About Jacob

In 1967, Jacob (Jake) Vanderschaaf moved from his native country of The Netherlands to Canada. After completing his university studies in the United States, he spent four years working on farm policy with a farm organization in Canada. He then worked as a special assistant in the office of the Minister of Agriculture, Eugene Whelan.

In 1996, Jake co-founded The Little Potato Company with his daughter Angela Santiago, who is now the CEO of the Edmonton-based company. The company’s purpose and values: “Everyone, everywhere deserves to have healthy and great food. So we are on a mission to better feed the world. Potatoes are one of the world’s most efficient crops. Not only are they good for you, they’re good for the environment. By going back to the potato’s roots we have uncovered the same types of potato varieties first cultivated—small, highly nourishing, diverse, and packed with flavor. This amazing vegetable is a gift, and we see it as our job to bring the potato back to its original glory.

Additionally, he launched Tuberosum Technologies in 1997, a potato breeding company based in Saskatchewan. Tuberosum’s primary focus is to create more resilient crop with higher yields, more nutrients, and more resistant to abiotic stresses. Achieving potato varieties with these qualities will lessen the strain potato production has on the grower and the environment. Using traditional breeding methods, Tuberosum Technology’s mandate is to help feed the world better.

Jake is past owner of Sunrise Potatoes, a farming operation located near Outlook, SK. He is also the co-founder of Potatoes Without Borders.

Jacob Vanderschaaf resides in the Prairie town of Broderick in Canada’s Saskatchewan province. You are welcome to reach out to him on his phone or send him an email:
+1 (306) 867-7090