Lenberg Farms was the original 100 acre goat dairy farm located near Lindsay, Ontario owned by Bruce and Sharon Vandenberg. In February of 2018, the Bons family took over ownership of the goat herd and moved the herd to their new state-of-the-art goat farm in Lindsay.
From Holland to the Kawarthas: Business deal done ‘on a handshake’
by Mary Riley Kawartha Lakes This Week
Bruce Vandenberg, owner of Mariposa Dairy, says the story of Martin and Sonja Bons and their move to Canada came about because the Bons and their five children had the courage to “leave everything behind” in their native Holland.
Vandenberg says Martin Bons worked a herd of 750 dairy goats on his farm in Holland along with his brother, who raised dairy cattle.
Because there was no room to expand his Holland farm, Bons applied for a visa to come to Canada in 2010.
“The visa was due to expire in November of 2015,” Vandenberg said, adding the Bons couldn’t sell their Holland farm and goat herd due to the European economic climate at the time.
“In the summer of 2015, I got a call from Martin, asking if I had a mature herd, which we did, about 1,300 goats,” he said.
In October of 2015 the two men worked out a deal by which the Bons would come to Canada and manage the Vandenberg herd for two years, supplying the goats milk for Mariposa Dairy.
After that time period, the Bons had the option to buy the Vandenberg farm or another property and take over ownership of the herd.
Vandenberg said managing Mariposa Dairy’s renowned cheese operation and a large herd of goats “had become overwhelming” so the agreement with the Bons came at the perfect time.
“And, it was all done on a handshake,” Vandenberg said