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Our Beautiful Hay Field

Posted by on Sep 2, 2017 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

Small square hay bales for sale! Our hayfield has been chemical free for 14 years. We fertilize with our own composted manure. It is a very healthy mixed grasses (timothy, brome, vetch, clover and approximately 20-40% alfalfa.) This year’s cut and baling went very smoothly.  Our bales had not a drop of rain. Now they are stored in a shed with dry floor. Dried on the field in two days. We are very happy with this cut and feed it to our animals. We have 325 bales for sale at this time and can be purchase in smaller quantities. You can even buy one for your guinea pig! Come out on the weekend between 11am and 4pm or by appointment. $5 each. We will load you up. 4265 Waverley Street just south of the Perimeter Highway.  Call 204-261-6279 or 204-799-4076 to place an order.  Or come by while supplies...

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Goat and Alpaca Yoga

Posted by on Apr 28, 2017 in Uncategorized | 2 comments

You asked for it! Goat and Alpaca Yoga Classes! In May-June, join us for a unique way to experience the relaxation, flexibility and strength of yoga with the joy of spending quality time with our friendly and smart animal friends. We will be offering two classes. Bring a blanket that you don’t mind laying on the ground, your yoga mats and sensible footwear. We will be outside in the pasture or in the arena in case of bad weather. FREE Family Yoga Day on May 14th Mother’s Day at 1pm Family Yoga will continue every Sunday for 6 Sundays with a drop-in fee of $10 or $20/family Great for all ages and all levels of yoga practice. Come enjoy connecting with our loving and personable animals while raising your family’s consciousness and energy levels. This is a great way to follow the progress of our mom’s and baby goats. Every Friday for 5 Fridays, from May 19th to June 16th Yin Yang Fusion Yoga. Holly Pluchinski $15 per session or $50 for all five sessions. Yin-yang fusion yoga: The first half of the class is a vinyasa flow style. Poses are strength and cardio based as each posed is linked with breath. There’s the additional fun in concentration while balancing as goats play around! The last half of class is a yin style. Poses are mostly seated or lying down with each pose held for longer periods of time in order to allow for a deeper stretch. This relaxed energy is a perfect time to pet or snuggle with a goat. As for a brief bio: Holly is the owner of Kayfabe Yoga which specializes in teaching people yoga at home. When not practicing, studying, or teaching yoga, Holly is spending time with her partner and 3 senior...

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Let’s get Aurora Farm back to the St. Norbert Farmers’ Market

Posted by on Feb 22, 2017 in Uncategorized | 1 comment

Please sign our petition to the St. Norbert Farmers’ Market. Sometimes, the most unlikely bullies are right under your nose. And you don’t notice until it’s too late. Then you don’t want to publicly call them bullies because everyone loves them. You just want it all to go away. But it doesn’t. So today for Pink Shirt Day (National Stop Bullying Day) I’m finally deciding to call out my bullies. You’ll never guess… it’s the St. Norbert Farmers’ Market. Many of of you have asked my why I stopped going to the market, sad to not see me and my goats there. I just want to say that I’ve really missed it and you all too. Especially my young friends. It was a very special thing. Because of very bitter community politics, that I now understand date right back to the formation of the market, I have been “banned” from the market for 5 years! Why? Because I raised my voice against the way that the market was dealing with a most important community neighbour, Heritage St. Norbert. And I’m very sad to report that things continue to worsen. What is really at stake is the intention of the original founder and donor of this piece of land, my father, Bill Loewen. It was a gift that he made and has had so many positive repercussions in the community. But it came with a requirement: that the land be used for community and historical purposes. This was set out in the legal documents that accompanied his donation. Now, one might be tempted to call the St. Norbert Farmers’ Market a community entity, and it certainly is moreso than say Walmart. But it is no more community than the St. Norbert Downtown BIZ. These are business associations. They are commercial. Of course, this piece of land can be shared. And good neighbours would have respectfully done so. But over the years and most significantly in these past years, the interests of the market have far outweighed the pursuit of historical and community objectives. I have always felt the weight of this and for many years successfully, thanks also to Ed Dean, the vendor services manager at the time, my booth literally and figuratively, bridged the divide. Many of you will remember my booth sat in front of the historical museum, McDougal House, Heritage St. Norbert’s pride and joy. It was certainly a crafty thing for market organizers to locate my booth outside of their officially leased area as they knew that I, as a family member and long-time community activist would be acceptable to Heritage St. Norbert. This began a process of slowly, ever increasingly, utilizing more of this space. Of course, the market’s instinct is always to expand. Whether or not that is prudent or even positive is certainly up for debate. Nontheless, for seven years I took up the role of helping both groups. I was always a support person to the summer student who worked at McDougal House as it was almost always a young woman working by herself. I loved it! I was always on hand to help out market organizer Marilyn Firth’s new ideas and especially with pr. So how did it go wrong? As I said this feud began very early on and is...

