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Busy Spring..

Busy Spring..

Well as I’m sure you’ve all noticed I’ve been quite silent since my last post, I’ve started a couple, but never finished. But now, after one very busy spring, I’m starting to feel like a human being again, Johan and I finally enjoyed our first day ever in quite sometime where we actually took a day off, a day off the farm, a day of socializing with friends and a day of sleeping in, enjoying breakfast together and getting off farm to enjoy the other joys in life, like hiking, horseback riding and enjoying just sitting on our deck and taking in the beauty that is all around us here at Elaho River Farm. It’s so easy to get sucked into project after project on the farm with no end in sight, and if we’ve learned anything this spring it sure was to step back and take a good long look at what works, what doesn’t, and how to better our efficiency and become a well oiled machine, all in turn to better our clients and get comedown time in-between. After attending some spring workshops, reading up on some great farming books and podcasts we’ve seen where we’ve needed to focus our workload and where we need to lean it up. Some all time favourites this year have also been John Suscovich’s work with Farming Market Solutions, Diego’s work with¬†Permaculture Voices and the two rockstar farmers Jean Martain Fortier and Curtis Stone! They have great podcasts, vlogs, and blog posts, perfect for loading up onto your iPad or device and getting out onto the farm, desk or like and...
Entering into the grass fed chicken world

Entering into the grass fed chicken world

So Johan and I have decided to take on another project in the oh so busy world of farming ūüėČ ¬† ¬†We’re going to try our hand at raising 25 grass fed free range meat birds. After spending the winter researching breeds and hatcheries, and not to mention enjoying listening to John Suscovich’s great¬†podcast¬†all about chicken farming and more, we got the itch to invest and try our hand at not only layers, but now meat birds. Seeing we feel strongly about our flocks having the upmost care and a good healthy upbringing we decided to go with Mistal Gris chicks from¬†True North Farm.¬†Mistral Gris take a little longer to mature but don’t deal with the horrid experience of being a hybrid broiler that grows at such a rate their bones and legs can not contain their own body weight and can end up breaking their legs or become unable to move, plus in staying with our heritage roots they meet the list of not being a hybrid commercial breed. Terra Firma Farms, in Revelstoke BC has a great write up on the Mistral Gris bird and we intend to follow a very similar set up to how we’ll raise our hens We plan to pick them up as chicks at the end of March, raise them in our brooder until they feather out enough to move onto pasture and live in a secured movable coop, just like John’s design here: Chicken Tractors, where they can roam and eat grass as natured intended. Terra Firma Farms, in Revelstoke BC has a great write up on their blog¬†on the Mistral...