Wayne Oliver began his farming journey back in 1976 as a turf farmer in the Tilbury Industrial Park area of Delta. He grew sod to sell to landscapers and homeowners for a number of years before leaving the partnership in 1984 to pursue hay farming and cattle farming, eventually getting into vegetables. The vegetable farming began primarily with beans; pumpkins, rutabaga, squash and other crops were added later as he needed to rotate the crops in the fields.
Originally selling to produce wholesalers and some small farm stands in Richmond, Wayne first began selling at farmers markets in 2010, but got serious about mixed vegetables and farmers markets in 2012, the same year he joined the Surrey Urban Farmers Market. When asked why he decided to sell at Surrey, his first reply was, “Because they accepted me as a vendor.” He then added that he enjoys the Surrey market and that there are good people here, and he has since joined the board as a Director at Large.
In his non-farming life, Wayne has written for the Village Chronicler and been an avid trapshooter. He also has a linguistic bent and is fluent in Spanish. In the off season, Wayne enjoys catching up on some much-deserved sleep.