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Anderson Family Farm

Leanne and Brad grew up two miles from one another – immersed in completely different but equally busy farms as children – yet never got to know each other until they were nearly finished high school.

They have now completed construction of a home on Brad’s family farm just south of Cypress River, where his grandfather was born. The farm is 135 years old and includes about 1500 cropped acres.

The Andersons and their four children have been working hard to make their farm more sustainable than the wheat-canola operation they took over in 2011.  Soil health is becoming a bigger focus every year.

They have greatly diversified their operation to include over 10 different crops in rotation. Cover crops, intercropping and multispecies perennial crops are now incorporated across the farm.  To complement this, Brad has started a mobile seed cleaning business with a focus on cleaning intercrop mixtures, organic products and delicate crops like beans.  They have planted over 7500 trees on the farm.  Fruit trees and nuts could be integrated next!

Since 2004, the Andersons have been raising pasture-raised chickens and turkeys based on Joel Salatin’s production model. After taking a Holistic Management course through the University, they added pasture pork, grass fed beef, and now sheep to the mix.

Recently forming a partnership with Jessica Chamberlin and Ian Cabernel of Spring Creek Farms, they work together to raise the livestock which they market through their other partnership: Spring Creek Farm.  Spring Creek Farm has recently completed construction of a new meat shop and warehouse in the town of Cypress River where they will base their distribution. You can also find Anderson Family Farm meats on the Harvest Moon Local Food Initiative website.

The Anderson kids are now 8-13 years old and are getting involved in the farm.  This year the kids will be helping in the field and taking over raising some pasture chickens and planting 4 acres of sweet corn for u-pick and delivery.

 

Pasture Raised Meats (chicken, turkey, pork, beef, lamb)

Sweet Corn (u-pick/we-pick)

Custom Mobile Seed Cleaning

REGION
West
Cypress River, Manitoba
CONTACT
P: 204-825-4568
PRODUCTS
Meat
Vegetables

Good Earth Gardens and Berries

John and Pam Griffin are just getting started on what will hopefully one day be the most dynamic strawberry U-pick farms in the province – from a bale maze to a farm stay campground, the possibilities on the 14-acre property of Good Earth Gardens and Berries are endless. The Griffin’s 5-acre strawberry U- and Pre-Pick is off to a great start despite the juggling of jobs, family life and field work they do. Since John works in Winnipeg four days of the week, most of the weeding, mulching and harvesting is done as a combination of piece-work hired help, monthly WOOFers and family gardening weekends. The berries are mulched with straw in the fall and, aside from the odd spot spraying while the plants are dormant, weeds are prevented using a variety of cover crops such as fall rye, buckwheat, peas and clover. The couple still plans to make compost tea to spray on their plants throughout the season. Other ideas for the farm include an ice cream stand, a petting zoo and tunnel city, all of which their three children get rather excited about as soon as John mentions them.

REGION
West
Glenboro, MB
CONTACT
P: 204-827-2706
PRODUCTS
Fruit
U-pick Fruit

Food Ethos Farm

Food Ethos Farm supplies nutritious, delicious, and safe food for Winnipeg and South West Manitoba, with a focus on food security, community development and vitality, and conserving our agricultural and ecological environment around us!

REGION
West
Food Ethos Farm, Rd 3 N, Coulter, Manitoba
CONTACT
P: 204-793-3095
PRODUCTS
CSA
Fruit
Meat
Vegetables

Windy Lake Farm

Windy Lake Farm is the result of two individuals with farming backgrounds re-creating a livelihood shaped to fully support themselves and their son. “Everything on here we build from scratch,” Corinne says. “I honestly don’t know what we would do if we weren’t farming.”

Andy and Corinne Grift moved to their farm – an 80-acre plot of grazing land with a tree-lined marshy pond – in the spring of 1989. They started raising Yorkshire-Landres pigs and Simental-Angus cows in their first year, establishing some make-shift pens outside as there was no barn on the property. The couple set to work establishing infrastructure on their new home, including the barn and the house they now live in, which Andy built using 100-year-old lumber from old buildings his father, brother and him tore down.

