Tom Boeve is looking to break down the public perception of dairy farmers during Breakfast on the Farm at Riverbreeze Farms Saturday.
“It’s time to open the doors and let the public see where their food comes from,” said Boeve. “It’s not about bouncing cows with a pitch fork in the green grass with a piece of hay in their mouth.”
Involved in the event is the B.C. Dairy Association and the Northern Okanagan Dairy Education Advisory Committee.
This educational gathering runs from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. There will be a first-come, first-serve breakfast put on by the Enderby Lions Club and it’s a free event.
“We will give them a tour of Riverbreeze and have 15 stations set up,” said Boeve, who was born on a dairy farm in Surrey.
Boeve is bringing in agriculture professionals to teach people about the business side of farming. His banker, accounting firm, several veterinarians, an agrologist and a nutritionist will be on hand to explain their roles in the farm industry.
“The reality is that farming is about modern agriculture now. We use a lot of computers and robotic milking systems to operate this farm.
Riverbreeze Farms is a family business. Boeve is the father of six girls and has 11 grandkids. His 750-acre farm is ran by two son-in-laws and one of his daughters. He has operatd Riverbreeze Farms with his wife, Jane, for the past eight years after moving from a farm in Abbotsford.
Boeve is getting the help of 30-50 dairy farmers to help put this event on and he sees it as a way to give back to the industry that has been so good for him and his family.
The event is receiving a $1,000 boost from the Regional District of North Okanagan’s five electoral areas.
“We hope this will become an annual event,” said Mike Macnabb, BX-Silver Star director.
The mid-day activities will also include a hay ride, interactive displays, a demonstration of the robotic milking, an explanation of the irrigation system and a chance to learn about the health of the animals at the farm.
“People want to be connected and know where their food comes from,” said Boeve.
The 56-year-old farmer loves everything about his job.
“I get to see crops and animals grow and produce, it’s the satisfaction of a job well done and I get to work outdoors all day,” said Boeve.
Riverbreeze Farms is located on Larkin Cross Road in Spallumcheen.