Farms produce a lot more than food; they also produce a kind of landscape and a kind of community.
Michael pollen

Our Values and Practices

Animal Welfare

The health and happiness of our livestock is something we pay constant attention to. In order to meet their needs, we raise them in a way that closely mimics their lifestyle in the wild: moving constantly, outdoors, on pasture or in the woods, with appropriate shelter from the elements. We spend a lot of time with our animals which reduces stress, and in our breeding programs we select for hardiness and quiet dispositions.

Ecosystems Services

Farming the way that we do, using regenerative practices, ensures a harmonious relationship with our natural ecosystems. Instead of watching species of plants and animals disappear, we see them thrive on our farm.  Soil is our most valued partner in this system. In order to grow good food, we need healthy soil which we protect by not using chemicals on the land as well as on our animals. We rotate our livestock daily and in a manner that promotes fertility and growth. This allows for the nutrients to cycle properly, increases soil organic matter, and creates diversity in both plant species and soil microbiota.

Transparency

In a time when labels and certifications are ubiquitous, we prefer to nurture a direct relationship with our customers. We are always happy to talk about how we do things and why. We also feel it is important for people to have access to the farm so they can to see, smell, touch and experience all of the complex life that exists in a healthy farm ecosystem.

Community

Our farm’s dynamic nature is shaped by the community that surrounds it. Family, friends, farmers, neighbours, volunteers, professionals and customers all belong to our farm community. Without others who share our values and seek a connection to their food, we would have little purpose. Farmers endeavour to feed their community, and we are proud to be your farmer.

Meagan Patch

Owner/operator, grazier

Meagan is the 5th generation to carry on the tradition of family farming in Brome. A part-time teacher and project coordinator for Regeneration Canada, she has been transitioning the farm from conventional cow/calf production to grass fed beef, adding in other seasonal productions since 2013. Meagan also co-founded the Coopérative le Terroir Solidaire with other farmers in the Brome-Missisquoi area in order to respond to the growing needs of small scale producers who want to expand their operations and access local markets.