Hedi was born in Switzerland and immigrated to Canada in 1951, where she attended high university in Vancouver. She met her husband Alfred while working at a summer job in Radium Hotsprings and together they purchased their farm in Brisco in 1962. Initially they took over 40 Herford cows and grew certified seed potatoes, before raising purebred Charolais heifers.
Off the farm, Hedi served as the Secretary for the BC Charolais Association and on the Board of Directors of the Canadian Charolais Association. She also wrote and marketed the computer program Brisco Beef Herd Management which is still in use today. Additionally, Hedi developed the Neighborhood Invasive Plant program and served as director on the East Kootenay Invasive Plant Council.
For the past decade, Hedi has volunteered as the Projects Coordinator for the Windermere District Farmers’ Institute. Her projects have included the building of the abattoir, the development of the AgriPark and the Ecological Services Initiative.
Hedi still resides with son Peter on the farm in Brisco. They now have a cow/calf operation where they breed crossbred cows to Charolais bulls.
Anna-Marie, born and raised in South Africa, has over 25 years of international experience in Education and Hospitality Industries, with specialization in Food & Nutrition, Culinary Skills, Food & Beverage Management.
Anna-Marie’s, first international opportunity was as Private Chef in New York City (NY, USA), and this was the start of her passion for international flavours and culturally diverse food. An avid culinary tourist, she enjoys exploring local food markets, food farm visits and local food experiences.
With an emphasis on sustainable food practises, she was part a research team, investigating Agritourism in British Columbia, specifically in the Lower Mainland. This ties in with her current focus and interest on sustainability of food through awareness and reduction of food waste.