Greg & Sarah Stamp from Stamp Seeds, of Enchant, Alberta and Brad & Travis Hopcott from Hopcott Farms, of Pitt Meadows, British Columbia were chosen as National Winners from seven regional farmers at Canada’s Outstanding Young Farmer (OYF) Program’s national event held in Laval, QC November 22-26, 2023.
What began as a partnership with Greg’s parents, in 2006, has become three separate operations run by Greg and his brothers- Nathan & Matthew. The operations include Stamp Seeds (retail pedigreed seed), Stamp Farms (production of pedigreed seed for retail and contracts) and Flourish Farms (crop land). Pedigreed seed is produced on 7000 acres, of which 5000 acres is under irrigation and 2000 acres are dryland farmed.
Brothers Brad and Travis Hopcott have a story of their own from Pitt Meadows, BC.
What began as a dairy farm started by their grandfather, is now a 1000 head beef feedlot with forage production, on-farm abattoir, 72-acre cranberry farm and a 17,000 sq ft retail store and wedding venue. Brad is in charge of the beef; Travis is in charge of the cranberries and their sister Jennifer runs the retail and wedding venue. Recently the farm has renovated 20 per cent of its cranberry acres introducing new varieties to double production. A water reservoir system allows the 30 million gallons of water to be recycled in the cranberry bogs during the harvest season. To allow for full integration of the beef operation, a $5 million abattoir was added to the operation in 2022. Utilizing waste tissue composting units allows for the integration of animal waste back into the forage fields. Having receiving support through the management transition, Brad & Travis hope to return the favour and mentor future BC farmers.
Every year this event brings recognition to outstanding farmers in Canada between 18 and 39 years of age who have exemplified excellence in their profession while fostering better urban-rural relations. The winners were chosen from seven regional finalists, including the following honourees from the other five regions:
Rémi Taillon & Sophie Brodeur - Ferme Réso- Sainte-Dominque, QC
Stewart Skinner & Jessica Kelly- Imani Farms Ltd- Listowel, ON
Jake & Sarah Leguee- Leguee Farms Ltd - Weyburn, SK
Harley & Brooklyn Siemens- Siemens Farms- Rosenort, MB
Marijke Oudshoon & Willem van de Wetering - Spud Isle Farms - Morell PE
Source: Canada’s Outstanding Young Farmers November 27, 2023 news release