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Summer 2017 Horse-back Group Lessons and Summer Camps

Posted by on Feb 10, 2017 in Uncategorized | 2 comments

Parent and Child Horseback Riding This is a great way for parents and their children to spend time together with horses in a safe environment. Parents and children will learn how to safely handle horses and the basics of riding in a fun and game-filled environment. Youth Beginner Horseback Riding For ages 15 and under, no experience necessary.  Become an independent rider in a fun and safe environment.   Twenty minutes of theory and 40 minutes of riding.   Adult Beginner Horseback Riding Have you always wanted to learn how to ride a horse?  Introduction to horse care and riding for adults.  Learn to ride in a safe environment. Summer Youth Horse Camp Looking for an opportunity to learn all about horses in a friendly, safe environment? During this week long camp, youth between the ages of 8 and 15 will learn the basics of horseback riding, safety and horse care. They will also have a chance to visit and learn about our many other friendly animals, including goats, sheep, cows, alpacas and chickens. Each day will include a theory lesson, a riding lesson and fun farm activities. Students must bring their own lunch. We will be accepting a maximum of 8 students for each session with two coaches. Session 1  – August 7 to 10                                                                                                                                                                     Session 2 – August 14 to 17                                                                                                                                                              Session 3 – August 21 to 24 Cost:  Early Bird price before March 1st is $265.  Regular Price is...

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Spring Chicks Are Ordered!

Posted by on Feb 10, 2017 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

Late winter is an exciting time for planning at Aurora Farm.  We are always especially excited to order our heritage chicks from Murray McMurray Hatchery who are celebrating their 100th year anniversary!  Have a look at their website.  For poultry enthusiasts this is a cornucopia of heritage birds and information. Each year, we at Aurora Farm order our spring chicks of different breeds.  In part to refresh our own flock, but also to be able to sell to others in the community who might just want a few to augment their backyard flock.  This year we have selected Araucanas, Buff Rocks and Black Australorps.  Because they are coming from the states, we have to pick them up at Pembina, North Dakota with all their official papers to get them through the border.  We love McMurray and have been purchasing from them for many years now.  Not only do they have a great variety of birds, but they also offer sexed chicks for most breeds.  Plus they have an ethical program for all of their male chicks who at least have the opportunity to live to maturity.  Some hatcheries simply dispose of the male chicks, a practice we obviously don’t approve of here at Aurora Farm. We’ll be getting our order in on May 1st so they will be available the following Sunday, May 7th.  That’s also the day of our Backyard Chicken Workshop from 1pm – 4pm.  Check out our workshops and register early if you’d like to join...

