Graze well * Eat well * Live well
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 nourishing and wholesome for you and your loved ones.
Luna Field Farm is a pasture (grass)-based livestock farm operated by first generation farmers Wian Prinsloo and Lydia Carpenter. The farm is run on several hundred acres of leased pasture land in western Manitoba. Through an ecological lens we focus on the health of our soils, recognizing that we are what we eat, from the ground up! We employ management intensive grazing techniques in a multi-species grazing system with the objective of better land, great food and a healthier community. We feel that growing food, and/or procuring local foods is one way to foster responsible land stewardship and nurture resilient communities. We want to provide you with the highest quality pasture-raised and grass-fed meats and encourage others to consider farming and food production as a viable livelihood.
At Luna Field Farm we offer:
- pasture-raised chicken
- grass-fed lamb
- grass-fed beef
- forest/pasture-raised pork
*No antibiotics, No added synthetic growth hormones, Non GM animal feed (no GM oilseed supplements)
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.
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.
In our aspiration to farm as part of our livelihood we have received tremendous support from family and friends. We are **privileged to have had the ongoing support of many local farmers and community members. We are happy to share our story and our learning. If you are interested in hearing about how we started farming please contact us.
** “Privilege does not have to be negative, but we have to share our resources and take direction about how to use our privilege in ways that empower those who lack it.”
– bell hooks
The Farm Name
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.