Having a strong family heritage is not something to be taken for granted. Seeing the passion and legacy of farming passed down to the 4th generation is not only a joy, but a rarity; less than 5% of family businesses stay in the family. With that in mind, the Davison’s feel blessed to be able to look back on their history with pride and admiration. This year marks 85 years of family farming for Davison Orchards! They have been growing apples since 1933, and sharing the experience with you for over 30 years.
The first generation was brave. Tom and May Davison had a dream of a better life, so they left their home in Brittan for Canada in 1927. Life was hard, but they allowed themselves to be teachable with a new trade, new culture, and new way of life. Shortly after Tom built the farm house in 1950 he passed away, leaving his wife May to run the farm with the help of her 17-year-old nephew, Bob
The second generation is a hardworking one. We know this to be true because they are still found today, in their mid-eighties, outworking the rest of the family. Bob and Dora Davison are true farmers: In their lifestyle, in their values, and in their work ethic.
The third generation is a resourceful one. Tom grew up watching his dad work hard to put food on the table and his passions for farming grew. He met his wife Tamra while attending Olds College and together they came up with a way to support two family’s with the farm income. In 1985 Davison Orchards Country Village was born. Over thirty years later this third generation is still using their resources to invite others to enjoy the farm.
The fourth generation is a determined one. Having had the privilege of working with the 2 generations before them, they see the value of functioning as a team. Right now Lance Davison and his wife Rachel, and Laura (Davison) and her husband Kevin Shaw are actively working in the business.
The fifth generation is enthusiastic with 8 children and each one proud to be involved – in different ways – in the family farm. Although they are young they can be found shovelling out the barn, changing sprinklers, packing apples, going for tractor rides with dad, uncle, poppa and great-poppa, “helping” grandma in the gift shop and always looking for snacks at Nana’s house.
Today, Davison Orchards’ is a diverse, productive farm growing five types of tree fruits, including over twenty varieties of apples, and eighteen different ground crops spread over one-hundred-and-twenty acres of land. They are home to a bakery, café, cannery, a beautiful retail store, a farm play area, and a rustic animal barn.
The farm is open to the public beginning May 1st. Come to the farm on June 9th and meet the 4 generations working on the farm as we celebrate and give thanks for the support of the community and the for the hard work from the generation before.