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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 well-documented. I can say that it is only because of my time recuperating from two! hip replacements in this past year that I have had the time to delve into the old files and try to make sense of something that has become a terrible community failure. To say that...

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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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