The Harker family has been farming in the Similkameen Valley since 1888, just 17 years after British Columbia joined Confederation as Canada’s sixth province. Troy and Sara Harker represent the fifth generation of farmers in this pioneering family, and they have embraced that pioneer spirit by becoming leaders in the organic farming movement.
Troy’s passion for farming brought him back to the family farm in 2005. From his very first journey in the business came new ideas, innovation and the next generation of fresh air within the business. His dedicated research and ambitious farming is slowly transitioning the farm from Bruce’s generation of trees to the newer high density varieties and planting style. The 4th and 5th generations worked together to create two new entities within the business; Rustic Roots Winery and the Restaurant Program. This step stayed true to the past, with each generation adding to the complexity and sustainability of the business. In 2010, Troy took over sales and has blossomed in this role! As is the legacy his father put forward, his mandate and goal is to create a sustainable farm and business to pass down to the sixth generation.
Sara’s addition to the family and the business was a natural fit. Her passion for family and sustainability echoes through all she contributes. She started her journey with her first year of environmental biology at Langara and transfering to UBC. Sara worked as restaurant manager for years, which sprouted her passion for food and wine. She then completed a certificate program in Business Administrative Management, then going on to complete the Winery Assistant Program at Okanagan College. Upon completion of the Winery Assistant Program she was asked to apply to become a VQA Assessor, completing this with the highest marks, and also taking the title of youngest VQA assessor. She now sits as chair for the Similkameen Wineries Association.
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