Our Organic Farmers
Meet some of the faces behind Organic Meadow...
In 2003, Cliff VanderPloeg began to think about organics after being disenchanted with some aspects of conventional faming. “I just thought there had to be a better way to farm - without antibiotics, herbicides and pesticides,” he says. After a well-planned transition, Cliff and his wife Marilyn proudly shipped their first Organic Meadow milk from their South Western Ontario farm in 2007.
The Biemonds immigrated to Canada from Holland in 1981 with their four children and bought a dairy farm near Iroquois, Ontario. At first they farmed conventionally, but the costs involved and their health concerns about using chemicals forced Pieter and Maria to look at alternative methods. In 1989, the Biemonds quit conventional farming and began farming organically.