Julia Smith

Julia and her partner Ludo are doing their best to preserve an endangered heritage breed hog, the Red Wattle, currently at risk of becoming extinct in Canada. Julia also works with a number of local ranchers and the cattle who spend much of the year ranging the grasslands that surround the farm. Located in the Nicola Valley in Southern British Columbia, the farm is completely off-grid and primarily solar-powered. When faced with the realization that they would not be able to scale their operation as planned due to meat processing bottlenecks, Julia rallied other producers in the province who were facing the same issue and started the Small-Scale Meat Producers Association in early 2018. Since then, Julia has served as President and along with a volunteer board made up entirely of farmers and ranchers has been very actively engaging with government and industry to build greater stability and growth opportunities for small-scale meat producers in British Columbia. She also serves on the NFU livestock committee and is looking forward to opportunities for greater collaboration with like-minded producers across the country.

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