It all started when...
Both Jenny and James have a heritage of market gardening that extends to their families in the Netherlands. Farming is literally in their blood! In the early 1980’s James’ parents decided to return to the land after some 20 years away from their rural roots. The farming traditions instilled into Sundog Organic Farm could be traced through them all the way back to North Holland where there still exist Vriend families thriving in horticulture.
Dennis and Ruth established the Vriend Organic Farm in 1980. It was an act of getting back to the land in defiance of industrial food. Along with James & Jenny and Dan & Kristine (August Organics), Dennis and Ruth inspired many of the young folk who worked on their myth-busting farm to think about and take joy in the fruits of the land.
Sundog Organic Farm (est. 2009) started out on the Vriend Organic Farm land and after two years there, moved to its current location in Sturgeon County, near the Sturgeon river. James and Jenny now have one dog, three boys, twelve hens, fourteen acres, and five hundred rubbermaid bins!