We are all proud to call British Columbia our home and to be contributing to the BC Agriculture Economy.
Our grass-fed beef and lamb/mutton are grown on family farms in the Kamloops region and are harvested at Rangeland Meats, near Heffley Creek and at Rainer’s Custom Cutting in Darfield. During those months, when B.C. mutton is not available, grass-fed mutton is sourced from New Zealand. Our chicken (raised without anti-biotics) and free range duck are grown and harvested at Fraser Valley Specialty Poultry in Chilliwack, B.C.
Our team cares deeply about product quality, with a culture of food quality and safety at every step. We have recently built our own plant at Holmwood Farm, in the Barnhartvale area east of Kamloops. Although we miss Ulie and the crew at Sumas Meats, bringing our processing and cold storage home to the farm allows us to be more responsive to customer needs and keep our inventory just in time, which means a fresher product for our valued customers.
Moving our processing and cold storage home also means we can now increase our vegetable production on the farm, as well as store produce for year round use, that has been grown by local farm families, using regenerative agriculture principles.
Regenerative agriculture works to support the soils natural processes and microbial populations to build organic matter in our soils, thus sequestering more carbon from the atmosphere and producing healthier, more nutrient dense foods. The principles of soil regeneration include:
No or reduced tillage- to eliminate erosion and keep fungi and microbes intact and working – “we are learning to grow vegetables without tilling the soil.”
Keep living plants green and growing 250-280 days/year (planting cover crops or utilizing perennial forages)
Plan for Diversity – plant diversity, animal diversity (have animals eat weeds instead of spraying), microbial and macrobial diversity for nutrient cycling, resilience, disease and pest management.
Reduced or no chemical inputs - plants trade carbon to fungi and bacteria in exchange for nutrients - if they don’t need them because of chemical fertilizer then they don’t get paid so they stop working and die off.
Incorporate livestock – grazing helps over harvesting in two ways 1. Innoculates the soil with microbes and 2. Ripping the leaves stimulates a lot more carbon below ground as the wound on the plant takes a lot more resources to heal than a straight across cut from a mechanical harvester.
Soil Armor – always have a duff layer to protect soil and for moisture retention.
Meet Our Lamb Producer and Operations Manager Jill
Meet our Apple Cider Vinegar Makers Lynda & Charlie
Meet our Chicken & Duck Producers Joe and Ken