Dairy farmer Ted Van­der Burg rec­og­nized

The Glengarry News - - The Opinion Page -

This is the sec­ond in a se­ries of pro­files of the 2015 Glen­garry Agri­cul­tural Wall of Fame in­ductees.

Theodore Wil­liam Van­der Burg was born in Hol­land Jan­uary 1, 1933, the eighth of ten chil­dren.

When Ted turned 16, he fol­lowed fam­ily tra­di­tion by at­tend­ing hor­ti­cul­tural school. How­ever, what he re­ally wanted to do was to milk cows. With land un­avail­able in Hol­land, Ted im­mi­grated to Canada. The year was 1952, he was 19, and he had $25 in his pocket. He ar­rived in Nova Sco­tia, and then moved to Sud­bury, to work in the mines. Ted met Jean­net Henssen in 1956, and they were mar­ried the fol­low­ing year. They bought a hobby farm and started rais­ing live­stock, although Ted con­tin­ued to work in the mines.

In 1962, Ted and Jean­net used the sale of their hobby farm to pur­chase the farm of Don­ald John Mor­ri­son, at Bainsville, which in­cluded 100 acres of land and a milk­ing herd of 17 cows.

From 1978 to 1984, Van­der Burg Farms was con­sis­tently the High Pro­duc­tion herd in Glen­garry. Ted was al­ways keen to take ad­vice from Jim Humphries and Glen Smith of the On­tario Min­istry of Agri­cul­ture and Food of­fice. And, he al­ways had time to talk and learn from a neigh­bour or farm­ing friends.

Ted was a mem­ber of the Glen­garry Hol­stein Club, and par­tic­i­pated on the St. Lawrence Church Coun­cil. By the time he passed away in 2001, fol­low­ing a bat­tle with can­cer, his orig­i­nal farm had grown to 600 acres, with 60 milk­ing cows. Jean­net, who had al­ways par­tic­i­pated in the day-to-day op­er­a­tion of the farm, clearly, con­trib­uted to its suc­cess, and con­tin­ues to play a key role on the home farm with their son, Peter. Older sons, Casey and Frank, have fol­lowed their fa­ther’s lead, by es­tab­lish­ing their own farms in Glen­garry. Daugh­ter Jo-Ann (de­ceased) was a busi­ness owner in South Lan­caster. The Wall of Fame in­duc­tion din­ner will be held Fri­day, April 24, at the Met­calfe Cen­tre in Maxville, be­gin­ning with a so­cial hour at 6:30 p.m. For tick­ets, call Robert D Mac­Don­ald (613-525-3471), Dou­gal MacLeod (613-525-2327), War­ren McIn­tosh (613-527-5355), Jack Fraser (613527-2572), Ray Howes (613-5284320), Robert W McDonell (613347-3720), Clark McCuaig (613347-2653), Carolyn McRae (613347-2698).

AN­GELA BROWN PHOTO

SWEET DEAL: Glen­garry 4-H As­so­ci­a­tion mem­bers Brit­tany Mac­In­tosh, 21, left, and her sis­ter Re­becca, 15, of Ap­ple Hill, show some of the bags of berries be­ing dis­trib­uted at the Glen­garry Sports Palace in Alexandria Thurs­day. The sale of wild blue­ber­ries, rasp­ber­ries and cran­ber­ries is a pop­u­lar fundraiser for the as­so­ci­a­tion. Glen­garry 4-H co­or­di­na­tor Tracy My­ers said the group sold about 150 bags of de­li­cious fruit grown by East Coast pro­duc­ers.

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