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Everything Aurora!

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

New Workshop:  Summer Camp for Adults! EVERYTHING AURORA! This four-day workshop for adults gives a well-rounded approach to the basics of homesteading as practiced at Aurora Farm. Each day will start with milking the goats, making cheese and the best Latte!  Each day will have one topic focus: soap-making, natural personal care products, bread-making and canning and medicinal herbs. Each participant will take home many samples and can choose to purchase at cost their batch of soap. Each afternoon will be small group horse-back riding lessons. Lunches and snacks will come right out of our gardens, chicken coops and some wildcrafting. If you’ve always wanted to take ALL the Aurora Farm workshops, plan your summer holiday so that you can join us for this four day intensive. Guaranteed to inspire, commune with animals and gardens, gain some practical skills and have a ton of fun with like-minded folks!! Cost: $400 – includes lunches, snack and materials for products. Soap batch may be purchased at cost which varies from $25 – $65 for 25 bars. One session only! August 1-4 9am –...

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Summer 2016 Garden Food Box

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

Aurora Farm Garden Food Box We are very excited to be well into our seedling planting and it’s coming up beautifully.  Sign up to get our food box for 10 weeks this summer into the fall harvest. How does it work?  Each week for 10 weeks, mid-July till the end of September, we send you a list of all our available produce and products.  You get to pick from available food categories. Food box pick-up at the farm or delivery each Saturday.  Each week we calculate what you have purchased and take it off your initial payment.   Delivery within the city is an additional $10 per week. What’s in the food box?  We’ve got most things growing in our gardens.  Our most popular items last year were leafy greens, beets and carrots, herbs (tea, culinary and medicinal), tomatoes, beans and cucumbers.  We’ve got 2000 heads of garlic planted.  Our fresh eggs are usually in good supply but they are first-come first-serve.  And there’s baking!  Bread, cinnamon buns, quiches, pizza pops all made with organic whole grains.  Last but not least, this year, there will be a honey harvest at the end of the season so you won’t want to miss out on that! What if I go away for two weeks in the summer?  No problem.  Because our food box works on a pre-paid credit system you simply let us know that you won’t be putting in an order and you will save your credit till you’re back from your summer holiday! Can I get my regular favorite Aurora Farm products with my food box credit?  Of course!  Soaps, creams, lip balms, bath products and our popular all-natural “room deodorizer” Manitoba Mist can always be put in with your order each week! What if I don’t use up all my credit by the end of the summer?  You do have to use up all your credit by the end of October.  But don’t forget, Aurora Farm products make great gifts and store well.  We also do a lot of canning, freezing and drying so will keep all winter long. How much does it cost for an Aurora Farm Food Box?   $400 for a couple; $600 for a larger family; $200 for singles and seniors. How do I sign up?  You can email info@aurorafarm.ca to let us know that you will be taking a box.  You can drop off a cheque or pay cash or credit card at the farm on Saturdays and Sundays between 11am-4pm.  You can call 204-261-6279 with your credit card...

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Manitoba Mist Under Attack by Health Canada!

Posted by on Aug 12, 2015 in Uncategorized | 2 comments

Aurora Farm forced to discontinue production and sales of popular bug spray Manitoba Mist by Health Canada. Health Canada’s restrictive and expensive process for registering pesticides is forcing small-scale business Aurora Farm from producing and selling it’s proven insect repellant Manitoba Mist. Health Canada representative suggested that the process of registering a pesticide will cost upward of $180,000. The initial PMRA (Pest Management Regulatory Agency) Pre-submission Consultation Request can take up to 16 weeks. “Manitoba Mist has been an excellent product to complement our other natural care products and contributed a significant revenue stream. It’s unfair for Health Canada to make its registration process so lengthy and expensive.” Louise May, Aurora Farm. An economical, local product like Manitoba Mist is important for families who don’t want to use DEET based products. Local families who purchase Manitoba Mist from Aurora Farm directly or at Farmers’ Market are disappointed by the decision by Health Canada. “You know we love your bug spray!!!! Safe for the whole family and it actually works! This is coming from someone who has an abnormal allergy to mosquitoes! It even worked on the black flies at the beach.” Local family In August 2014, Health Canada announced that it was banning Citronella from bug sprays despite scientific evidence to the contrary. By December 2014, Health Canada reverted its decision stating “popular outcry”. “There is no sense of credibility at Health Canada in this instance and I won’t be putting the resources into fighting it. Instead, I will be posting my recipe online. All the natural ingredients can be purchased at my farm store and over-the-counter at most natural food and health stores” Louise May, Aurora Farm.   References: Health Canada – Pest Management Regulatory Agency: http://www.hc-sc.gc.ca/cps-spc/pest/registrant-titulaire/index-eng.php Telephone: 613-736-3799 Toll-free: 1-800-267-6315   August 31, 2014 Citronella banned: http://www.cbc.ca/news/business/health-canada-pulling-last-of-citronella-based-bug-sprays-1.2750365   Feb. 19, 2015 Citronella ban lifted:...

