The Modern Family Farm | Dave DeVries

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About the Guest

Dave DeVries is a third-generation farmer from Drayton, Ontario, Canada. With his wife Lauren, they operate Zeldenrust Farms Ltd.,  a farrow to finish hog farm, producing hogs for the Raised Without Antibiotics market. Dave and Lauren have been blessed with four boys ages 6 years, 4 years, and 8-month-old twins. It has been a joy to watch the boys take a keen interest in agriculture from a young age.

Dave is actively involved within his local Reformed Church, as well as his community’s food bank and serves as a Delegate for his County’s Pork Producers Association. 

What can you learn from this episode of Popular Pig?

  • How Dave De Vries became involved in the pork industry
  • How his upbringing prepared him to take over the family farm at a young age
  • The experience of expanding his family operations
  • The technologies that he selected to make his day to day more efficient, along with others that he intentionally left out. 
  • The role of his family on day-to-day operations
  • The impact growing up on a farm has on children
  • Dave De Vries golden nugget