In 1964, John made the decision to return home to Vineland and farm with his parents on their dairy operation. Over the years they diversified into hogs, starting with finishers and progressing to a 165 sow farrow to finish hog operation. John is a second generation farmer. He married, his high school sweetheart Mary Hannah in 1966 and they have 2 sons and 2 daughters. Dale is currently working on the farm with John.
John constantly credits his family for his success in everything he has accomplished throughout the years. For 38 years, John and his family have opened their farm for educational school tours teaching students and teachers the importance of farming in Ontario. They adapted their program so that it was curriculum based, entertaining and memorable for the students attending.
When John was not out in the barn teaching students about hog farming he was on the road with his trick horse Goldie the Wonder Horse. For 17 years, John and Goldie travelled around the province performing in shopping malls, television studios and hotel ballrooms. John has many stories about the challenges of getting Goldie into an elevator so that they could perform at various functions.
In 1989, the family decided to offer horse drawn hayrides and celebration events on their farm. This was the birth of the famous Uncle Porky’s. John offered hay and sleigh rides, facilities for birthday parties, family reunions, and corporate parties. No matter what the event or the audience, John always incorporated education into his program. John is a true advocate of the farming industry.
Over the years, John has worked with various professors and professionals to establish best management practices and soil conservation on his farm. For 10 years he worked with the University of Guelph and Terry Daynard to establish the first tillage plots on heavy clay soils. He was a guest speaker at seminars across Ontario on zero tillage and agri-tourism.
When John is not busy advocating for farmers he is helping others. He has been involved with many charitable organizations He has organized many barbeques to raise funds for various charitable organizations.
John completed many 4-H projects when he was younger. In fact, he bought his first 4-H calf from Fred Stewart. John and Claude Holloway organized the first 4-H Horse Club in Ontario realizing there was a need for a club in Niagara.
John and his family have worked tirelessly over the years promoting and protecting the farming industry. We would like to congratulate you John on a job well done!