“Well we’ve had a fair journey to get here” begins Ray. Out in beautiful Abbotsford, British-Columbia, resides Ray Nickel and his family. Not only do they live in one of the most gorgeous places in Canada, they are also lucky enough to call their farm a home. Ray is a third-generation farmer and although he did not always plan to take over the family farm, agriculture always felt like a natural fit to him. His wife Linda was a bit more reluctant to the idea of farm life. “It was a very large learning curve […] but it becomes a lifestyle” she laughs. Years later, the two have made a wonderful life on a farm with their three kids Luke, Lexi and Noah.
Family is very important to the Nickels, a vital and core part of their lives. Not only do they enjoy spending time together, but they also enjoy working together. All members of the family, at one time or another, help out on the farm. Although not all of them have stayed in agriculture, they all have credited farming for giving them the skills they need to succeed in their day-to-day lives. “You learn to work together, and laugh together, and you always have to cover each other’s back on the farm […] I think that is where we became a really close-knit family” explains eldest son Luke.
FUN FACTS ABOUT RAY
- What is your favourite book? The Lord of the Rings series
- What is your favourite family activities? Board Games, card games, holidays, hot tubbing, eating together
- What is your favourite quote? “You won’t see the obstacles if you keep your eyes on the goal”
- What is your favourite activity to do off the farm? Fly Fishing, Coaching
To learn more about Ray and Linda Nickel, visit: https://www.chickenfarmers.ca/farmers/nickel/