An organic egg farmer in Chilliwack has been honoured with an annual award by the B.C. Egg Marketing Board.
Rob Martens of Twin Willows Farm in Rosedale has been named “Producer of the Year.”
|Chilliwack organic egg farmer Rob Martens was named 2020 Producer of the Year by the B.C. Egg Marketing Board. (Submitted)|
The Producer of the Year award is given annually to a farmer who exemplifies the following criteria: community involvement; helping fellow farmers; on-farm involvement; implementing innovations; and market responsibility.
“Rob Martens meets all of the criteria and more,” said BC Egg Marketing Board chair Gunta Vitins. “He worked for a company connected to the egg industry and when the opportunity to purchase his own farm came up, he jumped at the chance.”
Martens and his son work together and both are very involved in the day-to-day operations of the farm. He takes great pride in making sure his hens are healthy and that the farm is in top condition, according to the board.
He has welcomed many people to his farm on tours including fellow producers and members of the public.
A few years ago, Martens recognized the need for more organic eggs in the province and made the switch from free range to organic to meet this need. He acknowledges that the extra paperwork, record keeping, and audits are necessary to ensure that the public is confident they are getting top-quality organic eggs.
“Rob’s nominators called him the ‘Chicken Guru’ and states that he is quick to help anyone who asks,” Gunta said. “If he doesn’t know the answer, he goes out of his way to find the correct information.”
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