Manitoba farmers put family first!
Meet Jake – a second generation Manitoba chicken farmer. He and his wife Lorraine, along with their adult children and grandchildren, farm in southern Manitoba. They were gracious enough to invite our ‘Great Tastes’ crew into their home, and to show us what a day in the life of a farm family really looks like. It’s amazing that a group of people who work so closely together every day still manage to find time to have fun as a family. They toured us through their barns and treated us to a wonderful meal (Manitoba chicken, of course)! It was obvious that this gathering was not just for the cameras, and Jake’s daughter-in-law told us “we do this all the time”. Jake credits some technological advances for making it easier for farmers to detach from the barn, but still be able to monitor the wellbeing of their flock. Family is definitely the #1 priority for Jake & Lorraine, but they also put a lot of care and consideration into how they run their farm. Strong family bonds are the foundation on which this #MBFarm was built, and it is one of the values that all the Manitoba farmers we’ve met have in common.
Production made possible thanks to:
Government of Manitoba – Manitoba Film and Video Production Tax Credit
Embracing the Chaos of #FarmLife & #MomLife
Kristy-Layne & Richard raise kids and cows on their Manitoba farm. Operating a dairy is time consuming work. They milk 3 times a day, 365 days a year – no exceptions. Add to that raising 4 kids who are involved in sports, 4-H and other extra-curricular activities, and these young parents are as busy as it gets. Learn more about their story and how they balance the needs of a growing family while managing the wellbeing of their herd, the success of their farm and their desire to produce the highest quality milk possible.
Manitoba Farmers Care About Community
Notre Dame de Lourdes is a small community in the Pembina Hills region of Manitoba. Like many small towns, this community is always looking for ways to grow their population and retain their young people. That’s what prompted a group of community-minded farmers, neighbours, and investors to join together and start a hog farm. Twenty-five years later business is thriving, this diverse community is growing and they continue to focus on producing some of the highest-quality lean protein in the world. We were thrilled to meet Rick, Johnny & many others at a 25th anniversary celebration in June. It was evident that this farm has grown, not only because the people who raise the animals care deeply about what they are doing, but because they have made a positive impact on their community.
Manitoba Farm Goes Beyond Sustainability
Brooks White is a 5th generation farmer, still managing the land that his family homesteaded on in 1882. Brooks farms with this wife, Jen, and their “Farmily” in the south-western corner of the province. Like his parents and grandparents before him, Brooks is navigating a constantly changing environment, and using the knowledge and technology available to him to determine how to ensure this land stays healthy and productive for the next generation. He is doing that through the use of regenerative agriculture practices that focus on soil health and biodiversity, as well as improving the carbon and water cycles on this land.
This family strives for more than sustainability. They aim to make long-term positive changes to the environment, and they are selflessly sharing their knowledge and research with a larger community of Manitoba farmers who wish to do the same. The future of #MBFarms is in good hands! Brooks & Jen were the recipients of Manitoba’s Outstanding Young Farmer Award in 2018.
We have introduced you to a number of farm families this season, and all of them share common values. Andre & Katie Steppler of Steppler Farms are no exception. While balancing their farm responsibilities with raising a young family, they put the health of their herd and the stewardship of the land at the top of their priority list. They are devoted caregivers, and active community volunteers.
It is often said that farming is more than a job, it’s a lifestyle. In the case of this cattle farming family that rings true. Everything they do as a family revolves around cattle. Even their young children get involved, through 4-H, and it is evident that they all love their animals.
These are the faces behind the farm. These are the people who are making safety and sustainability decisions when it comes to the production of #MBFoods. You can rest easy knowing they take the responsibility of nurturing nature very seriously.
It is our pleasure to introduce you to the Stepplers!