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Grass fed Beef

We raise purebred shorthorn cattle. Known for their gentle demeanour and excellent maternal instincts, they are a joy to have on our farm. We believe in calm, quiet respectful handling of animals, which ensures stress free interactions. Reducing stress in animals contributes to overall health and to enhanced taste and tenderness. We rotate cattle to new paddocks daily ensuring consumption of a variety of grasses at peak nutritional value. Hooves on the ground help to incorporate uneaten plant matter and manure nutrients thereby fertilizing soil and stimulating plant root growth, creating even more nutritionally dense pasture. Cattle enjoy winter rotational grazing and eat stockpiled perennial grasses, cover crops or by-products from a harvested crop. Raising cattle in this manner greatly reduces the need for fossil fuels used in haymaking and compost handling. This decreases our farm’s environmental impact and increases overall sustainability of raising annual crops and livestock.

Beef is available as individual cuts or 20 lb packs, and pre-order by the quarter, half or whole cow.


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Grass fed Lamb

Sheep contribute similarly in rotational grazing systems. By adding multiple animal species to our pastures, we increase our farm’s biodiversity. Sheep tend to eat what cattle may consider unpalatable, thereby utilizing more forage and balancing our multispecies pastures. Sheep and cattle are also end hosts for many of each other’s parasites. This, along with proper animal nutrition and holistic management practices, is how we raise our animals without any pharmaceuticals.

Lamb is available as individual cuts and pre-order by the half or whole lamb. Contact us if you’re interested in wool.


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Heritage Pork

Our heritage breed pigs are well known for their flavourful meat. They are given outdoor access to fresh air and sunshine and are allowed to express their true nature as pigs. After the spring thaw when cattle and sheep go to pasture, we let the pigs have the run of the barn and do what they do best – root through the bedding pack for grain and insects, which mixes the straw allowing it to aerate and become excellent, natural fertilizer. While producing beautiful pigs, this practice greatly reduces inefficiencies normally involved in the composting process and creates a stable organic fertilizer that can be returned to the fields with minimal nutrient loss.

Pork is available as individual cuts or 10 lb packs, and pre-order by the half or whole hog.


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Pastured Chickens & Eggs

You will find heavy red broilers and Plymouth barred rock hens grazing in our fields. As part of our rotational grazing system, they are allowed to forage naturally and share the same pastures as cattle and sheep. They are also incorporated into our crop operation by grazing grass waterways, field buffers and harvested cropland. This purifies the soil of unwanted pests that are detrimental to livestock and crop health. Along with ruminants, chickens add fertilizer to the land throughout their travels. They are moved to new grass twice daily and are protected from predators. To ensure a balanced diet, they are fed free choice premium non-GMO feed.


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Raw Honey

Cattle, sheep and chickens are certainly not the only foraging species required to regenerate soil and plant life within an ecosystem. Bees are excellent foragers and they play a tremendous role in the health and productivity of our farm. They transfer pollen and nectar from one flower to another, fertilizing the plant so that a fruit, containing seeds, can develop. We have many flowering plant species available for pollination. Permacultures and multispecies cover crops keep our bees healthy and productive. We do not use pesticides that are harmful to bee populations. Unpasteurized, raw honey has many health benefits and is known for its anti-oxidant, anti-inflammatory and anti-bacterial properties.

Our honey is available in 500 gram or 1 kilogram jars year round.


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Legumes & Small Grains

Our goal is to produce the most nutritious plant-based proteins possible by encouraging diversity of plant and animal species on the land. The crops we grow depend on vibrant soil to produce nutrient dense food high in vitamin and mineral content. We promote soil health on our fields through several management practices. Zero tillage on our farm has enhanced insect and microbial life, virtually eliminated soil erosion and improved water quality of local lakes, rivers, and streams. Annual crops are planted as multi species intercrops, as opposed to monocultures. Growing annual crops in this way greatly contributes to farm diversity, reduces overall pest pressure, and is a cornerstone of sustainable, organic, plant-based protein production. Cover crops improve soil health through plant diversity while providing highly nutritious feed for our livestock and absorbing literally tonnes of carbon from the atmosphere each year. Integrating livestock into annual crop production drastically improves the efficiency and sustainability of both systems. After a crop is harvested, animals also cycle nutrients by grazing its by-products or a subsequent cover crop. This reduces or eliminates the need for petroleum-based fertilizers, significantly shrinking the carbon footprint of the crop.

Contact us for current selection of edible beans, peas and small grains.