Originally published by Watershed Magazine in the Fall 2019 Issue.
Words by Signe Langford. Photos by Johnny C.Y. Lam
“It’s always interesting!” There’s a hint of sarcasm in Laura Easter’s voice. “On a small farm you wear many hats: veterinarian, mechanic, bookkeeper, gardener, and manager.” Sarcasm aside, Easter is happy. “I always wanted to follow in my dad’s footsteps. I went away to study agriculture at Guelph, but it’s the day-to-day, getting my hands dirty that I love!”
With father David Glover, and brother James, the trio is the sixth generation to farm in Northumberland, producing organic dairy, beef, pork and chicken on 900 acres in Warkworth.
“Our beef is grass-fed from start to finish – no grain – we grow our own organic hay. They’re outside all year long, even winter.” says Easter. And, the animals live longer, developing more texture. “It’s real beef, with a rich – almost gamy – flavour. It’s a strong flavour that’s not for everyone, but I really love it.”
And the seventh generation? Easter says, “Between my brother and me, we have five kids all under six. I sure hope one of them will continue farming this land.”
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