We have so many amazing farms/farmers in our area and I thought it was about time we featured one! What better place to start then with a family whose history of farming in this area spans over 130 years!
Bowling Green Farms Inc. was formed in 2009 by Kris, Kevin, Grant and Sandra Bryan. Bowling Green Farms is a family-owned dairy farm that has expanded to include the production of oil seeds and small grains and grew over time with the addition of a fully licensed elevator, custom harvesting, and trucking.
Kris and Kevin with the assistance of family and staff, run the farms today and are excited to see what the future holds.
The 8th line farm, which is where the dairy operation is, was bought by their great grandfather in the late 1940’s, and the house on this farm was built in the late 1800’s. Kevin and Kris’ grandpa bought the farm from his father in 1960, after living on this farm since 1950. Kevin and family moved in to take over the care and management of the dairy operation in 2010, with a new dairy barn build being completed in the spring of 2012.
The grain elevator is growing and Bowling Green Farms want to help every grain producer obtain the highest return on their investment. Bowling Green Farms knows firsthand what it takes to be successful in the Agricultural industry and behind every successful producer is a team of hard working people. Bowling Green Farms wants to be a part of local farmers teams to help them achieve their goals and be successful.
Bowling Green Farms….the beginning
The Bryan family came from Ireland around 1852, they originally settled in the Schomberg area, moving to Amaranth in the 1870’s in search of the boggy soil they were used to working in Ireland. Kevin and Kris’ great great great grandfather was a child when he moved to the 6th line of Amaranth, he came from a large family, as he was one of 9 boys and 1 girl. In 1902 their great great grandfather built the house on 7th line, where the grain elevator is located. Bowling Green Farms bought this property in 2009 bringing it back in to the family name after it was sold. This farm has a special meaning as Kevin & Kris’ grandfather and great grandfather were both born here and their grandfather lived at this location for 19 years. Kris, and his family moved on to this farm in 2009 and the grain elevator business started in 2015.
What do you Love most about Grand Valley?
The people. Grand Valley is filled with supportive, kind generous people. The people make the community. From pickup hockey, to Sunday baseball games, community events, like the Santa Claus parade and supporting local businesses, the people make the community and we are proud to be members of this community.
Additional services offered are crop inputting, harvesting, trucking, and marketing crops. Reach out to Bowling Green Farms to learn more about their farming services and how they can be a part of your team.