Belle Ahrens

Peterborough, Ontario

What do you grow / raise on your farm?
We raise organic chickens and grow organic field crops such as buckwheat, spelt, wheat, soybeans and corn.

What is your role within the farm?
My roles have changed over the years depending on the type of farming we have been doing. I am now the bookkeeper and general support person, also called "Gofor". Every farm needs one!

What is most important to you about farming organically?
We have been farming organically for a long time. It is for the mutual benefit of our land, our family and the families for whom we can provide healthy food.

What do you enjoy most about being part of your family farm operation?
I enjoy the many different tasks and challenges it provides, as well as working with family members. Living with nature and adjusting to the seasons with their different schedules appeals to me.

What advice would you give to women interested in working in agriculture?
Farming has changed so much over the last few decades and there now are so many different jobs in agriculture. Women have a reputation to be very good at working with animals. If you want to pair working with a life close to nature, farming is for you. If you are good in business, flexible and a risk taker, farming is for you. Marketing your products is also a very good area to work in. Find what you are good at and it will be useful on a farm!

What is your favourite chicken dish?
My favourite chicken dish is Chicken Marbella.

What is your favourite way to enjoy eggs?
My favourite egg dish is scrambled eggs with smoked salmon.

Our commitment to organic

When our founding farmers started farming in Ontario many years ago, they chose to grow organically because they knew it would provide the best products for their families and friends.

Our Commitment to Organic

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Yorkshire Valley Farms

Peterborough, Ontario

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