HOLY COW! Brian and Erin Anderson have been welcoming people from all over the globe to visit their Dairy Farm in Fort Langley, B.C., since 1999. Schools, Groups and Families have all come to enjoy a real working dairy farm in action and learn about (or help) with the daily chores.
The Name Change… Eagle Acres
With the move in late 2017 to a beautiful acreage closer to Fort Langley a new name for our farm was needed!
“Moving and re-building at this new site allowed us to spread our wings and be free… just like our son who passed away in 2015. Jared’s spirit was deemed to be that of an eagle by our friends of the Kwantlen First Nations Band in Fort Langley. It is only fitting that Eagle Acres Dairy becomes the name of our new home; a place to soar.”
Brian grew up on a Langley farm and was very involved in the management and development of that Pumpkin Patch and Christmas Tree Farm. Erin grew up on a dairy farm in South Surrey and joined Brian in 1994, and together they created an experience for people to be hands on and interactive at their dairy farm, now named Eagle Acres Dairy & Pumpkin Patch. They started milking in 1999 with 11 cows in a herringbone milking parlour. They are now milking 60 cows daily with a Robotic (VMS) milking system. Their children help with the daily chores and are often ‘auxiliary’ tour guides with the afternoon family tours.
In October 2018 they opened the Eagle Acres Pumpkin Patch with the goal of keeping the animals and guests all calm and safe during their visit to the farm and pumpkin patch. The barn and courtyard area were designed to be free of vehicle traffic. The animals on this working farm are for education, visiting and interaction while respecting the animals personal space and therefore not causing mental stress. The covered hayrides to the pumpkin patch are loaded in an orderly fashion and are enclosed by wire mesh providing safety and security for not only the children but their parents and teachers peace of mind as well!
They are a local, sustainable and passionate Canadian family farm. They enjoy what they do and always like to share their day with visitors!
Photo courtesy of Rory Allen