BC Hog Farmer
Ard & Verna Hoogeveen’s story begins on dairy farms in Holland, which to this day remain as family farms run by their siblings. Their deeply rooted family ties to farming brought them to Canada in 1995 to begin a farm of their own. In 1997, they purchased a mixed farm in Chilliwack and began Verard Farms. Today, Verard Farms is a full farrow-to-finish hog operation growing high-quality, safe pork close to home for fellow British Columbians.
The Hoogeveens enjoy the flexible schedule of the farming lifestyle, which allows them to be active in their four children’s lives. The Hoogeveens admit farming is hard work, but they maintain it offers them a quality of life that is more than worth it.
The Hoogeveens take great pride in their farm and raising healthy, happy pigs to send to market. Verard Farms has been shipping to Johnston’s Meats in Chilliwack since 1998 and are now offering a variety of pork products processed by Johnston’s for sale at their farm. You can also find the Hoogeveen family and their Verard Farms trailer at various farmers’ markets throughout the spring and summer months.