RiverRun Farms is a family farming operation that focuses on sustainable production practices to produce high quality agricultural products and food for the local market place.
RiverRun Farms is built on a strong legacy of farming which began in 1821 when Julie’s ancestors arrived from Scotland. The McIlquham’s, the Blair’s and now the Dawson’s have continued a love of growing food to feed families.
After purchasing the farm from Julie’s parents in 2004, Andrew and Julie have continued to grow their family farm to over 750 acres that is used for pasturing their beef cattle as well as growing strawberries, hay, corn, soybeans and wheat.
In 2021, the farm will be celebrating 200 years in the same family.
Andrew and Julie met while attending the University of Guelph and married in 2000. With degrees in crop science and animal science they have a strong understanding of agricultural practices and technologies. They continue to invest in making this farm a viable operation by attending workshops and seminars to stay current with new practices and in the application of new technologies and equipment.
Their children, Connor and Caroline, are actively involved in the farming operation and can be found most weekends and throughout the summer months helping check the cattle, collecting eggs from their hens or picking strawberries for sale at the roadside stand.
The Dawson family remains deeply committed to the community by volunteering on several boards and organizations. 4-H is an essential part of the daily lives of this farming family as they are active members and leaders.