Urban farmer

BC financial executive Rob Blusson complements his desk job with work on his family farm, where he raises chickens, grows produce and harvests honey.

Rob Blusson is taking the concept of eating locally grown food to a new level. The vice-president of finance at Capstone Mining in Vancouver owns and operates a farm in Maple Ridge, BC, raising chickens, growing produce and harvesting honey. Aside from the 3,000-square-foot vegetable garden, there’s a greenhouse for tomatoes and last summer he and his wife grew a modest 50-pound blueberry crop. What they don’t eat themselves they share with family; except for the annual 350-pound yield of honey, which they sell to local suppliers. "It’s a good complement to my desk job," says Blusson. "And I like to understand more about where food is coming from."