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Farm market operators named 2006 Atlantic Outstanding Farmers


March 31, 2008
By Fruit & Vegetable

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Marc and Krista Schurman of
Kensington, P.E.I. aimed high when they set up their diversified farm
operation. And their expectations have paid off with the recent
announcement they will be representing the Atlantic region at Canada’s
Outstanding Young Farmers event, scheduled for later this fall.

2006ayfMarc and Krista Schurman of Kensington, P.E.I. aimed high when they set up their diversified farm operation. And their expectations have paid off with the recent announcement they will be representing the Atlantic region at Canada’s Outstanding Young Farmers event, scheduled for later this fall. In less than 10 years, Marc and Krista have built Schurman Farm Ltd. and Spring Valley Farm Market Ltd. into thriving, multi-faceted agri-businesses. While their farm market carries some of the farm’s vegetables, natural beef and pork products plus garden centre supplies, the couple also operates a 700 sow farrow-to-finish operation, a 300 head beef feedlot, a hydroponic greenhouse (tomatoes, cucumbers and peppers) and farms 250 acres of barley and 180 acres of forage. Marc and Krista joined Marc’s father on the home farm in 1997 following graduation from the Nova Scotia Agricultural College. They expanded the farm’s pork operation and diversified into hydroponic vegetables after hog prices dropped in the late 1990s. In 2003, they opened their farm market, adding a garden centre in 2005. Canada’s Outstanding Young farmers for 2006 will be chosen during the event being held November 29-December 3, 2006 in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan.

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