Farming in the Mandair family can be traced back for generations, starting in the fertile lands of Punjab, India. Surinder and Jasbir Mandair began their journeys separately in Canada in the late 70’s, and married in 1981, thus beginning their journey as young farmers that would face the trials and tribulations of being new immigrants trying to obtain the Canadian dream of integration and success.
Surinder and Jasbir began their farming journey in the small community of Langley British Columbia, farming Fraser Valley’s most delicious vegetables such as broccoli, cauliflower and sprouts. In 1983, they welcomed their first child and decided to move closer to family, thus making their way to Abbotsford, where they would raise their four children: Balreet, Harpreet, Manmeet and Gursajan. As the interest rates began to rise in the mid to late 80’s, the Mandair’s found it harder to make ends meet as humble farmers. The hardships of these times caught up with the young family and their passion of farming was put on hold. Surinder and Jasbir turned their attention towards their children, and kept their love for farming alive through the land owned by Jasbir’s parents. During this time their children were taught the values of growing their own food and the passion for agriculture was slowly passed down to the next generation. In 2005, the Mandair’s were presented with a great opportunity to purchase their current home and property. Twelve years ago, Surinder, Jasbir and their four children reignited their love for agriculture; 889 Clearbrook Road has become the central hub for the Mandair Farms operation.
In 2015 the Mandair family suffered a tremendous loss of the patriarch of the family, Surinder Mandair. The abundant love and passion for farming and the value of hard work were passed down to their children. At the age of 22 with the help of his friends and family, the youngest of the Mandair clan Sajan Mandair took on the role of farmer and continues the tradition of many generations.
In the span of 12 year Mandair Farms has fully embraced this second chance and dedicated their lives to cultivating and producing beautiful berries, vegetables and flowers! With new innovative farming technologies and practices Mandair Farms is dedicated to producing top quality local fresh food.