June 12, 2017
Rooted in the Future
farm book focuses on family operation
Dairy Farmers of Canada/Handout photos
The Wert Farm in Ontario.
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
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."
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.
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."
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.
To read the Wert family and Stanlee Farms full story, download the book in
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