Don Brown‘s grandfather, George Brown, emigrated from Ireland at age four and settled a farm on Drum Road, Pontypool, Ontario.
In 1934, Lloyd, Don’s father, purchased 50 acres in Pontypool, Ontario from Lula May Jones. This parcel of land is now the home farm for Brown's Family Farms. In 1959 at the age of 20, Lloyd purchased the west 100 acres of the Pontypool farm.
In 1970, after Don graduated from Kemptville College, he started farming with his dad, Lloyd Brown. In 1978, Don and Mary Lou built a new house on the property and were married the following year.
In 1990 Don and Mary Lou purchased the farm from Lloyd Brown. They continued to live in their home on the farm. Later, in the year 2000, we bought 100 acres adjacent to the farm on the east.
Don and Mary Lou have two children, Sam and Kate Brown. Sam works in the energy industry in Toronto and our daughter, Kate, operates Brown's Bouquets. In August 2013, Kate married Ryan Westcott.
In 2013, Kate and Ryan began farming with Don and Mary Lou starting out by growing watermelon, cantaloupe and straw flowers. Since those early few rows, Kate and Ryan have expanded the vegetable and flower operation. Brown's farm today continues to build on the family farm approach to sustainable local agriculture.