Dairy farmer Ted Vander Burg recognized
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).
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.