Mink

Walt Freeman

Modified on: 2015-12-16

Mid East


Walt Freeman

Walt Freeman loves to learn and has no doubt that farming has been one of the most engaging educational opportunities he has ever had. Walt and Heather – his wife of 35 years – are the owners of a Battersea-area mink farm. The farm backs up to a small lake and was built on land […]

Sandra Aspden

Modified on: 2015-01-05

West


Sandra Aspden

Sandra Aspden is a grandma of six, a golfer and a motorcycle enthusiast. And now together with her husband Clarence, she’s added the title of “farmer” to her resume of interests and achievements. The path to becoming a mink farmer in Norfolk County was anything but direct.  Raised in Kitchener, she and Clarence met at […]

Rankin family

Modified on: 2013-10-22

Central


Rankin family

Farmers, by their very natures, are entrepreneurs, always looking for innovative new products to try on their farms or looking at new research to find better ways to care for their livestock and crops. The Rankin family of St. Marys is a great example of that. In the 1920’s, Dow Rankin was a cheese maker […]

Elaine Parkinson

Modified on: 2013-10-14

Central


Elaine Parkinson

Elaine was a city girl who moved to the country after marrying her husband. The couple’s three children are also actively involved in the family farm, raising elk for almost two decades as well as mink and horses. Elaine especially enjoys working with the elk which she describes as being “proud, handsome and intelligent animals.”

Justin and Jeff McLellan

Modified on: 2013-10-13

West


Justin and Jeff McLellan

Third-generation farmers Justin and Jeff McLellan knew fairly early in life that they wanted to continue the family tradition of raising and caring for mink. The two helped on the mink farm their grandfather and father operated while they were growing up.  Jeff went straight into farming when he graduated high school while Justin left […]

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