Watch us Fight the Flames on Dragons’ Den

Join us on October 19th, 2016 at 8 pm EST on CBC to see us battle the Dragons.

It’s hard to believe it was last April when we filmed this episode. CBC only airs half of the pitchers filmed, so we are thrilled to have been selected to be featured on their “Shop the Den” special. For the uninitiated, Dragons’ Den is the Canadian version of Shark Tank, and Kevin O’Leary and Robert Herjavec began their television careers on the show. In fact, they were Dragons for about eight years before they migrated to Shark Tank.

You can see by the images, there were some light moments in the den. I can say, it’s a pretty terrifying experience, but it’s not all warfare in there! The Dragons are a tough bunch, but also very nice.

We are just wrapping up design and formula for a product that was inspired by something one of the Dragons said, which was kind of a big joke at the time, but turned out to be a great product!  See you in the den.

Toronto Gift Fair August 7-10, 2016

Retailers, stop by and see what’s in our new gift boxes at Buckstone #8501, Congress Centre, at the Toronto Gift Fair. Twelve new products, two new displays, and two gift boxes just ready for the holiday season. See you soon!

Walton turns 2!

On June 14th, 2016, Walton turned 2! This was a major cause for excitement, as according to Forbes Magazine,  90% of start-ups fail within 24 months. Things are looking good for Walton Wood Farm!

We had a terrific party attended by all the the people instrumental in helping our business  grow an interesting and wonderful crop of products. Look out year 3…we’re coming for you.

A great big farm ‘yeehaw’ and ‘thank you’ to our customers and community partners. Love, Walton the Pig.

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Practicing Slaying the CBC Dragons

I’m practicing every day to slay those shrewd Dragons.  CBC Dragons’ Den gives you about a month to prepare to film the show. We pitch April 24th, but will not be told when we air until two weeks prior.

I’m equal parts excited and terrified. There are no do-overs, after all. All bumbles and goof-ups will be forever etched into the unforgiving archive that is Google. In 2016, the realty is; there is nothing certain in life but death, taxes, and the Internet eternal.  I must know my numbers. I must know my numbers. I must know my numbers.

It’s been so long since I’ve walked in high heels, yesterday I took them for a spin just to make sure I could still do it. Those metal stairs on-set look like they could eat shoes, so a scurried up and down the wooden steps at home about a dozen times. So far, so good.

I practiced my pitch about 1000 times before I realized it was too long by about a factor of two. Rewriting and re-memorizing is the equivalent of shifting into reverse whilst speeding down the Autobahn in an Austin Martin clocking 180 MPH. Cut, splice, cut– must get it down to 1:15. Feels as though I’m cramming a pregnant water buffalo into my carry-on luggage.

10 Things I’m Bringing to My Dragons’ Den Audition

Walton Wood Farm is taking our CPO (Chief Pig Officer), and heading to Kitchener on March 9th to audition for the CBC hit show, Dragon’s Den. It was only two years ago I eagerly watched the show each week, with no idea and no business, never suspecting I’d have this opportunity. I wonder how long the line to get in will be?

Things to bring;

  1. Personality. Must be larger than life. Must be larger than life. Must be larger than life. Etc. Etc.
  2. Pig (who can resist a cute pig face?)
  3. Protein bars (non cricket based, sorry Entymo Farms)
  4. Butter tart from Doo Doo’s ( bribe for producer)
  5. Signature apron – part of my persona (really because it disguises evidence of chocolate and wine problem)
  6. Product. Duh!
  7. Phone charger – so I can watch DD episodes whilst waiting in line. Think Rocky for biz.
  8. Twitter – must Tweet experience of being in line with other weird and wacky people like me.
  9. Chocolate espresso beans. Goes without saying.
  10. Tissue. In case of humiliation. Tissue. In case they pick me. Tissue. In case I have a cold.