Aurora Farm is home to a smart herd of dairy goats. We milk twice a day, all year round, and make cheese, butter, yogurt, and ice cream for our family. We’ve helped a few families set up their own small dairies now and sell our goats to folks who want to become more self-sufficient. We are proud to be working with several food security groups in Northern Manitoba to get goats for milk up north.
Soap and Natural Beauty Products
We make fine quality handmade soaps with our own goatmilk, local oils and organic essential oils. We sell the soap at our home and at the St. Norbert Farmers’ Market. Our Cinnamon Toothpaste, Rose Night Cream have become just as popular as our soaps! We also make shampoos, gel-soap, moisturizers, deodorant, lip balm and even toothpaste. All natural!
Alpacas and Yarn
Aurora Farm is home to a colourful herd of fine quality alpacas. We shear our alpacas once a year and make yarns in the natural colours of the animals. We sell these yarns along with hand-knit, crocheted and woven warm-wear at our home, at the St. Norbert Farmers’ Market and various craft sales. Alpaca yarns are hypo-allergenic, durable and known for their warmth and softness.
Through the late spring and early summer we have the excitement of the birth of crias – the name given to the offspring of the alpacas. Our award-winning herd sires Bling and Surprise matched with females of different colours make for exciting colour-filled birthing. Currently, we have 18 alpacas with 4 females due to give birth in the spring of 2012.
Horses and Riding
Aurora Farm is home to a beautiful herd of horses. We currently have 11 horses boarded at our farm plus our own 9 horses. Last year, we were thrilled to have our first foal, Abby, a purebred Norwegian Fjord. Many of our horses are used in lessons and are available for lease for both beginner riders as well as more advanced.
Eggs and Heritage Hens
A flock of heritage-breed hens give the family eggs and some to spare for sale. We like to help people get started with their own backyard flock.
We will build you a small, winterized, movable chicken house and set you up with hens, feed and good advice for keeping your own hens. Each year we save fertilized eggs and hatch them up to increase our own flock and to sell. If you are handy, we can give you some advice on setting up your own poultry house.
Gardens and Products
We grow much of our food in our gardens near the house. We especially love growing potatoes and garlic. We sell some of our extras at the St. Norbert Farmers’ Market and at the farm.
We also grow many herbal medicines for ourselves and our animals. We have a solar dehydrator that we use throughout the hot months to dry many herbs for teas and to add to our soaps.