In the 1940’s Clarence and Hilda Willems moved to BC from Saskatchewan and bought a piece of land from Hilda’s father. Here on the farm, they worked incredibly hard. They built a small farmhouse and raised 8 children on the farm. They grew raspberries for almost 40 years in this location.
In the mid-1980’s, Clarence and Hilda’s son Jack and his wife Irene bought the farm and started their own family. The raspberry growing continued, and every summer was spent berry harvesting. A small u-pick operation formed in the backyard that consisted of a scale with a sign that read “U-pick, U-weigh, U-pay.” It was run by the honour system, and we just hoped most people did pay for their berries! Over the years the u-pick operation has grown and now many people enjoy berry picking at Willems Berry Farm.
At Willems Berry Farm, we strive to grow our crops in a healthy and sustainable manner. We are committed to the continued viability of our land, our business, and our community. On the farm, we practice Integrated Pest Management (IPM). IPM is a decision-making process for managing pests in an effective, economical and environmentally sound way. We employ scouts to monitor our fields, report back on insect and disease pressure, and advise on possible control options, if they are needed.
Presently and in the past, we have collaborated with researchers from ES Cropconsult, the University of the Fraser Valley, BC Ministry of Agriculture, and Agriculture and Agrifood Canada. We are committed to local agriculture in the Fraser Valley, and are open to collaborations with community partners.