37 Years on the Farm
Martin, Ineke and his growing family moved from Holland to Mapleton Township on November 6, 1980.
The last 37 years have been filled with challenges and hard work.
Over time, the property has seen it's share of changes.
Below is what the farm looked like when Martin and his family arrived.
Here is an image almost 10 years later in approximately 1990.
And here we are today. This image was taken in the Spring of 2017.
Most people, when looking at these images, will notice the change in buildings. The addition of the store, the demonstration barn and of course the expansion of the dairy barn.
But in Martin's words, "Buildings can fall apart tomorrow".
When asking Martin what he is most proud of, he will respond by talking about the trees.
Windbreaks and trees are an important part of the farm.
Martin and Ineke saw there was a need for windbreaks on the farm and started to plant trees. In just 10 years the first trees that were planted made significant changes to the landscape.
The trees provide a diverse habitat for many kinds of animals, birds and insects. They are planted with native species of hard and soft wood trees, as well as shrubs.
We encourage you to take a second look at the photos and focus on the trees.
We certainly don't expect people to build a habitat in the form of a cedar maze.
The maze is made up of 3000 cedar trees.
When planting the maze, our staff got half way through following the plans when the instructions became confusing. After regaining composure, the staff were able to figure out that half way through the printed instructions, the instructions filled to the mirror image!
Fixing the job meant uprooting a third of the trees that had already been planted and continuing to finish using the instructions in the proper manner.
Red Roofs? Why not?
When building for the future, the younger generation was tired of the black and white thinking of their parents and therefore, the red roofs were built.
Not too long after, the black solar panels were installed that now cover the barn roofs giving Martin the final say in the roof discussion.
We are proud of what Mapleton's has become and want to thank our customers who have supported us all these years!Email this Page