2012 Saskatchewan Outstanding Young Farmers:


Sue Echlin and Vance Lester, Living Sky Winery, Perdue, SK

Sue Echlin and Vance Lester, Living Sky Winery, Perdue

The 2012 Saskatchewan Outstanding Young Farmers were announced at the awards luncheon banquet
Friday, June 22, 2012, Queensbury Salon A, Evraz Place.

The event is held in conjunction with the Western Canada Farm Progress Show.


The 2012 Nominees were:

Sue Echlin and Vance Lester

Living Sky Winery, Perdue, SK

Sue Echlin and Vance Lester’s passion for agriculture comes in many different flavours – rhubarb, raspberry and haskap to name a few.  Sue and Vance are co-proprietors of one of Saskatchewan’s newest treasures – Living Sky Winery.  Located near Perdue, the prairie couple take the fruits grown on their farm and turn them into award winning wines.  Inspiration came from a trip to British Columbia, coupled with a can-do attitude and tonnes of creativity, Sue and Vance have created products designed for many palates. Dedicated to quality and local ingredients, Living Sky Winery is operated under the philosophy of community enhancement and life enjoyment.  www.livingskywinery.com

Jason Dearborn

MaxCrop Farm Ltd., Regina, SK

Jason Dearborn is a 5th generation Saskatchewan farmer operating his agribusiness in 21st century style. Despite a rich heritage in traditional grain farming, Jason sees value in looking at new models for Saskatchewan farms.  He has successfully experimented with pulse crops, spice crops, a brewing company and most recently initiated a new management structure for Canadian farmers.  Jason is the Chief Agricultural Operations Manager for MaxCrop Farm Ltd, a professional farmland management firm located in Regina.  His interests and experiences range from international farm equipment sales to agriculture software to theology and provincial politics.  Jason served as Saskatchewan Member of the Legislative Assembly for two terms in the Kindersley riding.