While establishing a local market for their pork, the couple also started raising meat birds and rotationally grazing their cattle using land they purchased and seeded with alfalfa, clover and various brome grasses. They now own about a half section of land and produce some of their own grains for chicken feed and hay for bale-grazing their cattle. The Grifts recently started raising sheep as well and offering lamb to their growing customer base.

REGION
West
Swan Lake, Manitoba
CONTACT
P: 204-836-2622
PRODUCTS
Meat

Raven Creek Farm (Bee Wares)

Roger and Cathy Desilets have been learning about the secret life of bees for almost thirty years. They started with 25 hives and now operate about 60 colonies along the Riding Mountain National Park, producing honey mostly from organic crops, raising queens from their best breeding stock and continually learning how best to prevent losses in the winter. Their steadfast dedication and energy for small-scale bee-keeping has given way to opportunities involving the sweet stuff, creating a multi-product business for them and their family.

Cathy and Roger moved to the area of Oakburn in 1983 and started a market garden and greenhouse in addition to their bees. After one growing season they decided to focus on the latter two of the three, putting the majority of their energy into bee-keeping. In the early 1990s, while attending craft shows, they met a bee-keeper and candlemaker from England who also made skin care products utilizing honey, beeswax, royal jelly and a by-product called propolis, a sticky substance collected by the bees mostly from the buds of balsam poplar. Propolis is known to contain healing properties and has been found to be very effective in the treatment of eczema, psoriasis, rosacea as well sunburned skin.

When their friend decided to retire, he invited Roger and Kathy to learn first-hand how to manufacture the skin care products. He eventually gifted them with his business. The couple has continued to attend craft shows, bringing with them their honey, candles and the skin care line. They have built up a customer base that stretches far across Canada. Their products are also carried in select retail outlets.

REGION
Central
Oakburn, Manitoba
CONTACT
P: 204-234-5271
PRODUCTS
Honey
Personal Care

J Berard Garden

Jeanne Berard has been gardening for 35 years and the last four years researching and developing an organic vegetable production, creating a business for herself that she enjoys with her whole heart. She is the only female market garden entrepreneur in Manitoba who has been organically-certified since the beginning and maintains a self-sufficient venture apart from her farming lifestyle. Her and her husband farm about 1000 acres of non-organic grain, hay and pasture near Notre Dame du Lourdes. Jeanne plays both a supportive and partnership role in the farm, jumping on the combine when an extra hand is required or staying back to send out meals, coordinate phone calls and filling in anywhere she is needed.

In 2008, Jeanne began working on the DeRuyck’s Top of the Hill farm, at the time were producing vegetables on a few acres of their land. She dove into each aspect of their operation, from planting to weeding, to then harvesting, packaging and making deliveries with them into Winnipeg. She became well-acquainted with each of the chefs and store owners who ordered produce from the DeRuycks on a regular basis, enjoying the blend of building connections and improving the transparency of the business. By the end of the summer, the DeRuycks were offering to help and mentor Jeanne so that she could continue to fulfill their orders but transition the production to her farm. She spent that fall and winter taking courses on organic vegetable growing and acquiring the materials she would need in order to work towards gaining organic certification on her own land.

Jeanne’s 4-acre garden was certified in 2010 through OPAM after she enrolled in the Manitoba Organic Transition Program (MOTP) to ensure she was taking the right steps. The plots are now home to some of her infamous favourites like rainbow carrots (five colours!), banana fingerling potatoes, various winter squashes (grown for Tall Grass Prairie Bakery!) and heirloom tomatoes. Over half of the seeds she plants have been saved from varieties she has come to know and trust and the rest she purchases are non-GMO and untreated.

