Deborah & Bruce Whale
When Deborah and Bruce Whale talk about being Cuso International volunteers in Thailand from 1970 to 72, they emphasize that the experience was a benefit to them and, ultimately, to Canada.
It gave them the impetus to ask themselves: “What have you done since you got back to continue to foster international understanding and relationships?”
Clovermead Farm is one of the answers to that question. The farm is a living example of what happens when the triple bottom line is considered—environmental responsibility, social equity and financial viability. The Whales have welcomed many agriculturalists from around the world to share ideas, lifestyles and farming knowledge as well.
One of the biggest attractions at Clovermead are the two anaerobic digesters installed in 2012, which collect biogas from the manure, produce electricity and transform dry matter into clean bedding for cows and high-quality fertilizer.
The Whale family received the Dairy Farmers of Canada’s Dairy Farm Sustainability Award in 2014.