Ravi farms with his wife of 10 years and two children. His favourite way to eat chicken is on the BBQ with a bit of seasoning; not complicated, but very tasty. When not starring in action movies, Ravi serves as the President of the Chicken Growers’ Association.
What is your favourite thing about being a chicken farmer?
Every day brings different challenges. It’s never the same. I also love that what I do–providing food–is for everyone.
How did you get into chicken farming?
My family has grown raspberries and blueberries for over 40 years. Eleven years ago, after completing university and working in the private sector for a while, I decided that I wanted to do what I did all my life growing up, be a farmer. After much research I decided to try chicken farming. I asked my father to be my partner and he agreed. It’s been great ever since.
Describe a typical day for you the farm.
I don’t know if any day is typical, however, daily chores include walking through all the barns, looking and listening to the chickens, feeling the atmosphere and checking that all the equipment (feeders, water lines, etc.) are working properly. This is done 2-3 times per day. I can also monitor conditions from my computer and my smartphone. I also spend time in my office doing paperwork and answering emails.
As President of the BC Chicken Growers’ Association I attend meetings on behalf of the farmers in this province. Representing the farmers on all types of issues from environmental to animal care to financial. I also work with my father on his raspberry and blueberry farms. This is especially busy during the harvest in summer.
Describe your experience on set for the Chicken Squad campaign?
It was a ton of fun! Interacting with other farmers, learning how to be an action hero, feeling pride in what we were doing and getting the message out about what we do, how we do it and why we love it was a great experience.
What do you like to do outside of the farm?
Spending time with my family both on and off the farm. I love to play sports such as soccer, golf and snowboarding. We also enjoy learning about other cultures and how we can improve our lives by looking at the way other people do things.