Canada's First Truffle Farm
Our History - Since 1999
The Truffle Farm began in 1999, when the plan was coming into it’s own. The theory that Black Perigord Truffles could be farmed in Canada was un-tested at the time.
In 1999, Canadian Agriculture had not considered truffle production yet, and it took multiple years of testing to inoculate multiple species of trees and plants to see what could host the Black Perigord Truffles.
Back in 1996-1999, our parents Grant and Betty set their minds to trying testing and proving truffle growth on Vancouver Island. They started testing trees to produce Truffles. They were the first to prove we can grow Truffles in Canada, and today we continue to develop and expand our plantations.
The Truffle Farm took great time and care to test many tree species to identify and prove which trees would host the Black Perigord Truffle. There was many years of testing all trees to prove that the Hazelnut and Garry Oak established the symbiotic relationship.
Since Black Perigord Truffles grow at the roots of our Garry Oak and Hazelnut trees, we needed help hunting the truffles. This was when Grant and Betty decided to look into the best truffle hunting dogs available.
They found Lagotto Romagnolo to be the best truffle hunting dogs available. They have been trained since the 1800s specifically to hunt truffles and look for that specific scent. Before the 1800s, Lagotto Romagnolo were a versatile hunting companion dog and would go out and guard the land and hunt with their family for hours.
Now today, we continue the tradition of the Lagotto Romagnolo breed and continue to train our Lagotto Romagnolo puppies and dogs to be able to hunt the scent of these rare and decadent truffles.
A photo of the founding family of The Truffle Farm, taken 2007
Canada's First Truffle Farm & Lagotto Romagnolo Breeders
The Truffle Farm Begins
For Betty & Grant's retirement, they decided to move to the stunning & beautiful Parksville, Vancouver Island with a plan to cultivate a Truffle Farm.
Lagotto Romagnolo Puppy Imported from Italy
In the early 2000s, Betty & Grant Duckett imported their first, and Canada's first Lagotto Romagnolo puppy to the Truffle Farm at Parksville, Vancouver Island. When they imported the Lagotto dog, they were not even recognized by the Canadian Kennel Club yet.
First Truffle Inoculum Imported
With extensive research & trial and error, our parents Betty and Grant Duckett imported their first Black Perigord Truffle inoculum. They tried multiple plant species to find a Truffle host, and eventually found success with Garry Oak and Hazelnut trees. They were the first known Canadian farmers to successfully cultivate Truffles in Canada.
First Known Black Perigord Truffle Harvested in Canada
The Truffle Farm (The Truffle Portion of our farm was and is known as Duckett Truffieres) are Canada’s first producer of Black Perigord Truffle (2007). With only knowledge of which trees host truffle in Europe, agricultural experience, hard work, patience and tenacity, Ducketts have now spent many years incubating, inoculating and growing truffle-hosting trees. Trufficulture is a new dimension in Canadian agricultural diversification. There is no way to know what effect small variations in microclimate, location and trufficulture methods may have in Canada without years of scientific study.
Lagotto Romagnolo Informational Presentation at CKC/CDJA Educational Conference 2012
“The Canadian Kennel Club and the Judges Association asked us to present Lagotto Romagnolo to the Educational Conference in Vancouver. Our dogs were awesome, and they performed spectacularly as a strong working Lagotto Romagnolo would. They showed themselves so beautifully, it was unbelievable.” - Betty Duckett on Shaw TV Feature
2016 & 2017
1st Place Westminster 2016 & 2017 Lagotto Romagnolo Showing
Anna Dal Mulino Rosso – out of Gleska kennel, paired with Angelus Mei, whelped a wonderful litter in 2017 (both lineages won Westminster 2016 + 2017 Lagotto Romagnolo Showing).
Who We Are
We are a family run farm
Peter BrietzkeThe Truffle Farm Owner
The one who holds it all together. Peter is the owner and rock of all that happens for our farm and life. His great accomplishment is his family and shows through all that he does. Peter loves to make others happy, this is his true joy.
Virginia BrietzkeThe Truffle Farm Owner
Virginia Brietzke truffle farm coordinator through organizing and planning. I pride myself on providing joy and peace to all aspects of life. I love being part of a team and pulling through a well executed plan that makes a difference for a quality life. A proud recipient of Canada's first woman to receive a chairman's award for best customer service and sales.
Garrett BrietzkeCare Taker
Loves to connect people. His joy is seeing farm growth and raising baby animals. Steady and consistent is his mantra for life. He also loves to give back to his community in any way he can.
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Located at 420 Lowrys RD, Parksville, B.C. - Canada