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Food Box 2017

Posted by on Feb 10, 2017 in Uncategorized | 1 comment

Be a part of the Aurora Farm Family this summer with a weekly food box.  Not like other food boxes, this one is a pre-paid credit to order whatever you want each week.  So if you want extra carrots but no broccoli – no problem.  Plus you are first in line to get our premium limited quantities products like fresh eggs from our heritage chickens, honey and garlic.  Plus we do lots of canning of sweet and savoury foods that you can store through the winter.  Now that our bees are producing more than ever, we make a lot of our sweet jams and jellies with unpasteurized honey, making them a big health boost!  No need to feel guilty about the jam on your toast.  We also love the fall harvest time when we can offer bigger quantities for good savings.  When you pre-purchase a food box from Aurora Farm, you will be supporting our team to also offer a great summer job for students who are keen to learn sustainable farming Aurora Farm-style.  It’s a win-win-win. Cost:  $400.  This is pre-paid credit.  Each Tuesday from July 11th to September 12th, you will get an email with a list of all of our offerings and their respective prices.  You order what you want and we deduct that amount from your credit.  That simple!  We won’t offer what we don’t have and we won’t give you what you don’t want. For more information or call 204-261-6279.  Limited spots available in this program so sign up early!...

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Winter Solstice Extended Hours and Winter Break Workshops

Posted by on Dec 18, 2016 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

Open Hours: Solstice Week:  Wednesday, December 21st to Saturday, December 24th inclusively – 11am to 7pm CLOSED SUNDAY DECEMBER 25TH Winter Break Hours:  Wednesday to Friday, December 28th to 30th CLOSED SATURDAY AND SUNDAY DECEMBER 31st AND JANUARY 1st.  HAPPY NEW YEAR!! Open Wednesday, January 4th to Sunday, January 8th – 11am to 4pm   Thank you to everyone who braved the cold to celebrate the Solstice! We had a great time visiting with everyone who stopped by. For those who couldn’t make it, the rest of the week should be warmer so please drop in for some Solstice cheer in our store and for animal visits in the barn.  We’ll have coffee, tea and some treats while you visit. We have a great selection of gift bags, stocking stuffers, and practical gift ideas that are local and handmade! If you’re worried about the roads or the weather hindering your visit, please contact us or check out our Facebook page for any updates. Ever wanted to make your own designer batch of goat milk soap? Or learn how to make your own cheese and crackers? We still have a few spots available in our Winter Break Workshop Series but they’re filling up, please send us an email (info@aurorafarm.ca) or leave us a message (204-261-6279) if you have any questions or you’d like to register. Here is a link to the workshops available in the next few weeks. We hope that everyone has a great holiday season after making it through the first tough weeks of winter! Aurora Farm will be closed to the public Christmas Day, New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day (Sunday December 25th, Saturday December 31, and Sunday January 1). Thank you to everyone who has been out and supported us at the farm, at craft sales, and everywhere else, it’s been a great year! Don’t forget to drop off your Christmas trees for our goats to eat!...

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“No Thanks” to Energy East Pipeline in St. Norbert

