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Cornwallis
Farms Ltd.

Based in Port Williams since 1761, the Newcombes have an impressive history of farming that continues today.

Facts

Name: Geneve and Craig Newcombe and children; Robert, David and Kathleen and Brian and Edna Newcombe and children; Leah, Evan, and Ryan
Farm: Cornwallis Farms Ltd.
Location: Port Williams, Nova Scotia
Farming Since: 1761, 9th and 10th Generation active today
Other: Broiler chickens, dairy, crops and feed mill, pullets

There is an impressive history of farming in the Newcombe family. Since 1761, ten generations have farmed in Port Williams, Nova Scotia. Today, Craig, Geneve, their son David, Craig’s brother Brian and his son Evan all work on the farm.

To continue their family legacy and run a successful and progressive egg farm, the Newcombe’s responsibly care for their laying hens, pullets, dairy cattle, and broiler chickens, and grow the grain crops for their animals’ feed in an environmentally respectful manner. David is especially proud to be part of Egg Farmers of Canada’s national young farmer program and carry on the family tradition of providing Canadians with the highest quality eggs.

Besides their commitment to farming, they are also incredibly supportive of their community. Each family member volunteers in some way, whether with a local sports team or a community organization, or as a firefighter. They also share their knowledge of agriculture with others by hosting farm tours and visiting schools.

How does it feel to continue to operate a multi-generation family farm?

We are proud to continue the farming tradition started on this farm by our ancestors in 1761. Egg farming has always been a part of our lives and it just seemed natural to continue on with the family tradition. Being 9th generation egg farmers allows us to provide our children with access to fresh, nutritious food produced right here on our farm and to live and work in rural Nova Scotia.

We take pride in operating the original farm grant, our environmental efforts as well as our technological advances. We look forward to the 10th generation continuing the family legacy of farming.

Ask a farmer: Shannon from Dartmouth asks…Why do some eggs have light yellow yolks and others have dark yellow yolks?

A hen’s feed determines the colour of the egg yolk. On our farm, as in most of Eastern Canada, we feed our hens a corn-based diet, which produces eggs with dark yellow yolks. A hen that eats a wheat-based diet (more common in the Western provinces) produces eggs with light yellow yolks. Interestingly…the colour of the yolk is not an indicator of nutritional value.

Favourite Egg recipe?

You can’t beat some classic French toast!

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