Delfland

A vision of great perspective in vegetable growing for three generations.

Delfland has been a specialist in vegetable production for many years. Today, high quality vegetables are grown on 1000 acres (400 hectares) of rich muck soil in Napierville (Montérégie, Province of Québec, Canada). The same vision is transferred from one generation to the next: a vision open to new techniques and agricultural technology, ranking Delfland as a leader in fresh vegetable production.

Our Vision

Our vision is to stay ahead of the new work practices and technological methods for vegetable growing, while respecting people and the environment. We believe in partnerships and collaboration in order to provide vegetables of superior quality. Human resources, sustainable agriculture and food safety are at the centre of our priorities.



Our Mission

Our mission is to produce a range of first quality vegetables, while using the best techniques for vegetable growing.

Our Management Team

With strong family ties, Delfland’s managing team is made up of four brothers and one nephew, all equally passionate about vegetable production. They are in constant search of new ideas and technologies and they collaborate with people from all over the world. These business managers use their respective talents, taking part in the agricultural world in Québec, and participating in many organizations. They are also supported by their spouses, who are almost all working for Delfland.

Yvon
Van Winden

Vegetable grower

Stéphane
Van Winden

Vegetable grower

Éric
Van Winden

Vegetable grower

Martin
Van Winden

Vegetable grower

Gabriel
Van Winden

Vegetable grower

Yvon
Van Winden

Vegetable grower

Stéphane
Van Winden

Vegetable grower

Éric
Van Winden

Vegetable grower

Martin
Van Winden

Vegetable grower

Gabriel
Van Winden

Vegetable grower

I am responsible for the vegetable crops. I also work in close collaboration with the Consortium PRISME, as well as with research teams with regards to agricultural practices and scouting. This collaboration enables us to apply the best agricultural techniques for the production of good quality vegetables while ensuring the best respect for nature and the environment. I am also president of “Les Producteurs d’oignons du Québec”.

I am the general manager of the company. I make sure that all the operations work in synchronicity. I also look after the financial management of the company. I work in collaboration with our sales and marketing partners in order to provide regularity and first quality products that meet our clients’ standards. I am constantly on the lookout for new techniques, equipment and packaging ideas, and I am always striving to provide the best to our clients, and continue to be leaders in agriculture.

I am in charge of human resources and coordinator of operations. I am also in charge of packaging operations. I am especially proud of having employees that stay with us for many years as many of them have been working for us for over 20 years! I am also part of the governing board of the QPGA (Quebec Produce Growers association).

I am responsible for the machinery, the mechanical workshop, the mechanics team, as well as many other operations in the fields. I like being proactive in new working techniques and I make sure equipment is well adapted and optimized. My focus is on the operations that are taking place in the fields.

I have a bachelor’s degree in agro-economics and I am a member of the “Ordre des agronomes du Québec”. I joined Delfland’s managing team in 2013. I am involved in the management of operations, in the analysis of our budget, as well as in research and development. I like bringing up new ideas and integrating new up to date growing methods and practices.

I am responsible for the vegetable crops. I also work in close collaboration with the Consortium PRISME, as well as with research teams with regards to agricultural practices and scouting. This collaboration enables us to apply the best agricultural techniques for the production of good quality vegetables while ensuring the best respect for nature and the environment. I am also president of “Les Producteurs d’oignons du Québec”.

I am the general manager of the company. I make sure that all the operations work in synchronicity. I also look after the financial management of the company. I work in collaboration with our sales and marketing partners in order to provide regularity and first quality products that meet our clients’ standards. I am constantly on the lookout for new techniques, equipment and packaging ideas, and I am always striving to provide the best to our clients, and continue to be leaders in agriculture.

I am in charge of human resources and coordinator of operations. I am also in charge of packaging operations. I am especially proud of having employees that stay with us for many years as many of them have been working for us for over 20 years! I am also part of the governing board of the QPGA (Quebec Produce Growers association).

I am responsible for the machinery, the mechanical workshop, the mechanics team, as well as many other operations in the fields. I like being proactive in new working techniques and I make sure equipment is well adapted and optimized. My focus is on the operations that are taking place in the fields.

I have a bachelor’s degree in agro-economics and I am a member of the “Ordre des agronomes du Québec”. I joined Delfland’s managing team in 2013. I am involved in the management of operations, in the analysis of our budget, as well as in research and development. I like bringing up new ideas and integrating new up to date growing methods and practices.

Our Team

Our managing team is surrounded by a team of regular and seasonal workers, many of whom have been working at Delfland for several years. The working environment is pleasant; our employees are passionate about their work; they all know each other well, and they are competent, devoted and trustworthy. Team work, collaboration, humility and respect are all part of the enterprise’s core values. All our employees contribute to the good quality of relationships at work by helping each other, accepting differences, while maintaining a positive and energetic attitude. During the growing season, 150 people work together in order to provide high quality fresh vegetables.

Since our enterprise is known for the quality of its products, it should be emphasized that our workforce is the source of this satisfaction. The tasks of each and every one of our workers are essential to the overall results. Because of the teamwork involved in the quality process, we ensure that we meet our clients’ high standards, and that we will never stop improving!

History

Delfland’s story began in 1954, when Cisca Hooymans and Arie Van Winden got married and left their home country, Holland. They left to come meet Arie’s brothers: John and Pierre, who were already preparing a land that they considered to be rich and suitable for vegetable growth. This land was located in the City of Sherrington, in the province of Québec, Canada. This area was chosen for the quality of its muck soil, that came from the shallows of what once was the Champlain Sea.

1954

In 1958, they bought their first agricultural land, which they had to prepare and drain in order for it to be ready for vegetable growing. The three brothers worked closely together, drawing the base of business partnerships that are still in place today.

1958

Delfland was officially created in 1983, when Léo and Yvon decided to partner up with their father. The name was chosen in honor of Cisca And Arie’s native region in Holland: the Delfland region, and its main town, Delft.

1983

Stephan Van Winden

Stéphane buys his father’s shares of the company and partners up with his brothers.

1989

Eric Van Winden

Éric partners up with his brothers.

1993

In 1998, we purchased 1000 acres of land, tripling the area of land owned by Delfland. At the end of that same year, Leo passed away.

1998

Martin partners up with his brothers.

2001

A few years later, in 2004, we decided to centralize production in a single location, Napierville. We therefore sold our land in Sherrington.

2004

In 2013, the Van Winden family from Delfland was named Agricultural family of the year. This prize was meant not only to honor the current managers but also the founders and the rest of the siblings who spent their youth working in the fields as well as the numerous grandchildren who followed in their footsteps.


In the same year, Gabriel becomes the first member of the third generation to be a Delfland shareholder.


Passion is transmitted from generation to generation in our family!

2013

Un rêve cultivé

In December of 2016, a book written by Céline Daigneault was launched: “Un rêve cultivé”. This book tells our parents’ story, as well as our uncles’, who came from Holland to cultivate the muck soil of Sherrington.

2016