100 Years: Farming in Pitt Meadows
When the Banns family reminisces about the family farm, the story stretches back 100 Years. This past year Highland Turf Farms was awarded a Certificate signed by Premier Christy Clark, for 100 years in business serving the community of Pitt Meadows.
Highland Turf Farm wishes to thank everyone who has contributed to their success over the years. Without loyal customers, and countless referrals the business would not be where it is today. Every customer is a valued customer. Thank-You. Highland Turf Farm looks forward to serving many more generations.
Many things have changed over the past 100 years, as the family farm has evolved. Some things have not changed such as:
- commitment to the community of Pitt Meadows
- commitment to serving their customers
- commitment to staying abreast with changes in the landscape of their business
- commitment to family ownership and maintaining a family business
Highland Turf Farm invites you to take a virtual tour of the farm. Click Here (Link takes you to another site) This photo by Google Maps shows a large area of grass which has been recently harvested and reseeded.
There is a sense of pride that comes with being a family farm, that cannot typically be achieved in operations where the majority of the workers are employees. Each and every family member has a vested interest in the success of the operation. It is their heritage and their legacy. The dedication shows, when you step on the farm and when you talk to the family members — who all show passion and commitment.
Initially, when the family bought the farm in 1914 the farm was much different than it is today. At first it was a dairy farm. Now 100 years later, the family farm is primarily turf, as well as some acreage in cranberries. In 1978 when the farm transferred to the ownership of the younger generation, a decision was made to covert it into a turf farm.
The equipment in those early days, of turf farming, was not nearly as advanced as it is today. The Banns family know the benefits to the farm and to their customers, that buying up-to-date equipment makes. The equipment they use to harvest sod today is state of the art, and fascinates youngsters and adults that visit the farm. It makes harvesting go more quickly and cuts rolls more precisely, resulting in the customers receiving their sod earlier in the day — so they can lay it the same day. At the bottom of this page we have loaded a video for those who are interested in seeing how the harvester works.
A Growing Business
As Highland Turf Farm grew, the amount of land at their the original family farm in Pitt Meadows could not keep up with the demand. Highland made three additional land purchases, each time buying an additional 40 acres in Abbotsford. Highland Turf Farm purchased additional land in 1990, 1994, and 1996.
Turf from Highland Turf Farm has reached some internationally renowned destinations such as: Bear Mountain Golf, Furry Creek, and other golf courses from Washington to Whistler. We are sure you have walked on many lawns that originated in a Highland Turf Farm field, in Pitt Meadows or Abbotsford.
Highland Turf Farm: Goes GREEN
Highland Redi-Green Turf Farm (Highland Turf Farm) has been crafting quality turf and turf products since 1978 and are proud to be a contributing member to the local community. Today eco-friendly practices are on everyone’s mind.
Along with our obvious eco-friendly choices we are constantly striving to stay ahead of the curve to keep the beauty of our natural habitat intact. Utilizing quality machinery designed for a low impact on our environment.
Highland Turf currently utilizes 2 separate farms to better serve our clients. One is located in Abbotsford while the other is our home base of operations in Pitt Meadows.
Avid members of the community is something the Highland Turf Farm family does not take lightly as Highland is involved in numerous charities and sponsorship programs while also helping out with other programs such as Maple Ridge Lacrosse and Pitt Meadows High School Basketball team.
Stop on in anytime to say “hi” and let Highland Turf Farm show you why sometimes the grass is greener on the other side.
Harvesting Turf: Fresh from Farm to You
Highland Turf Farm was supplying direct from the farm to the consumer – far before that was on-trend. Today more than ever consumers are concerned about the miles items they consume are shipped and are also more than ever committed to buying direct without going through distributors. Highland Turf Farm has always provided service direct to their customers.
Harvesting turf was a much more laborious and time consuming process than it is today. Ironically, gas prices are up, land prices have skyrocketed, equipment costs and equipment maintenance have escalated 10 fold, but the price of sod has escalated very little. Turf, when it comes to the cost today versus 30+ years ago, is one of the best value items left for consumers.