Smallman Farms rec­og­nized as Potato Pro­ducer of the Year

The Guardian (Charlottetown) - - PROVINCE - TC Me­dia

Fourth gen­er­a­tion potato grow­ers Christo­pher and Derek Smallman, are the P.E.I. Potato Blos­som Fes­ti­val’s Potato Pro­duc­ers of the Year. The broth­ers have taken over the potato op­er­a­tion of their fa­ther, Avard Smallman, but the farm’s his­tory can be traced back to Avard’s grand­fa­ther, Dan Smallman, who started with a 100-acre mixed farm in the 1920s, later grow­ing 30 to 40 acres of pota­toes. Dan’s son, Fos­ter, took over the farm in 1946 and was grow­ing 100 acres a year be­fore re­tir­ing. His son, Avard joined the op­er­a­tion in 1969 and con­tin­ued the ex­pan­sion. Derek started farm­ing with his fa­ther in 1990 and Christo­pher joined in 1996 and, by 2002, they had shifted their potato op­er­a­tion to ex­clu­sively grow­ing pro­cess­ing pota­toes.

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