Historically, a man’s worth has been determined by his ability to provide for his family. Sadly, we’ve lost sight of this in recent years.
Some of my earliest memories are of time spent hunting with my dad, and fishing with both of my parents. And of course being taught how to garden by my mom and grandparents. These early lessons have made me who I am today. My family rarely eats meat we haven’t harvested ourselves. As I like to say, “The very best organic meat that money can’t even buy.” With a 5000-square-foot organic vegetable garden at a current work site, we are provided with plenty of the best.
My love of the outdoors is, above all else, my reason to be.
Early in my 20s, I wisely decided to be self-employed. I started a landscaping company, with the goal of one day owning a retail gardening business. After only five years, I opened Como Lake Garden Centre in Coquitlam, British Columbia, a suburb of Vancouver. Along the way, a growing facility was added in Pitt Meadows. For twenty-seven years this was my work life.
I chose this profession for two reasons: I loved it, and the seasonality of a gardening shop allows for lots of time off in the fall. Truly the best of both worlds.