REGION
Central
Notre Dame de Lourdes, Manitoba
CONTACT
P: 204-723-0532
PRODUCTS
Vegetables

FortWhyte Farms

FortWhyte Farms engages under-served youth in Winnipeg using sustainable agriculture to acquire employment training and build leadership skills while instilling values of individual and community self-reliance.

We raise organic vegetables, culinary herbs and bedding plants on 1.5 acres and in a passive solar, cold-climate greenhouse.

Our heritage breed livestock are raised humanely on pasture and available farm gate and at our on-site Farmer’s Market.

FortWhyte Farms is a social enterprise, a business whose purpose goes beyond a purely financial “bottom line” to see profit in the far reaching social and economic benefits that extend into the lives of individuals, families and communities.

REGION
Winnipeg
1961 McCreary Rd Winnipeg, MB R3P 2R9
CONTACT
P: 204-895-2373
PRODUCTS
CSA
Meat
Vegetables

Poco-Razz Farm

Poco-Razz Farm has been in business since 1982. We are primarily a horse boarding facility with a large U-Pick operation during the growing season. We are located on the south side of Winnipeg, just past the Floodway Bridge on St. Mary’s Road, where it intersects with Greenview Road. We are 15 minutes south of the St. Vital Mall. We are not a certified organic farm but follow the practices that would allow us to be certified if we applied for that certification.

REGION
Winnipeg
130 Greenview Rd Winnipeg, MB R2N 4C6
CONTACT
P: 204-255-4717
PRODUCTS
Vegetables

The Farm

The roots of “THE FARM” begin as far back as 1906, when Pawlo (Paul) Ditz and Maryna (Sytynk) decided to immigrate to Canada. They left their beloved village Soroka in Husiatyn, a district of the province of Halychyna in Western Ukraine. They travelled many miles by wagon to Ternopol, Ukraine, then by train to Hamburg, Germany. After 18 days on a stormy rough sea, they landed in Halifax. The couple preceded to Manitoba, where they were met by Michael Sytynk, Maryna’s father. They stayed in his home, eight miles northeast of Oakburn, where “THE FARM” officially began as a homestead. It continues to produce a bounty of vegetables every year under the Ditz name, now owned and operated by Paul and Maryna’s grandson, Kelly.

On several occasions, while Kelly was preparing to leave Winnipeg and visit his family’s homestead for a few days, he would be asked by a friend where he was going. Kelly’s reply was always “THE FARM” – since then, the name has been imprinted on the third-generation piece of land. For Kelly, producing food using only organic methods come second nature. Having grown up on “THE FARM”, Kelly is very familiar with the 227 acres of the soil that surrounds his family’s homestead. The land which has grown alfalfa, barley, canola, oats, peas, wheat and vegetables has always been grown organically. Kelly understands and appreciates the value of organic farming as he has served on the Manitoba Organic Alliance (MOA) for two years.

Kelly uses environmentally friendly and sustainable practices. This involves the saving of seeds from past healthy and natural plants for next year’s crop. He continues to produce and sell a wide variety of vegetables every growing season that he sells to a variety of customers in Winnipeg and the surrounding area of “THE FARM”.

Products:  shallots, magnificent Manitoba winter garlic, seasonal root vegetables, squash, beans, cucumbers, onions

REGION
Central
Oakburn, Manitoba
CONTACT
P: 204-234-5524
PRODUCTS
Fruit
Vegetables

Big Oak Farm

Will Braun and Jennifer deGroot moved to Big Oak Farm in 2012 with a passion to grow trustworthy food and raise their children in wide open spaces. Both grew up rurally and market gardened near Winnipeg for several years. They were involved in the West Broadway Good Food Club as well as organizers of 100 Mile Manitoba. Will, Jennifer, Zavi and Matoli live off the land raising vegetables, herbs, fruits, honey, meats, eggs and fibre.  Their flock of Icelandic sheep provides purebred registered breeding stock, wool and pelts.

REGION
Central
Morden, Manitoba
CONTACT
P: 204-822-8288
PRODUCTS
Fibre
Meat
Vegetables