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,…

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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…

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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…

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Blue Lagoon Organics began when Lori Ann and Rene decided to take a lead role in what went into their food. “It’s so important to know what you are eating,” says Lori Ann, a retired elementary teacher who became allergic to penicillin during her career. After altering her diet to avoid conventionally-produced meats and dairy,…

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Breezy Way Farm, unsurprisingly, sits on a hill in one of the windiest spots in the Pembina Valley, overlooking wheat and canola fields and surrounded by the deepest snow drifts in the area during the winter months. The 5 and a half acres is the perfect spot for the prairie-loving Penner family to run a…

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Helen Eidse is someone who could convince anyone to stop and smell the flowers on any given day, simply with her inspiring and contagious knowing love of them – and everything else that grows in the ground, for that matter. “I come from a long line of gardeners. My mother was a gardener, my grandma…

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Bee-keeping comes so naturally to Phil Veldhuis, it’s like he entered the world with the skills to do so. Having been born into a bee-keeping family, his talent in handling bees was nurtured at a young age and at 16 years old was already working alongside his uncle kept bees near Treesbank, which is where…

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John Boy Farms grows garlic seed and food garlic on their 160 acre farm along the Red River in southern Manitoba. They sell food garlic from July until December and seed garlic from August until September. Jean-Guy (John) is an agronomist with a Bachelor of Science in agriculture and has been growing garlic since 2006.…

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Wild Earth Farms is run by Jeffrey and Janna Veenstra, located north east of Winnipeg between Oakbank and Bird’s Hill park. All the produce is grown without the use of pesticides, herbicides, or fungicides. Their CSA season is 20 weeks long from June until the end of October with 5 CSA pick up locations (North…

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Jim and Carolyn Lintott were among the first producers in Manitoba to begin direct-marketing 100% grass-fed and -finished beef back in 2004 following the BSE crisis. The couple’s business has been founded on honest relationships that they have worked to develop with their customers over the years. “It has taken us a long time to…

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