Jennifer and Matthieu purchased the 24 acre property in 2014 which is where Jennifer grew up. The Philippe family have been farming for years and decided to venture into a new market. Jennifer and Matthieu spend most of their summer days outside with their 2 children. Farming has always been a part of their life. The first acre of strawberries was planted in 2014 ready to be picked in 2015 which was their first year of opening! They now have 9 acres or u-pick and pre pick Strawberries!
At Fostering Change Farm we aim to make a difference. We aim to make a difference in the lives of family and friends, in the health of our animals, in the health of our land and in the way future generations live.
Life is constantly in a state of change. The seasons bring such change to all life. Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter. There is a continuous cycle to this process: birth, growth, dispersal, reproduction, be it in the plants or the animals, be it in ourselves or in the earth. Change brings everyone periods of happiness and times of anxiety. But change is what ensures life continues.
On our farm, we spend our time nurturing these changes. We aim to nurture or foster these changes in ways to maximize their positive impact on the environment, the health of the farm animals, the quality of the food we produce and the health of people on the farm and those consuming our food.
The farm is an 80 acre triangle (TRI-), bordered on two sides by canals, with 10 acres or so of poplar bush (-POP) that Ken is proud to have maintained for 43 years to date. Even when the mosquitoes reign supreme in there, the cows take advantage of its shady retreat and browsing opportunity. The humans cull firewood, listen to the songs of the frogs that share the dugout with the cows and the wild ducks and geese who stopover, and are continually awestruck by the brilliant sunsets seen through the silhouettes of the trees. There are wonderful photo opportunities on the farm, and Judy takes full advantage of it.
The Swains have come to farming by a roundabout route, city folk who wanted the space and self-direction afforded by a rural life. Ken has had many careers, from landscaping to taxi driving, radio announcer, child protection and human rights. Lynne worked in retail sales, Graham in warehousing, tow truck, autobody and car mechanics. Both are now legally blind but still succeed in feeding animals and maintaining farm machinery. Judy ran a licensed home daycare and, at age 50, began training as a chiropractor, with an focus on nutrition, and on the farmers’ markets in the area!
Ken has always built and maintained (or demolished) the farm structures. Graham started in with chickens as a kid, and added turkeys, cows and goats over the years, plus the foundational haying. He is the resident ‘midwife’ to many cows and goats. Lynne does the milk preparation for all the bottle babies. She does the anxious hovering too! Judy has joined Graham in the hen houses, is the major gardener, landscaper, builder, photographer, and now ‘the chick who sells chicken’ at the St. Norbert Saturday market, She was a member of the volunteer board that manages the Steinbach market and was intensively involved in its development for 4 years.
They sell eggs from free range chickens, grass-fed beef, chickens, turkeys and goats, as well as chicken livers and sausage (no msg, nitrates or gluten). Their meats are available at the farm year round, as long as supplies last, and at the St. Norbert Saturday market from June to October. Eggs are available a the farm. Chickens and livers are also available at Good’n Natural and at Nature’s Farm in Steinbach.
We love farm life, strawberries, fresh air and working outside. And we love that we can share our farm with you. We’re fortunate to represent the fourth generation of farming in both our families. Be it cattle, market gardening, grain, turkeys or hogs, our roots run deep in agriculture.
We began site preparation in 2004, planted our first strawberry plants in 2005, and have been going strong every since. Thanks to our friends and families who have helped us turn our passion into a successful small business. We are proud to provide you with fresh, delicious fruit.
We have 10 acres of strawberries that are just waiting for you to pick them. We hope to see you out this year, and would like to thank everyone who continues to support local farmers.
Heart Acres is a small farm located in Treaty 1 Territory in the heart of the red river valley of Manitoba. We use ecological and no-till farming methods on one highly productive acre of land where we grow all of our produce by hand without the use of heavy machinery.
We are a “Friend” owned and operated farm, started by Laura Tait & Chad Wiens, and we employ a handful of other farmers and growers. We grow vegetables, herbs, and fruit for our CSA, markets, and wholesale.
The farm is nestled between the prairie, boreal plains, and boreal shield ecozones; on the traditional lands of the Anishinaabeg, Cree, Oji-Cree, Dakota, and Denes Peoples, and on the homeland of the Métis nation; on Treaty 1 territory.
Covenant Growers was established in 1983. They specialize in fresh market sweet peas, beans and sweet corn. They are happy to provide you with delicious veggies from their farm to your table.
At Natural Collective CSA, we’ve decided to dedicate our time and resources to ensuring that people in Winnipeg and the surrounding area have a local option for all of their vegetable needs. We run a Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) farm funded by yearly purchased shares, giving you access to weekly boxes of our produce during the growing season.
Located on a 5 acre plot southeast of Winnipeg, Manitoba, just outside of Niverville and on Treaty 1 Territory, our goal is to grow and harvest the best food possible and bring it to your door. Using no pesticides or herbicides, we want to learn from nature what it’s been doing from the start, and bring you quality vegetables and herbs from origins you can trust.
With enough support we hope to further diversify and begin to build a stand-alone, fully functioning diet that you can count on to feed your family. If that sounds like something you could get behind, give us a shout – Join the Collective.
Almost ten years in the making – that’s how long we have helped our land undergo a transformation from traditional large scale farming into a chemical free fertile Red River Valley soil again. We don’t use chemical fertilizers or sprays. The land is breathing and functioning like it should. Organic inputs have helped this land produce some of the best tasting and healthiest food you can find.
The Loewen Homestead is also home to free-range animals such as egg-laying hens, roaster chickens, and pigs. The animals’ diets include fresh spinach, beet tops, Swiss chard and corn. We make Italian and Farmer sausage from the pork. Chicken can be substituted for pork.
We deliver the food to your door.
REGION: Winnipeg Delivery
COVID-19 Measures: For delivery, CSA members will have a choice of re-usable bags or cardboard boxes. Upon return, the re-usable bags will be sterilized in a chlorine/water solution of 1/9 and hung on a clothesline in direct sun for 1 day. Farm workers will maintain a 2-meter distance from each other at all times. Hand mandatory hand washing and disinfecting of all tools and surfaces will be done regularly.
Sales from our trailer (Grain Elevator): Signs will be posted at our vending site regarding safe distancing. Only exact change (placed in a neutral drop box) or eTransfers will be acceptable forms of payment.
Tiny Monster is a small-scale market garden located on Treaty 1 territory in Lorette, Manitoba. Growing without pesticides or synthetic fertilizers, relying instead on regenerative practices, a diversified crop plan, and simple hand-tools that are gentle on the earth, the earthworms, and the greater environment, the core of our model is based on building healthy soil, which in turn supports healthy plants. Like the micro-fauna – the tiny monsters – that we are named for, we are a tiny farm, and we believe that together with our community, can we collectively move forward towards a resilient, equitable, and robust local food economy.