SHOW MENU +
HOME > About Us > THE FRESH AIR FARMER
MEET ANDREW CAMPBELL Andrew is a third generation farmer from Southern Ontario, milking Holsteins and growing corn, soybeans, wheat & hay at the family farm (Bellson Farms). After his campaign in 2015 to send out a picture a day via Twitter to show life on the farm (#Farm365), he’s now visiting a farm a week across Canada to show where our food comes from. Follow us weekly as we share Andrews’s videos and give you a glimpse into the life of dedicated and hard-working farm families.
LATEST POST
WEEK 25:WHY DO SOME FARMERS IRRIGATE THEIR CROPS?
Southern Alberta

For our farm tour this week, we head to within sight of the Rocky Mountains, to a farm in Southern Alberta growing grain. Farmer Rod grows flax, peas, wheat & hemp, some of which is watered whenever it needs a drink. Come a see what it means to be an irrigated crop and hear from Rod as to how he manages the resource.

ANDREW'S FARM VISITS
WEEK 1: WOOLLEYS’ LAMB FARM
Location: Norfolk County, Ontario

Watch Andrew as he meets Carrie Woolley and discusses how sheep are raised on apple orchards.

WEEK 2: PELISSERO EGG FARM
Location: Niagara Region, Ontario

Watch Andrew as he meets Jake Pelissero and his flock of laying hens. They discuss what is involved in taking care of his hens, and where you might find his eggs.

WEEK 3: BEVERLY GREENHOUSES
Location: Brantford, Ontario

Watch Andrew as he meets Jan and his 22 acres of cucumber farm. They discuss the growing process and the pros of greenhouse growing.

WEEK 4: Spring Valley Boer Goat Farm
Location: Norfolk Haldimand County, Ontario

Watch Andrew as he meets Anna and her heard of meat goats. They discuss daily routines on the farm as well as the goat meat market.

WEEK 5: Beischlag Chicken Farm
Location: Hagersville, Ontario

Watch Andrew as he meets Matt and his broiler chickens. They talk about climate control for the animals as well as what technology is used.

WEEK 6: Bowie Family Farm
Location: Alberta, Canada

Watch Andrew as he meets Greg and his purebred cattle. They discuss daily tasks to care for the animals and  the subject of beef sustainability.

WEEK 7: ROGER'S BISON FARM
Location: Alberta, Canada

Watch Andrew as he meets Roger and his Bison Farm. Andrew and Roger talk about the growing popularity of Bison steaks & burgers as well as what the day to day tasks include for caring for the animals.

WEEK 8: FORT ROSE MAPLE COMPANY
Location: Parkhill, Ontario

Watch Andrew as he meets the McLachlan brothers and their maple syrup farm. Andrew learns about what it takes to make maple syrup and takes a tour of the facility.

WEEK 9: ALBERTA DAIRY FARM
Location: Alberta, Canada

Watch Andrew as he meets a family who milks cows for a living. Get a glimpse of the daily routine on a dairy farm as well what happens when one of the cows gets sick.

WEEK 10: DAIRY GOAT FARM
Location: Ontario, Canada

Watch Andrew as he meets Erik & Hayley who are first generation dairy goat farmers. Learn what the daily tasks are for goat farmers as well as what 'kidding' is.

WEEK 11: VEAL FARM
Location: Ontario, Canada

Watch Andrew as he meets Aaron, Tom & Paul who are veal farmers. Learn how veal is raised as well as why these men chose to farm veal.

WEEK 12: WHITECREST MUSHROOMS
Location: Putnam, Ontario

Watch as Andrew meets Murray and Chantelle who grow mushrooms. Learn the growing cycle of mushrooms as well as how to keep them fresh for as long as possible.

WEEK 13: BURNBRAE FARMS
Location: Eastern Ontario

Watch Andrew as he meets Helen Anne and gets a tour of her family farm while learning about raising free-run pullets.

