The Farm - History
Our farm was settled in the 1870s when this part of southern Ontario
became open to homesteading. The settlers came up the Saugeen River,
which is how we chose the name for our farm.
We started farming here with two families in 1989 on 400 acres
and milked cows and raised a small beef herd following bio-dynamic
We certified the farm organic from the very beginning, though there
was no economic incentive for the milk or beef produced. Coming from
where the organic farm movement was already far more established,
we thought about processing our milk to make organic foods more
available to customers and we decided to use our quality milk to
make the best yogurt we can. At that time a couple of producers
in Quebec and Pennsylvania were starting
in 1991 and
and after working through plenty of red tape and much soul-searching we started digging the foundations for the
yogurt house. The plant opened for production in September 1994 with
very modest beginnings, but as the years went by we have seen major additions that allow us to utilize now all of our own milk.
As our children have grown up and we are getting older the process of handing over the farm to the next generation has begun, with our oldest son and his wife now having taken over full responsibility for the milking herd. They, in turn, already have two young boys, who know the cows by name. A new barn was built in 2011 and you can read more about it when you click Dairy Barn.
We have been at it for well over 20 years now and the incredible loyalty we have seen from you, our customers, has been very gratifying for us.