produce Canadian quality milk,” said Wally Smith, DFC’s President. “I am honoured to introduce the Wert family, whose story shows a great love for dairy farming, and a deep sense of community.”
To read the Wert family and Stanlee Farms full story, please visit Dairy Farmers of Canada for a PDF version of the book.
About Dairy Farmers of Canada
Founded in 1934, Dairy Farmers of Canada (DFC) is the national organization defending the interests of Canadian dairy farmers and striving to create favourable conditions for the Canadian dairy industry. Working within supply management, DFC promotes safe, high quality, sustainable, and nutritious Canadian dairy products made from 100% Canadian milk through various marketing, nutrition, policy, and lobbying initiatives. Driven by a strong sense of community and pride, DFC and Canadian dairy farmers actively support a number of local and national initiatives. Visit dairyfarmers.ca for more information.
Source: Dairy Farmers of Canada