 

WEEK 14: LEWIS LAND & STOCK
Location: Holstein, Ontario

Watch as Andrew meets Jay who is a 5th generation lamb farmer. Learn what it takes to operate their organization as well as what types of food lambs eat.

 

WEEK 15: ROELANDS PLANT FARMS INC.
Location: Lambton Shores, Ontario

Watch as Andrew meets Jodi & Adrian and learn how veggies are custom grown in greenhouses.

 

WEEK 16: MILKING A WATER BUFFALO
Location: Stratford, Ontario

 At the Koskamp Family Farms, Henry & Inge are milking a herd of about a hundred water buffalo and raising other for meat.

 

WEEK 17: VISITING A TULIP GREENHOUSE
Location: St Catherines

The Sikking families grow 40 million tulips for Canadian & American households, as well as hanging baskets, irises, daffodils, and more.

 

WEEK 18: PICKING PERFECT PEPPERS
Ontario, Canada

For our farm tour this week, we head back into a greenhouse to find out what is takes to pick, process & pack the perfect pepper. We find out how often they might spray pesticides, why that green pepper you buy isn't really green, and what about farms that hire immigrant labour? There is no shortage of conversations with farmer Joe, so come on in and see for yourself!

 

WEEK 19: What's Inside A Pig Barn?
Lambton County, Ontario

It is the most widely consumed meat in the world and Canada is a leader in it. Producing some of the highest quality, pork is on forks around the world thanks to families like John's. He was nice enough to give us a tour from little piglet to finished hog, explaining every step of the way. 

WEEK 20: BRANTWOOD FARMS
Brantford, Ontario

At Brantwood Farms, asparagus has been harvest for over two decades. Today, Kara, along with her family, plant, grow, pick & sell that crop that is a tell tale sign of spring.

WEEK 21: MEET RACE HORSE FARMERS
Ontario

A night at the horse races can make for an entertaining evening. But have you ever thought of what goes into getting those horses ready? Beyond to hooking them up to the cart and trailering them to the race track, it takes time, training, and intuition.

WEEK 22: GROWING GRAIN & PROTECTING IT
Guelph, Ontario

In Ontario, plus dozens of states in the US, corn, soybeans & wheat are amongst the biggest crops. You've likely see the fields stretch across the horizon, but do you know what it takes to get the started and grow? We find farmer Greg in this week's video to see how he grows soybeans and to hear why he uses something called a 'seed treatment', something you may also know as a neonic that has created controversy in some areas.

WEEK 23: INTO THE STRAWBERRY FIELDS
London, Ontario

As we get into the month of June, the dream of fresh strawberries becomes a reality for many of us here in Ontario. At Heeman's, east of London, the berries are already ready for picking! So it is time to meet Will. Find out how they grow their berries, how it is possible to pick fresh berries in November (yes it is true!) and even mix the best of both of our worlds, dairy and berries, in a great milkshake.

The arial footage was provided by Will, since I was too chicken to fly my own drone that close to the London Airport (it is across the road)

You can find out more about Heeman's at their website: https://heeman.ca/

WEEK 24:TIME FOR TURKEY!
Guelph, Ontario

Usually we think about turkey are Thanksgiving or Christmas time. But for Cameron and Anne Marie, they think about turkey all the time. They are turkey farmers who have just built a new barn, expanding their operation. Come inside to see what it takes to look after turkey, and figure out where their turkey is destined for (because it isn't as a whole bird on your dining table)

You can also find out more information about turkey farms at: http://www.farmfood360.ca/#turkey-tile

WEEK 25:WHY DO SOME FARMERS IRRIGATE THEIR CROPS?
Southern Alberta

For our farm tour this week, we head to within sight of the Rocky Mountains, to a farm in Southern Alberta growing grain. Farmer Rod grows flax, peas, wheat & hemp, some of which is watered whenever it needs a drink. Come a see what it means to be an irrigated crop and hear from Rod as to how he manages the resource.