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Spring and Summer 2015 Workshops

Posted by on Mar 23, 2015 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

Three-Day Backyard Dairy Goat School Learn everything you need to care for your own dairy goats. Three-days of hand-milking Aurora goats will get you ready for action. Practical skills like trimming hooves, administering needles and basic first aid will all be taught with hands-on exercises. We’ll go over planning for shelter and fencing with your existing spaces in mind so that all participants can leave with a set-up plan. We’ll spend the afternoons in the kitchen making cheeses: chèvre, ricotta, feta, mozza and paneer, yogurt, cream, butter and ice-cream. By the end of session you will be ready for goats! Some Aurora Farm goats will be available for purchase to families who have taken this course. Take one more, big step towards food-security and health for your family. Monday-Wednesday, April 27-29th, 9am-3pm each day. Cost: $300 per person Goat-Milk Cheese Workshops Start the morning off in the barn learning how to milk a goat! Then head into the kitchen to make feta, chèvre, ricotta and mozzarella cheeses as well as yogurt. Basic harder-to-find supplies will be available for purchase so that you can continue to make cheeses at home. We’ll talk about nutrition, food security and how you can set up your own backyard dairy.  Saturday, May 9, 9am – noon. Cost: $80 Limited to 10 participants so reserve your spot. Goat Milk Soap-Making  Learn how to make goat milk soap from scratch. You will have the option to purchase the batch of soap that you make during the workshop. Each batch makes approximately 26 bars of 110gr each. Ingredients and molds for home soap-making can be purchased so that you can make your own soap for yourself at home.  Saturday April 18th 1pm-5pm.  $50 for workshop.  If you would like to keep the batch of soap you make the cost is an additional $30 per batch of soap plus cost of essential oil. NOTE: Arrangements must be made to pick up the batch of soap the following day, Sunday April 19th between 1pm-4pm. 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. Four Fridays: May 1, 8, 15, 22 and 29.   From 6:30pm – 8pm.  Cost per session: $100 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. Four Saturdays – May 2, 9, 16 and 23.  10am-11:30am. Cost: $125 per parent and child team (all ages welcome!) Backyard Chickens Thinking about having a clutch of hens in your backyard so that you can have delicious and nutritious fresh eggs (not to mention food security for your family!) Join us for an afternoon of discussions and demonstrations. You’ll leave feeling ready to do it!  We’ll have our order of chicks in by then so you can leave with some new chicks if you are ready. Sunday, May 24th,  2pm-4pm Cost: $10 per person. Drop-in welcome.  No need to register. Aurora Farm is located at 4265 Waverley Street, 3 miles south of the Perimeter Hwy in St. Norbert. Summer Youth...

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Garden Food Box 2015

Posted by on Mar 23, 2015 in Uncategorized | 5 comments

Sign up for Aurora Farm’s weekly food box for summer 2015. A ten-week program featuring your choice of fresh produce, fruits and berries, home baking, fresh ground organic grains, pickles and jams, medicinal herbs and of course, our regular line of natural products. Plus surprises every week. Each Tuesday, Food Box families will get an email listing the choice of weekly abundance. Pick up on Sundays at Aurora Farm between 1pm and 4pm or delivery to your home each Sunday after 4pm.  At the end of the harvest season, you will have first option for our extra canning, cold storage veggies, dried produce, seed garlic and honey. Program runs from July 26 to September 26th. Cost: $400 for pick-up at Aurora and $500 for delivery. Maximum registration of 20 families Email: ...

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We are off to the Royal Manitoba Winter Fair! March 30 – April 4

Posted by on Mar 23, 2015 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

I can remember going to the Brandon Fair every spring growing up.  I loved the baby animals, the superdogs and marveled at the heavy-horse hitches.  As Zona grew up starting at age 12, we went to the fair so that she could compete in the horse jumping competitions.  That was quite the experience for both of us!  I can see that I was slowly thinking about how to take up farming.  The huge trade show became more of interest to me, taking all the time to talk and learn about all the latest news in agriculture.  As I began developing Aurora Farm I did have a booth for a few years when Zona was competing through her late-teen years.  But over her last 5 university years we haven’t gone and I’ve missed it! So, I was ever so pleased when Zona announced mid-winter that she was preparing to compete again in the jumping competition.  I immediately booked in with my booth and was thrilled to get a spot up in the Arena Concourse so that I will be able to watch all the events from my booth. Hope you can make it to Brandon for a day or even a few days.  It’s worth...

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So many “Thanks” to give!

Posted by on Oct 10, 2014 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

The winds are beginning to remind us of our impending winter. And yet the harvest is still coming in without a significant frost to kill the gardens yet. We had a very successful Open Farm Day on September 21st, we’d like to thank everyone who came out to visit the farm! Thank you to Sisler High School Grade 11 and 12 Food classes for their help in harvesting a big batch of fall vegetables! Also, a big thank you to everyone who participated in our first Food Box Program! It was a great experience for us, and sure to be continuing with more in the future! Special thanks to the whole Aurora Summer 2014 Team: Zona, our WOOFERS Fred, Kennedy, and Marja, Dougal, Mary, Aynsleigh, Katherine, Scott, Jen, Briann, Michelle, Leanne, Ana, Sophia, Katie, Jeannine, Danielle, Kristi, Susan, Alicia, and thanks to Leonard, Tim and Al for our great parking...

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Open Farm Day – September 21st!

Posted by on Sep 19, 2014 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

Our next big Open Farm Day is this Sunday, September 21st from 10am – 5pm! Come and meet us, learn about our products, see our goat-milking demonstration at 10am, and experience our pony rides, mini-tours and other activities! This is a province-wide Open Farm Day, please visit this website for more information:...

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Manitoba Mist on CBC

Posted by on Jul 13, 2014 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

Aurora Farm has been receiving lots of attention for our Manitoba Mist product after being featured in an article by CBC! Our Manitoba Mist bottles are $5 for small (75ml) bottles and $15 for large (250ml) bottles. We sell them at our weekly markets, in our online store, and at Aurora Farm Open Farm Days (from 1pm to 4pm every Sunday). The article is linked below: Mosquito repellents: Test-driving brands and natural...

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