Farming Couple Competes for 100000 Award

first_imgA Colchester County farming couple is hoping to convince Canadians of their entrepreneurial zeal in a competition to help fund their dream. Tim and Kimberly Stokdijk, are among nine finalists competing for $100,000 in the Business Development Corporation’s Young Entrepreneur Award contest. The winner will be chosen by an online vote, that closes June 11. “Stokdijik Greenhouses is a great example of innovation in Nova Scotia agriculture,” said Agriculture Minister John MacDonell. “I congratulate the Stokdijiks and encourage Nova Scotians to show their support by voting for them.” The Stokdijiks’s grow vegetables in Beaver Brook, Colchester Co. If they win, the couple will use the prize money to introduce a line of high-quality gourmet spreads and condiments made from their produce. The expansion will help ensure the long-term viability of their third-generation business. “We are privileged, as Nova Scotia farmers, to have been selected as finalists in the BDC contest,” said Kimberly Stokdijk. “This is a great opportunity for us to showcase what our industry does best, which is to innovate. If we are successful, we will be able to do more of what we love, which is to feed people in Nova Scotia and beyond some of the best products available.” The Stokdijiks plan to test their creations locally before introducing them to retail grocery, specialty and online markets across Canada and possibly internationally. To vote for the Stokdijks, or to view their video profile online, visit www.bdc.ca/yea.last_img read more