Betty Jean and Colin Crews, and their son Colin, farm in Murray Ward, City of Quinte West. Their home farm is in a sheltered valley in the Murray Hills. They have orchards with the rows of apple trees running up the hillside. The Crews also grow asparagus, strawberries and other vegetables.
They have farmed using a no-till system (without plowing), since the nineties. This is an excellent way of sequestering or locking up carbon in the soil, which helps reduce the green house gas carbon dioxide, as well as preventing soil erosion. The Crews sell their apples and other produce at Crews Family Market at 1125 Wooler Road. The apples, which they don’t sell at the Crews Family Market, go for juice. Betty Jean organizes picking up apples from local orchards and delivering them to the processors. Betty Jean Crews has been active in agricultural politics for the past five year. As chair of the Agricultural Adaptation Council she is keen to encourage children and adults to eat vegetables. As a director of the Ontario Federation of Agriculture Betty Jean Crews is working hard to get the Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources (MNR) to address the topic of compensation to farmers when wildlife cause losses on farms, such as damaging crops or killing livestock. This is a big issue because the increase in the cost of oil means it is more expensive to grow crops and keep livestock.
The Crews know first-hand what damage wildlife can do, as beavers cut down a number of their apple trees. It takes nine years before one can start making profit from apple trees There is some information about fruit production in Ontario