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
Meaghan Lomax, owner of Wildfire Farms since 2010, raises and sells free roaming chickens and pork and sells 100% grass fed and finished beef from the family farm. The Barnabe family has been raising beef for over 40 years.
Throughout the year, Meaghan manages sales and coordinates delivery/pickup dates to Winnipeg and surrounding areas. Check out Wildfire Farms online store for locations, dates and times of deliveries/pickups.
Products available at the St Norbert Farmers market and farm gate:
-100% grass fed and finished beef. Wildfire Farms has a variety of cuts such as steaks, roasts, ground, soup bones, organ meats and gluten free sausage, nitrate and sugar free.
-Free roaming heritage pork with cuts such as chops, roasts, hams, hocks, bacon, crackles and lard, nitrate and sugar free
-Free roaming broiler chickens, breasts, thighs, drums, ground, wings, organs, feet and soup bones.
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.
We are a U-Pick strawberry and raspberry farm with a petting zoo and picnic area. We offer school tours in May, June, August, September and October. We have a corn maze open in September and October.
Hodgins Farm is a family owned, multi-generational, pasture based livestock farm nestled in the Arrow Hills by Lenore, MB. We, Cameron and Lisa, along with our four young children are third generation farmers that farm regeneratively within the natural ecosystems to improve the health of the land and animals. We utilize organic and holistic management principles and enjoy hosting farm tours and educating others about our farm and regenerative agriculture.
We deliver regularly to Winnipeg, Brandon and Virden and offer a variety of products. All of our products are produced on our farm and are free of GMOs, antibiotics and added growth hormones. We use zero pesticides or chemical fertilizers on our farm.
The farm produces and sells new apples and cherry varieties developed by the University of Saskatchewan. There are currently 40+ varieties of apples and 6 varieties of cherries.
Green Pastures Farm is a mixed second generation family farm in southeastern Manitoba. Guy and Leah Bouchard primarily raise turkey and lamb, and they hand-make wool comforters using their sheep wool, as well as running a variety of educational programming on their farm.
The goal of their farm is to bless their family, community, and land they live on; They produce the best quality products they can by farming with good management and wise stewardship. Guy and Leah put high value on our farming lifestyle and love to share our perspective and experiences with others. Follow Green Pastures Farm on facebook to stay updated: www.facebook.com/farmgreenpastures/
Located near Elie, MB on Treaty 1 territory, Hearts & Roots is a small-scale, certified organic vegetable, fruit and flower farm.
We are passionate about growing food organically and looking after the health of the land we call home. We grow more than 45 different fruits and vegetables on five acres without the use of synthetic fertilizers, pesticides or herbicides. All of our seed is either organic or untreated and none of the species are GMO. For weed control we cultivate, hoe, flameweed or plant into biodegradable mulch. For soil health we use compost, organic fertilizers, and crop rotation. The farm is committed to responsible agriculture and the role it plays in an inspired community.
Come find us, friend us or follow us @heartsandroots on Instagram and Facebook and at www.heartsandroots.com.
Becky and Marv Wiebe and their 4 children run Fairlane Farm, offering a vegetable CSA, free-range pork and grass-fed beef. Their goal is to provide the Plum Coulee and Winkler area with good wholesome food for their families.
Follow Fairlane Farm on Instagram (@fairlanefarm) and Facebook