Striving for Ecology
We believe that agriculture can be regenerative. When properly planned and executed, farmland can be transformed to hold more water, store carbon and be very green. As stewards of this land, we want to preserve the health of the soil and water so that many farmers after us will have the opportunity to grow food here and feed the community.
All of our animals are on rotational management within our pastures. The amount of time spent on a specific piece depends on the species and quantity of forage present on the pasture. We move our sheep and chickens every day during the grazing months while our pigs get to spend a 4-5 days in one spot before we move them along, Some of the benefits of rotational grazing are as follows:
Pastures are given time to recover after grazing thereby increasing forage production, soil health and drought resistance.
Parasites are left behind when animals move to a new parcel making us less reliant on medication against pathogens.
More time with our animals moving them daily means we get to assess their health and be pro-active should problems arise.
Local GMO Feed
While we are not certified organic because we like to feed our animals spent grain and fruit from Kelowna, we do make an effort to know the producers we buy feed from. We ensure that all feed bought in is unsprayed and GMO free.
Raising livestock is a challenge in our micro-climate here in Kelowna. We are in the process of creating a keyline water plan for the whole farm. This will permit us to capture water in the spring for use in the dryer months. Stay tuned!