Lisa Jenereaux is President of Spurr Bros in Nova Scotia, Canada. She is one of the fifth-generation team working on the family orchard and farm which grows potatoes, onion, grains, and vegetables, as well as 100 acres of apples, a few pears and peaches. Located in the Canadian food bowl of the Annapolis Valley and with moderating effect of the Bay of Fundy ten minutes over the hill, Lisa says it is the perfect place to grow.
What do you love most about working in the horticulture sector?
I love the community of people in this industry. They are resilient, forward-thinking, and willing to share.
What has been the biggest obstacle you have had to overcome in your job?
Farming is a roller coaster of failure and success. I’m still working on it!
Who or what has been the greatest influence in your life?
The many women in this industry. They have shown such tenacity and have carved out a path for the next generation.
What’s your favourite apple and why?
Sweetango. It is the perfect balance of sweet and tart.
What is one piece of advice you would give to someone who is interested in getting involved in the orchard/horticultural sector?
Do not be scared to ask for help. There is a lot of knowledge out there that can save you from a lot of mistakes.