Posted by on Sep 11, 2016 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

At the end of October, Aurora Farm will have a 20-minute time slots to address the National Energy Board panel reviewing the Energy East Pipeline.  We applied for and got what they call “Intervenor” status. Unlike so many people who care, we will have a say in whether or not bitumen should be transported from Northern Alberta to the East Coast of Canada through a pipeline that is 40-60 years old. The proposed pipeline in our neighbourhood is less than a kilometre away from Aurora Farm. This is the same pipeline that  many folks in St. Norbert witnessed exploding in 1996, taking two homes with it. The bank of the LaSalle river was too unstable for the pipeline and it ruptured. It still is. Trans Canada was given a weak slap on the wrist for that failure and told to self-monitor. No, we can’t get our hands on the reports. This was natural gas, not bitumen which is much more volatile with a deadly deadly smoke trail. Thanks to The Council of Canadians – Winnipeg Chapter, a lawyer and a scientist, we are now part of a team that has come together to fight this pipeline coming through our neighbourhood and across our country. Of course, Canada will never meet it’s global commitments to curtail global warming unless the oil of the tar sands remains in the ground. We won a small battle in the war against the National Energy Board this week. Two review board panelist members permanently recused themselves from their duties and the board must be reconstituted with members who do not have ties to the oil industry. One would think this to be a no-brainer. However, the list of omissions to the actual proposal by Energy East is much longer than that one issue. Here is the letter submitted to NEB by our lawyer Doug Tingey. Please have a read. Then copy and paste it to your Member of Parliament.  Terry Duguid is the MP for St. Norbert. National Energy Board 517 10th Avenue SW Calgary, AB T2R 0A8 September 6, 2016 Attn: Sheri Young, Secretary of the Board Dear Sirs/Ms: Re: Energy East Pipeline Ltd. and TransCanada PipeLines Limited – Energy East Project and Asset Transfer, and Eastern Mainline Project (“Energy East”) File No. OF-Fac-Oil-E266-2014-01 02 Hearing Order OH-002-2016 Comments on Transition Initiative Kenora (“TIK”) Motion for Members Gauthier and Mercier to recuse themselves from Energy East Panel (the “Motion”) 1. I represent four intervenors from Manitoba – Falcon Trail Resort, Dennis LeNeveu, Louise May and the Saint Norbert Arts Centre (the “Intervenors”). This letter contains their comments on the Motion. 2. The Intervenors support the Motion. Discussion 3. The Energy East Panel has made and will make decisions that affect the interests of participants and the Canadian public and some of the decisions are at the discretion of the Panel. The Intervenors believe that to be acceptable, decision making and the exercise of discretion are required to be free of bias and the apprehension of bias. The Intervenors note that the Motion sets out circumstances, facts and supporting law describing the basis for a reasonable apprehension of bias that pre-date the Panel’s completion determination accepting the Energy East application and the subsequent issuance of the Hearing Order. 4. The Intervenors have reviewed the...

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Chicken Tractor Rental

Posted by on Jun 24, 2016 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

Aurora Farm Summer Chicken Tractor Rental This summer, we have decided to try out a pilot project of renting out Chicken Tractors to folks in the city who would like to try it out but not have to make a full commitment.  We are offering 3 chickens in movable pens with all the necessary supplies for one monthly rental fee.  We will deliver and pick-up with no questions asked if it doesn’t work out.  If you love it, and your neighbours are compatible, then you can purchase the chickens and equipment.  Nice and easy! Monthly rental fee: $50/month Damage Deposit: $50 Delivery and Pick-up: $20 each way (includes set-up tutorial on how to keep your chickens happy and healthy.) Bag of feed: $10 each. Or can be purchased at Horizon Poultry and Livestock Supply on Marion Street. Please buy Layer Ration. For more information, please email...

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Where Can I Find Aurora Farm Products?

Posted by on Jun 24, 2016 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

FINDING AURORA PRODUCTS! ➢ Aurora Farm Store OPEN Summer HOURS 11am – 4pm every Saturday AND every Sunday – 4265 Waverley Street, 4kms south of the Perimeter hwy. ➢Thompson Nickel Fest – Thompson, Manitoba – June 23-26. ➢ Winnipeg Folk Fest – Handmade Village, July 7-10 ➢ Ness Creek Festival, Big River, Saskatchewan,  July 14-17 ➢ Icelandic Festival in Gimli – July 30 – August 1st ➢ Morden Corn and Apple Festival – August 26-28 ➢ Aurora Farm Soaps and products in stores!! Sage Gardens – 3410 St Mary’s Rd Borowski’s Health Shop – 437 St Anne’s Rd Crampton’s Market – 1765 Waverley St Neechi Commons – 865 Main St  NEW SHOP LOCATION IN SOUTHDALE! Check out our soaps, creams and gift bags at GREAT FINDS located at 115 Vermillion Road. NEW SHOP LOCATION IN THOMPSON! Anything Grows – a sweet gift shop and florist located at 29 Selkirk Avenue, Thompson. Watch for weekly specials, new shops, events, festivals and farmers’ markets on our Facebook...

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