THE BOTDEN’SA JOURNEY THAT STARTED WITH AN APPLE
A JOURNEY THAT STARTED WITH AN APPLE
The Botden’s were born in the Netherlands, where Irma Botden studied social pedagogy and worked in the health care sector for several years. Marius Botden, taking an early interest in managing orchards, decided to earn a Bachelor’s degree in horticulture, specializing in growing fruit. Eager to advance his craft, he gained more experience by working in garden centres and at landscaping companies.
Once this entrepreneurial couple was married, they started their own fruit tree nursery, while Irma furthered her education by enrolling in an orchard maintenance course. Needless to say, the Botden’s have no lack of knowledge when it comes to this passion of theirs. In 2001, wanting to explore new challenges and expand their business, they decided to immigrate to Canada. Not only did they believe that Canada offered the best opportunity for success, but they fell in love with the country’s wide-open spaces and rich cultural mosaic.
Prior to their departure from the Netherlands, they negotiated the rights to become the exclusive growers of the Red Prince apple in Canada, and imported rootstock from their nursery in Holland. In 2001, they became co-owners of Botden Orchards. Since then, they have been dedicated to the continual discovery and implementation of innovative agricultural technologies and best apple production/management practices.
As of August 2013, they have become a fully integrated operation, as a grower/packer/shipper, now known as Blue Mountain Fruit Company. They have also invested and rebuilt this operation as a state-of-the-art packing facility.
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