There’s nothing better than driving to work and looking at a field of beautiful cattle enjoying the clover with the Rideau River in view behind them.
Thousands of Ottawa commuters have had their day enriched by the cattle of Black Rapids farm, which is only 20 minutes from Parliament Hill, but a devastating fire last Friday changed all of that, when Peter Ruiter arrived home from lunch too late to save his herd.
I haven’t been able to drive by yet, that is until today. There is new life and new hope at the farm!
My Grandpa was a farmer and nothing made him happier than new life born at the farm. I’m happy to hear that Peter Ruiter is expecting more.
When a morning commute into work includes a drive past a herd of content looking Holstein cattle, something magical happens. A connection is made to the food we eat and the hard working farm family.
Farms in the city is something uniquely ‘Ottawa’ and it makes us richer, not to mention the air. Smelling a little farm air is good for the soul, don’t ‘ya think? *wink*!
The idyllic barns, one of which, like Canada, was 150 years old, were swallowed up by fire. Neighbours have started a GoFundMe page to fundraise so that the Ruiter family can rebuild. Insurance doesn’t cover much of what was lost.
Over 350 people have pitched in $28 000 so far, but there’s still a long way to go before reaching the goal of $150 000.
I wish they could make a few dollars for every smile their cattle have given us over the years.