Bakerview EcoDairy – Pulse Spotlight – 05.09.11

Sunday, May 8th, 2011

With so many people concerned about making choices that are environmentally responsible, it seems only natural that dairy farmers would make a shift in the same direction. Bakerview EcoDairy is a dairy that not only takes environmental responsibility to heart, but is also geared to educating consumers about dairy practices. This local gem is located in Abbotsford. Have you been yet?

Bakerview EcoDairy sits in a surprising location. Behind the dairy sits 80 acres of farmland, but across the highway from the dairy sit numerous big box stores. Somehow, that doesn’t detract from the quaint feeling you get when you enter the dairy or the Nutrifoods Market, which sits on the same property and sells the dairy’s products under the Vitala brand name. Nutrifoods has a delicious deli with fresh sandwiches, salads and baked goods. Visitors are invited to enjoy lunch on their peaceful country patio.

Bakerview EcoDairy

Bakerview EcoDairy

Bill Vanderkooi, president of the Bakerview EcoDairy, says he chose the location because he wants to encourage agritourism, and location is vital in bringing in visitors. “My personal commitment is to education and to showcasing the dairy industry,” he says. “I want to promote the industry as a whole. [The EcoDairy is] a farm committed to showcasing technologies and environmental sustainability along with cow comfort and care.”  Bill was raised on a local dairy farm and has a Master of Science in Animal Science, specializing in dairy cattle nutrition and physiology.

Bakerview EcoDairy

These Fraser Valley cows, each tagged with their names, are living the modern life, too! Although milking the cows often brings to mind the image of a farmer sitting on a stool while the cow stands idly by during the milking, at Bakerview, the milking is done at a robotic milking station. And, rather than being told when they have to milk, the cows have free access to the station, so they can be milked as they want.

Bakerview EcoDairy

The dairy also includes a self-grooming station for the cows and a mechanical device that brings in bedding for the cows, so they are not disturbed by large-scale equipment moving materials around. What’s more, the floor of the dairy actually has rubber on top of concrete, to cushion the cows as they walk or when they lie down. It all adds up to some happy and content cows.

Bakerview EcoDairy

Bakerview EcoDairy

 

In addition to being robotic, the EcoDairy is also technologically advanced, with webcams set up so visitors to the website can watch the milking station, the self-grooming station and the feeding lane. Check it out!

One of the best sights at the EcoDairy is the goats on the roof! The goats have access to a green roof, making them a welcoming sight for visitors. They were out last time we visited and we enjoyed watching them eating grass, catching some rays and checking out visitors.

Bakerview EcoDairy

In addition to Nutrifoods Market, which is open daily, visitors can stop by the dairy on Fridays, Saturdays or Sundays to take a tour—pre-booked group tours can visit Monday through Saturday, with advanced notice. The dairy includes not only cows but also a petting zoo, featuring miniature ponies, sheep, calves, pigs and goats and a learning centre.

This is a great place to visit with the family. Stop by for a tour, enjoy a drink on the Nutrifoods Market patio and take in this fabulous Fraser Valley agritourism destination!

Bakerview EcoDairy
www.ecodairy.ca
1356 Sumas Way, Abbotsford
Ring: 604.557.5481



Contributor: Heidi Turner

Heidi Turner is a freelance writer who lives in Abbotsford with her cats and a bearded dragon. She is a senior legal correspondent for Lawyers and Settlements and writes for Cloverleaf Country Magazine and Special Families Magazine. She also writes a blog about freelance writing called TheHappyFreelancer.com. Heidi enjoys sports, the arts and travel. She is thinking of getting a dog to keep her cats in line, because they are starting to show a little too much attitude. @heidi_turner



6 Responses to “Bakerview EcoDairy – Pulse Spotlight – 05.09.11”

  1. Sarah says:

    I LOVE this place!

  2. Agata Klein says:

    I just moved out here and I am totally going to go visit!!! What an awesome place :D

  3. It never occurred to me that there was so much green space behind the barn! It’s worth visiting just for that quite park-like area in the middle of a bustling city!

  4. Laura says:

    This is an amazing place!!!!

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