What We Believe
Food. The way it was meant to be.
At the farm, we believe that food can be produced with care and patience. It should be wholesome, nourishing and delicious. With a balanced, responsible, and poly-cultural approach to farming, we’re committed to your health and the health of the environment. And of course, we are committed to food.
Food is central to health, both physical and social. Families come together over a good meal, friends catch up over lunch, and there’s nothing more intimate than sharing a meal with a special someone. Food that is raised in an ethical and sustainable manner is food that can be celebrated.
On the farm.
We want you to know where your food comes from. We want you to know how it was raised and what makes it so good for you. We want you to know how we farm differently. We welcome you to visit the farm.
A Different Kind of Farm
Balanced, responsible, sustainable farming.
Everyone working on the farm is committed to your health and the health of your environment. We cooperate with nature to produce healthy and nutritious food through ethical, respectful and sustainable farming practices. We grow an extensive variety of vegetables and raise diverse livestock and ensure that our farming practices invest in and work with nature, complementing and building upon the natural environment instead of exploiting, confining, and damaging it.
Rotational grazing on pasture.
Responsible farming begins with our respect for our pasture. The pasture’s soil is fertilized and nourished with natural amendments including manure, mushroom compost, and seaweed. No synthetic fertilizers or other artificial components are included or used.
We make sure our livestock are raised and tended ethically. The farm’s various animals – including cows, hens, chickens, sheep, and pigs – feed and are raised on balanced, fresh, and natural pastures on a rotational basis. That means they move from field to field in sequential order, consuming a variety of plants. This guided process, known as “rotational grazing”, helps enrich the health of both the pastures and animals. The animals take what they need from the land and, in turn, give back to that same land by returning nutrients in their waste that replenish the soil. No artificial food, harmful antibiotics, chemicals, or other pharmaceuticals are fed to our animals. As a result, our products – plant and animal – are naturally healthy, nutritious, and flavourful.
What makes our food so good for you?
We are committed to bringing you well-raised food that is wholesome, nutritious and great tasting. All of our livestock are raised and treated in ethical, natural, and sustainable ways, resulting in more healthful products. There are countless studies affirming the benefits of grass-fed animals, as pasture-raised animals are cleaner, healthier, and their meat is higher in many essential nutrients. We do not use pesticides, insecticides, fungicides, nor pharmaceuticals, antibiotics, or hormones or pharmaceutical substitutes for hormones.
The vegetables on our farm are clean and fresh. They’re free from any artificial chemicals or fertilizers, ensuring they’re naturally full of fibre, minerals, and vitamins. We only use organic seeds for over 30 different vegetables. In the winter, we grow fresh vegetables in the greenhouses as well, meaning you can have delicious vegetables throughout the year.
We raise Angus-Limousin cows, which rotate through pasture year-round, eating fresh grass in the summer, hay in the winter and raising their own young.
Grass-fed beef is lower in saturated fats linked to heart disease, and higher in omega-3, with a better ratio of omega 3 to omega 6, and a good source of other essential fatty acids such as conjugated linoleic acids (CLA). Pasture-raised beef has also been found to be higher in calcium, magnesium, potassium, and B-vitamins, thiamine and riboflavin.
Our hens are raised, treated, and cared for in an open and respectful manner. They are kept outdoors and regularly rotated to fresh pasture through the spring to fall, with easy access to a mobile henhouse. They are fed on our naturally fertilized pastures, and never given artificial or chemical antibiotics. In the winter, the hens are moved into a large enclosure in the barn, where they have heat lamps and special lighting to maintain their circadian rhythms.
Studies show that eggs produced this way have substantially more omega-3 fatty acids, vitamin E, and vitamin A. Meanwhile, they are lower in total fat, saturated fat, and cholesterol.
Our pigs are raised outdoors on the pasture with plenty of space to exercise, play, and relax. Their peaceful experiences help ensure that our pork is healthy, well-marbled, and naturally textured. Healthy and happy pasture-raised pigs, produce healthy, good-for-you pork with remarkable taste.
Pasture raised pork has far more vitamin E and selenium (a vital antioxidant) than pigs raised in confinement. This promotes healthy litters and enriches the meat as well.
We raise Dorper and Katahdin sheep. They grow hair as opposed to wool, and therefore don’t develop lanolin, which can give the meat that “mutton taste”. Our lambs have a mild and pleasing flavour, and all the benefits of being grass-fed, including twice as much lutein, a naturally occurring antioxidant, and high amounts of CLA in their milk. The herd remains outside, feeding on pasture with access to shelter and hay in winter.
Our chickens come to us when they are one day old and spend about three weeks in large enclosures in the barn eating organic, non-gmo feed, before they are big enough to head out to the pasture. There, they are moved to fresh grass everyday to fill their bellies with grass, grubs and bugs. Our chickens get to be chickens as they run around, scratch at the ground, and relax in the shade or the sunshine! The result is a healthy, robust, meaty bird that will change your mind when it comes to eating chicken; you’ll never want your chicken raised any other way. These pasture-raised chickens are chock full of vitamins and omega-3 fatty acids, are low in fat and have a far superior taste to conventionally raised chickens.