love grows in fields
After graduating agricultural college together in the spring of 1993, steve & lisa married & began expanding the already successful family cattle & sweet corn business.
It wasn't long before they began growing other crops, and in 1999 the Cooper's began attending local farmer's markets with their harvest. At this time, they also established a roadside stand in Newmarket. Another big change came when Steve added a herd of goats to his repertoire, and the Cooper's began offering even more variety to the public.
In 1995 Cayla Crea was born, and in 1996 Trenton Lang followed, adding to the rapidly expanding and very busy farm! Trenton and Cayla both work on the farm with their parents, helping to make this farm flourish. A true family run operation, the roots of hard work and honesty were instilled in Trenton and Cayla at a very young age through their work in the fields, pastures, and markets. Both children take on daily chore loads to contribute to the success of the family farm. Cayla can be found working at the corn stand, farmers' markets and washing eggs, whereas Trenton works with Steve on the farm doing everything from chores to cutting hay when he's not off playing rugby .
In 2003 Lisa transitioned to working full-time on the farm; a dream both Steve and Lisa had entertained for many years. In 2006, their combined hard work and enthusiasm led to the creation of “The Uxbridge Maize” followed by an incredibly successful “Community Supported Agriculture” (CSA) program in 2007 – both of which have been heartily embraced and enjoyed by the community.
In 2010, Steve & Lisa were honoured with the prestigious national "Outstanding Young Farmers" award, for their ACHIEVEMENTS in sustainable, successful farming & business practices.
The Coopers are driven by their committment to bridging the gap between field and plate, leaving their customers hungry for more. A creative, hard-working, and down-to-earth team, Steve and Lisa Cooper have embraced their entrepreneurial edge, transforming Cooper's Farm into a place for families, laughter, and great food.
Today, Steve and Lisa have added even more diversity to the family farm. In moving away from raising goats, the Cooper's have transitioned to raising and breeding Berkshire pork. The pasture is rounded out with chickens, cows, turkeys, a few goats, and even sheep! This won't be where they stop however, as they are always learning, changing, and evolving. As of winter of 2017 they have added making maple syrup to the list of farm enterprises.
Joining The Team
Trenton Cooper- Son of Steve & Lisa, Trenton has been working on the farm since day one! Now that he is Graduating From Conestoga College for Heavy Equipment Technician, he plans to work off farm as a Mechanic but still hang around the Farm as part of Cooper's Management Team.
Kelsey Owen- Started out doing chores with Trenton as that was the only way they could find time to spend together...5 years later and a new love for farming, Kelsey has decided to become a farmer. She attended Ridgetown Agriculture College and is returning to Cooper's to Join the team!
Trent & Kelsey have recently attended the 2018 Canadian Young Farmers Forum (CYFF), to learn more about becoming successful, young farmers.