For Lindsay Heer, who now runs a growing dairy and beef operation called Robin Creek Dairy near Quick with her husband Janik Heer, farming did not come naturally.
Janik’s experience was quite different, he grew up on the farm he and Lindsay now operate together. His parents were dairy farmers in Switzerland before taking advantage of an opportunity to buy a farm in Northwest B.C. and immigrate to Canada.
Lindsay and Janik have known each other since they were in middle school. They started dating in high school and got married after graduating from college.
In 2009, they started working the dairy farm together. While Lindsay said her passion has always been floral design, between the dairy, starting a family and challenges in sourcing flowers for her floral business, she decided to take a break from that.
A few years ago, Lindsay ran into John Kerkhoven at a dairy conference. Kerkhoven is a dairy farmer, who also has a commercial cut flower business called Nicomen Nursery in Deroche, B.C., a railway and farming community on the north side of the Fraser Valley just on the other side of the river from Chilliwack.
The two hit it off and Lindsay saw the perfect opportunity to diversify and get back to what she loves best.