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Our Story

So how did we get here? Where does our story begin?

After falling for my 4th-generation farm-boy Jay, I set out to learn everything about his previous life as the owner and operator of a large-scale quail farm. The more I learned about the industry the more I realized that those labels I had trusted on the meat I was purchasing from those boutique grocery stores did mean what I thought they did. And, I finally knew it first hand. 

Determined to know exactly where the food was coming from that I was feeding our family I set out to start raising it myself. The only problem? Jay, having retired from farming years before we met, had swore he’d moved on from that part of his life. 

Not one to take ‘no’ for an answer I finally convinced Jay to, at the very least, let me raise a few chickens for our family. Under the agreement that I would at least raise enough to sell to friends and family to offset my costs, Jay dug out some of his old farm equipment while I was at work and surprised me with 500 chicks when I got home that day.

I’m pretty sure he figured it was best to go big with 500 birds so I’d only do it the once, even if that meant we’d be eating the same old batch of chicken for the next 10 years. Well, over 200 chickens flew the coop on the first day back from the processors and just like that Central Park Farms was born. 

 
 
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Kendall

  • Never in a million years could have imagined she’d become a farmer
  • Shockingly to anyone who knows her, she gave up coffee cold turkey. 
  • Backpacked Thailand with two girlfriends at 17 years old. 
  • Is the co-driver of a desert race team, alongside Jay who’s the driver, that won the 50th anniversary of the Baja 1000 after driving for 46 hours straight without sleep. 

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Jay

  • Has had a real life encounter with a Sasquatch. 
  • Has his pilots license to fly float planes and love to fly but is terrified of heights.
  • His favourite meal is a Central Park Farms pork roast, German spaetzle, and sauerkraut, with an apple danish for dessert.
  • Previously owned and operated a fishing lodge off the West Coast of Vancouver Island. 

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Sharon

  • Kendall’s mama joined the Central Park Farms team in 2017
  • She was born and raised in Borden Saskatchewan 
  • Previously had her license to fly ultralight airplanes. 
  • You always know where she is on the farm by the noise her favourite wagon makes as she drags everywhere she goes.

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Jorja

  • She started riding horses at age 6.
  • She’s deathly afraid of snakes which is a trait she picked up from her dad. 
  • One of her favourite past times on the farm is racing her little brother on their quads — She usually always wins.  
  • She caught her first fish at 2 years old. 

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Jagger

  • At age 8, he started running our 27 tonne excavator and now at 11 he hopes to be an excavator operator when he grows up.
  • He named his first cow Mr. Bull but after much convincing from his sister finally changed it to Mrs. Bull since she is, in fact a girl. 
  • Regardless of the job Jaggy’s always first in line to help out on the farm.
  • He’s a rough and tumble kid and he has the scars to prove it.