We are a 5th generation family farm owned by Dale and Natalie Thacker along with sons Kyle and Gavin and daughter Brianne. Dale was formerly one of the three partners of George Thacker Sons, along with his brothers Lynn and Jim. George Thacker Sons evolved from a family farm that began in 1919 and has been in the essential oil business for almost 40 years. GTS designed and built a PLC based automated distillation control system that gave the most consistent quality control in the industry. This system has been reengineered with a new process that is currently used by DTSC.
Our farm and processing facility is located at Bow Island, Alberta. This Southern Alberta location is known for its long hours of sunlight and cool evenings during the growing season for ideal growing conditions that produce premium quality essential oils. Our fields are irrigated with water that originates in the Rocky Mountains west of our location.
As of January 2007, the GTS partnership was dissolved and purchased by Dale Thacker Specialty Crops and Lynn Thacker Ag Corp in order to incorporate the next generation and allow for future growth.
DTSC has a full-time agronomist on staff, Gordon Reynolds is a certified crop advisor with over 30 years experience in crop production. He is responsible for monitoring the growing and irrigating of the crops and his extensive knowledge of all aspects of agriculture ensure continued high-quality crops produced on the farm. Dr. Refe Gaudiel is a valuable asset as a consultant and researcher in the essential oil industry in Canada and continues to work with DTSC to improve agronomic methods that promote the highest quality of oil production.
DTSC also incorporates precision farming practices with state-of-the-art, GPS and documentation programs for precise record keeping. As part of our commitment to environmental stewardship we are constantly seeking new ways to reduce our environmental footprint.