What’s your name? Brent Glover.
I have been a farmer since: You could say I’ve farmed all my life. I started farming when I was 5 years old and I have been farming for 32 years.
I have been a Farm At Hand user: for about 5 months now. I try to use it as much as I can, especially to keep track of compost and manure – it gives me easy access to records.
Where do you farm? We have a family farm in Wallaceburg, ON but I currently work at a 900 acre organic farm in Plattsville, just outside of Kitchener, ON.
What do you grow? We grow sunflower, corn, soybeans, hay, black peas and oats mix, and also some spelt. Spelt is the ancestor of wheat. We have our own seed cleaner and a special machine called a dehuller that separates the spelt seed, then the inner seed is shipped out for processing for flour or making bread.
How did you get into farming? I was born into it and I just knew all my life it is what I wanted to do. My grand dad and my dad farm, so I am following their footsteps. I did an Ag exchange when I was 19 years old for 8 months in Australia. I worked at a beef and sheep farm there. It was quite an experience.
What do you love about farming? One, you get to work outdoor all the time. Two, when you are growing the crop, you know that it will feed many people.
What’s one of your favourite moment in the field? On a tractor and out in the field, listening to country music like Alan Jackson and Garth Brooks while working the land.
What is your most important piece of equipment? Land cultivator and the baler in summer time.
What is your biggest take away this year? Just go ahead and do whatever you need to do. The weather could change the next day and you might not be able to accomplish as much. Just do it and move on to the next task.
If there is one thing you’d like the general population to know about farming, what would that be? We’re not sitting around the coffee shop and complain about prices. We try to produce the best crops for consumers.
Where can we find you online? Twitter @OrganicFarmer2.
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