One of the reasons that we started our own farm is so that we could be absolutely certain of what went into the growing of our vegetables, meat and eggs.  Industrial agriculture is great at efficiently producing large volumes of food at a relatively low price (largely thanks to mechanization) and goes to great lengths to present an image of healthy food, but the behind-the-scenes reality is something that is well hidden and far from that healthy image.

Given the small scale of our farm we are able to keep all of our practices true to our farm vision of producing the most natural and healthy food possible.


Some of the practices that we engage in here:

- mineral balancing of the soil to support healthy plant growth

- cover cropping of our soils in order to naturally build soil and improve fertility

- integration of several animal species onto our pastures

- 100% outdoor rearing of all of our animals with full access to sun, fresh air and grass

- of the animals that receive grain (non-ruminants), it is 100% organic

- 100% of our added soil fertility comes from our own animals

- 100% of our gardening is done with hand tools (ie no fossil fuels used to produce vegetables)

- 100% on-farm slaughtering meaning zero stress on the animals

- all of our ruminants (cattle and sheep) are 100% pastured (ie no grain)

- all of our omnivores (pigs, chickens, turkeys, ducks) are given pasture/forest access and grain, milk and vegetable supplementation


Practices that we do NOT use:

- use of pesticides or herbicides of any kind

- use of industrial waste products for fertility

(the #1 fertility for the vast majority of organic farms is manure from industrial chicken houses)

- direct use of fossil fuels in our operation (ie we don't have a tractor nor tiller)

(the hay and grain that we purchase are produced with fossil fuels)

- the extensive use of plastic (black plastic for weed control and polyester row cover for insect control are very commonly used within farming)

- while we avoid the use of plastic wherever possible, we do have one hoop house which is covered in plastic and use a layer of polyester row cover for winter crops within the hoop house

- the winter hay for the cattle, sheep and pigs is also wrapped in plastic at present but we have plans to build a hay storage barn in the future which would allow us to remove this plastic from our operations


We always encourage interested parties to come and visit the farm to see it all in action.  We can be reached via email, tracy@mirellarosefarm.ca or @ 902-624-0045.


 

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