Canadian family farm gets out of potato business

Prince Edward Island family-owned farm operation Eric C. Robinson Inc. is closing the potato growing and packaging portion of its farming division. Their new focus will be on the soybeans, forage and barley it already produces.

The Albany company also owns Island Lime, P.E.I. Agromart and Garden Isle Farms, which will not be affected.  

The decision was difficult but moving on from potatoes made sense, said farm manager Lori Robinson: “This is not a forced decision, it's a family decision to move our 200-year-old business forward. We saw opportunities in the P.E.I. agricultural sector down the line that we had to move on. It was a good time to move on them."

Some staff to move to other parts of company. Three-quarters of the company's 2,200 acres will continue to grow soybeans, forage and barley, but the company is looking for someone to lease the remaining acres, as well as the storage and packaging facilities to continue growing potatoes.



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