Karen Herzig grew up on her family’s Coombs Hill Farm, where her Scottish ancestors first settled in 1752. She and her husband, Charles, took over from Karen’s parents, Russ and Sandy, making them the ninth generation. Their son, Eric, makes the proud tenth generation. He is deeply committed to the family farm, finding something to appreciate in every season. “Nothing better than some second-cut alfalfa being ground up with a hint of spring in the air,” says Eric.
Karen still takes care of the cows and does much of the milking. She knows each of the animals personally. “I know when any of our cows are a bit off or not feeling well,” she says. “We love our ladies on the farm, and we make sure they live in a safe and clean environment and that they get the best feed possible.” Eric focuses on crops, fieldwork and general maintenance while his dad, Charles, works full-time as a machinist and pitches in evenings and weekends.