Ard & Verna, the adventurers, weren't quite sure if farming was for them, so they took hold of their wanderlust and went on a year-long journey around the world. Included on this journey was a biking trek across Canada, and when they returned to Holland, they knew Canada was their future destination. So in 1995, with a small child in tow, they set off for their permanent adventure to British Columbia.
At first, they worked on Verna's uncle's dairy farm. They soon realized that their family ties to farming were more deeply rooted than they initially thought, and they started searching for a farm of their own. In 1997, they bought a mixed farm in Chilliwack and built it up to a full farrow-to-finish hog operation. Their farm, Verard Farms, now includes 295 sows. They send approximately 6,500 hogs to market annually.
While Ard & Verna were busy being farmers, they also welcomed three more children to their family. The Hoogeveens enjoy the flexible schedule of the farming lifestyle, which allows them to be active in their four children's lives and accommodate all their soccer, basketball, and other extracurricular activities. More than just a business, being a farmer offers a quality of life that a regular nine-to-five, Monday-to-Friday career sometimes cannot. Make no mistake, farming is hard work, but for independent people with an entrepreneurial spirit, it's more than worth it.
The Hoogeveens take great pride in their farm and raising healthy, happy pigs to send to market. Verard Farms has been shipping to Johnston's in Chilliwack since 1998 and they are now offering a variety of pork products processed by Johnston's for sale at their farm. You can also find the Hoogeveen family and their Verard Farms trailer at various farmer's markets throughout the spring and summer months.
Verard Farms in Chilliwack: growing high-quality, safe pork close to home for fellow British Columbians.