May 23, 2010 The Cormiers of the Valley

The Cormiers of the Valley

Leo Cormier wanted his sons to be farmers. Codroy Valley farmers, on Newfoundland's west coast. So more than 40 years ago, he set out to build something that would keep at least some of his nine children at home. He borrowed money and bought a dozen dairy cows. It was 1963. The year after electricity came to the Valley.

Today, the farm Leo started is part of one of the biggest dairy operations in all of Canada. And Leo has the satisfaction of knowing three of his sons followed in his footsteps...two in the dairy barn, and one in the hen house Leo also built in the sixties. A hen house that eventually held 15-thousand laying birds.

This is the story of a farmer who dared to take risks at a time when most people weren't. It's the story of a family that has been in the Codroy Valley for five generations. The Cormiers.

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