Before Ron and I met Ron was already farming, and I was employed as a Medical Lab Technologist in Lethbridge. We met through mutual friends, married February 9, 1980 and started farming together on the family farm with Ron's parents, Dick and Dena Dykshoorn. We were the 3rd generation of the Marinus Dykshoorn homestead of 1907.
Together we raised our family of 5 children: Shellie, Chet, Beckie, Kristy and Sam. Through expansion, Chet and Sam and their families have become the 4th generation of Dykshoorns farming this land.
Shellie, her husband, Jerry Wolverton and 3 children, Jaida, Kayleigh and Coehn reside in Edmonton pursuing careers of their own. Beckie is married to Justin Elway and they ranch in Montana. Kristy lives Edmonton an is a Dr. of Counselling Psychology.
Always active in our children's lives we followed them and coached them in their many athletic endeavours, 4H and church related functions.
Over the years Ron has loved riding his horses and still does to this day, competing in Team Roping, using them to move and round up cattle and developing that passion for his children. My passions have been gardening, running, sewing and most recently quilting. Having been raised a farm girl I have helped out with many of the farm duties in the fields and in the office. Our 6 grandchildren bring us joy and promises for the future.
Through the years we have learned to trust in God to provide for us through the lean years and give us wisdom in the prosperous years and to put Him first in all we do.
As we approach retirement, and turn the reins over to the boys, it excites us to see the new ideas they are implementing to make the land more sustainable and productive for the 5th generation of Dykshoorn's to farm this beautiful land.
Chet is the second child, and first son of Ron and Lorinda. He grew up on the "home place" and wanted to farm and ranch for as long as he can remember. I grew up in British Columbia, and spent every possible moment at my Grannie's Farm. I always loved farm life, and hoped to one day marry a cowboy.
Chet attended Briercrest Bible College for 1 year, and then the University of Saskatchewan where he graduated with a Diploma in Ag Business. I also attended Briercrest, and it was here Chet and I were introduced. We dated for 2 years, and were married in the Winter of 2004.
In 2008 we welcomed our first daughter Maddyson. She is a joy filed, and confident young lady who enjoys riding her horse "Woody" and many other extracurricular activities such as: 4H, Swimming, and Basketball, and GEMS at the church. In 2011 our son Lucas joined the family. He is a ball of energy, and loves to laugh. He plays hockey, baseball, attends Cadets at the church, loves to ride his horse, and can't wait until he is old enough to join his sister in 4-H. In 2018 we completed our family with our daughter Elizabeth. She is a content little girl, and loves to laugh at her crazy siblings. She is the perfect piece to complete our family.
We feel so blessed to be able to live out our dreams, and do what we love. Our hope is that one, or all of our children are passionate about farming and ranching, and will continue on the family business.
Sam is the youngest child of Ron and Lorinda. Like Chet, Sam was raised on the home place where his passion for farming began. Sam attended Lethbridge College in 2007. He started in the Business Program, and later transferred into the Ag Program where he received his Ag Tech Diploma.
Sam and I met while both attending Lethbridge College. I was enrolled in the Bachelor of Nursing Program and graduated from the University of Lethbridge in 2012. I began my nursing career on the Pediatric Unit at Chinook Regional Hospital. In 2017, I accepted a job at Lethbridge College, and currently work casually there. I was born and raised in Lethbridge. I had not spent much time on a farm until I met Sam. Lets say I have learned a lot in the last 11 years, and have really grown to love what farm and ranch life has to offer.
Sam and I got married in 2013, and we have spent a lot of time traveling together.
UPDATE: Sam and Michelle added Jaden to their family in December 2019. He has been such a joy to watch grow up. He just celebrated his 1st birthday, and will be walking any day now. I have loved having a nephew close enough to get to see regularly (although Covid put a kink in that) and am so happy to see Jaden grow and become a part of the farm. ~ Tania