Meet the Dyck Family
Gerald and Susan Dyck are fourth generation farmers who have been egg farming for more than 45 years on their Manitoba farm. They have two daughters Cori and Carlee, one son, Eric, and five grandchildren. Eric and his wife Sandra are the fifth generation to embrace the family farm.

The family produces white-shelled Omega-3 eggs, grow 2500 acres of grains and oilseeds plus forage seed (ryegrass, trefoil and alfalfa). They raise their own leafcutter bees, needed to pollinate the alfalfa crops to produce the tiny kidney-shaped seed. During the summer months, the Dycks also keep about 550 free range broiler chickens.

Staying true to their commitment to the environment, they built a new dry manure storage facility. This allows them to store the nutrient-rich resource longer and spread it in the fall.

Susan also works full-time with the Provincial Emergency Medical Services and Sandra is a rehabilitation assistant. Sandra is also very busy

with two young children – Jacob (4) and Levi (2) – and they have a third on the way!

Still, with all this busy-ness, the Dycks make time for community volunteering through their church and Camp Assiniboia, a local children’s camp. They provide hay rides in summer, sleigh rides in winter, help out with riding lessons and trail rides, fund raise and donate their time and equipment to help manage the camp’s horse pasture. The camp has sentimental significance, too! It’s where Eric and Sandra met when they both worked for a year together just out of high school.

Gerald says “we love what we do and care a great deal about the health and welfare of our birds. Besides being the right thing to do, a happy, healthy bird makes good business sense.”

 

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