Our Legacy, Our Passion
In the 1950’s, Willem Nicolaas and Anna Marie Stokdijk left The Netherlands for Canada. They arrived at Pier 21 in Halifax with their three children and a few belongings to begin a new life in North America.
Willem settled his family in Beaver Brook, Nova Scotia, where he began Stokdijk Greenhouses, Ltd.
Willem became well-known for his integrity, innovation, and high quality produce. Upon his retirement, the business was sold to his son, Peter Stokdijk. Peter continued his father’s strong tradition of innovation with numerous updates to technology and equipment.
In November 2010, Timothy Willem and Kimberly Stokdijk took ownership of Stokdijk Greenhouses, Ltd. Now they along with their children: Nicholas Willem, David, Andrew, and Lillianna operate this multi-generational tradition of high quality greenhouse produce for the families of the Maritimes.
The Stokdijk family and their amazing team work hard to keep up with current best practices for food safety, farm safety, environmental sustainability, efficient food production, and business management. In 2012, Tim and Kimberly Stokdijk were the BDC Young Entrepreneur Award Finalists for Nova Scotia, one of only 9 finalists nationally. The Stokdijks also participate in many industry groups and initiatives including: membership in the Nova Scotia Federation of Agriculture, where Kimberly serves as Vice President; CanadaGAP Certification (on farm food safety) program; membership in Horticulture Nova Scotia; membership in Farm Safety Nova Scotia; membership in Canadian Agricultural Safety Association; and active support of both Feed Nova Scotia and Colchester Food Bank. The farm’s mission is actively applied through daily practices on the farm and participation in these organizations.