Pasture Raised Chicken
In a pastured poultry system birds are kept outside (seasonally). Portable shelters are used and the birds have access to fresh-growing palatable vegetation. The pastured poultry shelters are moved each day so that the chickens have access to fresh vegetation and so we can manage nutrient deposits on the land.
From the time an animal is born to the time it reaches your dinner table we take great care to consider the wellbeing of that animal and the environment in which it’s raised. Calves are born on pasture in late spring/early summer and cows are grazed using planned grazing techniques whereby they have access to fresh pasture each day.
Our sheep are raised on pasture and are 100% grassfed. All of our grassfed lambs are raised on mixed perennial pastures and finished on a mix of perennial and annual grasses and alfalfa hay. We use high density planned grazing, moving the sheep every few days, with the objective of raising strong healthy lambs while contributing to healthy soils and healthy pastures.
Our pastured hens are raised seasonally, on pasture, where they roam during the day. We use portable hen houses that follow behind the cows and the sheep on pasture.
Our pigs are raised in a mixed forest & meadow environment. Just as we do with the other animals on the farm, we move the pigs, changing the location of their paddock every couple of weeks.
A little bit about us.
Through the use of regenerative agricultural practices we are committed to producing the highest quality pasture raised and grassfed meats in Manitoba. We strive to sustain a viable family farm operation with respect for the animals and the land we steward. We aim to work with nature to produce and deliver food that is good for the community and for you and your family.
If you are not completely satisfied with your purchase we will arrange a refund on all unused frozen product. We want to work to provide you with the best grass-fed has to offer. We strive to produce food that you are excited about.
What's in a name?
The name Luna Field Farm is inspired by our Livestock Guardian Dog Luna, who faithfully guards our flock of sheep. She is our true shepherd.
A little bit about Lydia
I am originally from Winnipeg. While I was a student at the University of Winnipeg I studied Environmental Science and Geography where I took an interest in systems ecology and soil sciences (nutrient cycling!) Later I earned my Master’s in Natural Resources Management with a research focus on rural livelihoods and gender. My studies have taken me to Mexico and Brazil where I gained an increased understanding and appreciation for agrarian livelihoods and small-scale agriculture. Through my learning and farming experience I have come to realize that pasture based farming and food production are viable livelihood activities for young people in Canada. Farming allows Wian and I to work together, problem solve, learn from others, learn from our environment, and provide our community with healthy food. I am challenged everyday to make decisions that impact how we care for land, animals,family and friends.
The story on Wian
As long as I can remember I have wanted to graze livestock. I began farming in 2005 after moving to Canada from Pretoria, South Africa. From the age of 18 I studied during the winter months and farmed on rented land during the summer. Initially I focused on pastured poultry but dreamed of one day raising sheep on a mixed-livestock farm. Over the past few years I have had the opportunity to raise chickens, turkeys, ducks, pigs, sheep, goats and cattle. Since the spring of 2012 Lydia and I have been farming in Western Manitoba where we raise much of our livestock on pasture using holistic planned grazing. I have found self directed-study, trial and error, mentorship and the direct application of attained skills to be the most rewarding learning tools.
Some news from around the farm.
Finding a new way for agricultural success By Angela Lovell October 2015 Agriculture has always attracted all kinds, including from the fringe. There have been the hippie back-to-earthers of the 1960s and even the New Agers of just a decade ago, all of them dreaming...read more
Off-farm jobs support desire for independence By Robert Arnason NESBITT, Man. — Romantic, rural scenery well suited for a movie shoot is visible in nearly every direction from a small patch of grass in front of Lydia Carpenter and Wian Prinsloo’s trailer. To...read more
Sheer Lunacy (Documentary) A documentary by Bill Richardson Listen to the documentaryread more