Irvings Farm Fresh Ltd
Camrose County, AB
In July 2005, Alan, Nicola with children Sarah and Cameron, landed in Calgary having never been to Alberta previously. Alan was brought up on a farm in Cumbria, England, and had worked in Agricultural related jobs since he graduated from school. He had worked for his last employer doing livestock and general haulage, and latterly as a dispatcher for farm inputs. Nicola was brought up in a military family, moving around frequently, but from a family base in Lincolnshire, England. After graduation from school, she earned a Degree in Agriculture, and pursued an 11 year career in various positions including Animal Feed Sales, Commodity Trading and Customer Service.
Once they moved to Alberta, Canada, they knew that they would like to operate their own business, but had no idea it would involve pigs and pork products. They quickly discovered that the high quality, lean British sausages they had been used to were not readily available here, and with the help of a knowledgeable neighbour they began to make their own. They soon discovered that these types of sausages were instantly popular, and were pleased that so many customers, many of whom may not have previously tasted quality sausage, readily came back for more.
Today Irvings Farm is based in Round Hill, Alberta, raise Berkshire Weaner Pigs and have an amazing production facility. Employing local people to help them develop and produce beautiful, flavourful pork products, the Irving family is growing their business based on core values. Taking their business forward is an adventure for them, and a huge learning experience. To quote Alan’s grandfather - "The day you stop learning is the day you die!"