About 10 years ago, Mike Fisher’s family farm was transformed into a real hive of activity.
That’s when Mike and his sons diversified their cattle business near Wawanesa, Manitoba by launching a beekeeping enterprise. With an estimated 750 hives, the busy pollinators keep the Fishers buzzing during bee season, which lasts from April to September.
“Bees are so important for the pollination of our crops. We’d have nothing if it wasn’t for the bees. Wildflowers, fruit trees—they couldn’t survive,” remarks Mike.
Mike is a fifth-generation farmer in the Wawanesa area, as part of a family tradition that dates back more than 100 years. With both of Mike’s sons having attended agricultural college, the Fishers have already begun the transition to generation No. 6 with some succession planning.
“Once it’s in your blood, it’s hard to get rid of it. It is truly a passion. You have to have a love for it, or you’re not going to do it,” says Mike.
The beekeeping enterprise, he adds, has given one of Mike’s sons “an opportunity to stay close to us. It’s given him freedom and the opportunity to create his own marketing plan, make his own mark.”
The Fishers are one of several families across Canada being profiled in Enbridge’s newly produced Homegrown Recipes cookbook, which is being distributed to neighbors along our rights-of-way starting this summer.
The Homegrown Recipes collection includes more than 110 tantalizing kitchen creations—breakfasts, breads, soups, salads, sides, entrees and desserts—submitted by our neighbors near Enbridge’s network of pipelines and facilities.
Because just as land is passed down through the generations, so too are some of the most treasured recipes that connect us to family, friends and communities—including Mike’s pulled beef dish, included in our Homegrown Recipes collection.
While farming keeps Mike on the go most days from sunrise to sunset, he’s also a proverbial pillar of the community. He’s a part-time firefighter and paramedic, an umpire for local baseball leagues, and a member of the Lions Club for the past 37 years.
“I want a school to remain here. I want a community to remain here,” he says. “I am totally committed to community. I believe in it.”
Check out previous instalments of the Homegrown Recipes cookbook profiles: