International Women’s Day 2020

March 7, 2020

Almost every farmer will tell you that farming is a tough job, that it’s a 24-7 lifestyle, and that it’s made infinitely easier with the help and support of a partner and family. The women egg farmers in BC are active partners on the farm and in the business of farming, working not only with their husbands but often with their children or parents as well. On this International Women’s Day we’d like to introduce you to some of the women working on our egg farms to provide BC with fresh, nutritious, local eggs.

Kristin Poortvliet

Kristin farms in Agassiz, producing organic eggs with her husband and three children. For Kristin, being a farmer means that she can spend her days with her children instilling in them a love for farming and a respect for the work involved in caring for the hens. Her farm has grown from just a few birds to over 3,000, and Kristin and Willem package and sell some of their eggs right at the farm in a temperature controlled vending machine! You can learn more about Kristin and her family in their “Meet the Farmer” video on our website.

Kristin Poortvliet
Jacqueline Boer

Jacqueline Boer

Jacqueline is a third-generation farmer who grew up on her family’s dairy farm. She and her husband now have an egg farm as well as chickens, dairy and beef cattle! Brightside Eggs is another innovative farm and has a vending machine in their roadside shop allowing customers to stop by rain or shine for fresh organic eggs.

Jen Laughlin

Jen farms with her husband on their egg farm in Chilliwack. They’ve been farming since 1994 and have about 12, 000 hens. In 2000, they decided to branch out and to service the growing organic market by opening an organic feed mill, providing feed to other organic farmers. Between the feed mill and the egg farm, both Jen and her husband are kept very busy. Watch their “Meet the Farmer” video on our website to learn more about Jen and her farm.

Jen Laughlin
Tara Charriere

Tara Charriere

Tara and her husband are new egg farmers. They farm with a view to the future, hoping that their kids will one day take over the farm from them. Tara feels that working on the farm teaches her children the value of hard work and that farm life provides a great environment for the children to grow up in. You can meet Tara and her family in their “Meet the Farmer” video on our website.

Hester Mulder

Hester is an egg farmer in Abbotsford. She’s been farming for over 25 years and has been an egg farmer for the last three. She and her husband raise 9,800 free-run hens and are proud to produce healthy food for consumers to enjoy! Watch for a new “Meet the Farmer” video featuring Hester and her family later this year!

Hester Mulder

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