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Bart and Laura Klessens

I grew up on a dairy farm in Perth County and went to University of Guelph to get my animal science degree. I returned home to work for a feed company and then for a Credit Union. My husband, Bart, and I dreamed of Dairy farming but couldn't afford to back in Perth County. We purchased a dairy farm close to Blenheim almost 10 years ago and since then, we've expanded our business, built a new home and grown our family. Our dollar has gone further and we have grown our business more than we ever could have back in Perth County. I'm excited to see what's next for us here in CK. 

One of the things that we love about CK is being so close to the lake, where we can take the kids and the dog for a picnic or a swim. CK also has great restaurants – Chatham Breakfast House, Rondeau Joe's and Bayside Brewery are our favourites. I've joined the local Milk committee and gotten to know the farming community better, and been able to support some stand up programs locally. 

One of the things that surprised me about moving to CK was the great resources for families, which we have been starting to utilize more and more as our oldest is in his first year of school at St Anne's Catholic School. He played soccer last summer and has already done three different skating programs, gone to camp, and taken gymnastics. All 3 kids have taken swimming lessons at the indoor pool in Blenheim. We've spent lots of time at the splash pads and Greenview Aviaries.

To be completely honest, it's taken a while to call CK home but when I consider my surroundings and evaluate our time here, it couldn't be better. We've met so many great people – both from CK and not. If I was to give anyone advice about coming here, it would be to just jump in and get connected. The people are diverse, friendly and interesting and the resources are here – you just have to put yourself out there.