By Tyler Sutherland
A family of Manitoba honey farmers have been named the 2014 Farm Family of the Year by the Red River Exhibition Association.
Phil Veldhuis and Vona Guiler, with their children Timmy and Jayna, are the owners/operators of Phil’s Honey.
“This annual award celebrates the steadfast people in our rural communities whose efforts continually enhance the way of life of their families, neighbours, and the Manitoba economy,” said Garth Rogerson, CEO of the RREA. “It is our honour to recognize the forerunners in this important provincial industry as we profile the diversity and achievements of exceptionally deserving families.”
Phil’s Honey is based on their home acreage near Starbuck, Manitoba with modern facilities and equipment for beekeeping and honey extraction. The business has also been a staple at the St. Norbert Farmers’ Market for 20 years.
The Veldhuis family will be officially acknowledged at a reception held in their honour on Monday, June 16 as part of celebrations surrounding the 2014 Red River Ex.