Paramjit came to Canada in 1994. Not knowing the English language, yet determined to work, he began working for fruit growers in the Oyama/Kelowna areas. In order to learn the English language, Paramjit took ESL classes through the Sikh temple in Vernon.
Lindsay is a specialist for the Okanagan Tree Fruit Cooperative, with degrees in agronomy and horticulture. She helps our orchardists plan and manage their crops using ecologically friendly practices, including water conservation and minimal pest control.
John and Rob’s farming roots go back. Way back. In 1882, their great-grandfather started up a farm near Kelowna. Since then, family members have carried on the tradition. For much of the past 30 years, these two brothers have been in charge, growing Bartlett, Bosc and Anjou pears, Coronation grapes and a huge variety of apples.
Roger runs a multi-crop orchard near Osoyoos in the south Okanagan Valley. With summer temperatures that reach up to 40 degrees Celsius, Roger grows more than half a dozen types of apples and cherries, as well as apricots, peaches, nectarines and pears.