Bryce Drummond is the Territory Manager at McCain Fertilizer plus co-own Drummonds Christmas Tree Farm and beef operation, Alelbria Farms. He lives on his family farm with his wife Megan and children Rynn and James. Bryce now has 12 acres of Christmas trees on his farm and offer both a u-cut or precut options after planting the first tree on their farm in 1985. The cow/calf beef operation consists of 25 commercial cows with a purebred Angus Bull. Growing up on his family farm in South Freetown, Bryce always knew that he wanted to farm.
Name: Bryce Drummond
Occupation: I am the Territory Manager at McCain Fertilizer. I also co-own Drummonds Christmas Tree Farm and Alelbria Farms which is a beef operation.
What does your job entail?
It changes from day to day. I check fields for potato growers, cereal cover crops. I also make fertilizer and pesticide application recommendations. In the Spring, I look over soil reports and make various fertilizer blends. On the farm, I feed the cattle and bed pens up. I never wake up and know exactly what I’m doing.
How long have you been involved in the agriculture\food industry on PEI?
I have been involved in agriculture as long as I can remember. There were videos of me when I was two years old, picking up and moving straw around. My dad restarted the farm in 1985 after my grandfather passed away as they had gotten out of farming for a couple of years.
What is your education/ experience prior to entering your current job?
I have my Bachelor of Science in Agriculture with a major in Ag Business from the Nova Scotia Agricultural College (NSAC). I graduated from NSAC in 2008. In 2009 I was hired at McCain Fertilizer, and I now run the plant in Middleton, PEI. For a few summers while I was in school, I was the summer student at Cavendish Farms and at NSAC.
Are you involved in any extracurricular or community activities?
I was Chair of Certified Crop Advisors for Atlantic Canada (Term end at the 2019). I am also on the Board for the Freetown Cemetery.
What’s your favorite way to eat potatoes?
It would probably be mashed potatoes and new potatoes. Once or twice a year, while I am in a tractor, I will hop out and grab a potato from the soil, rub it off and take a bite out of it.
When you were a kid, what did you want to do when you grew up?
Farmer all the way, a vet crossed my mind at some point, but I am happy with my decision.
What would you want consumers to know about your business and the agriculture/food industry?
Farmers do the best with what tools are available; we push forward in soil health while using fewer chemicals and pesticides. Consumers should realize the amount of science behind it; we don’t make the decision just because we want to go out and spray for fun. The realization that there is a cost difference that farmers get compared to the grocery store is significant.
Why do you do what you do?
Because I love it, farming was the only interest in my life in terms of a career. I love working with the cattle the most; but being able to improve the soil health and make it better than it was before is a passion of mine.