About Chikousky Farms

While other little girls were dreaming of marrying princes and playing with Barbie I was happy visiting the farm. Ever since I can remember I wanted to live on a farm. As Providence provided I didn’t marry a farmer I married a city boy. But he had, like me, spent a lot of time on extended family members’ small farms growing up. It was there that we learned a work ethic, how to help a neighbor and what family should be.

When I think about it, most of my happiest memories growing up came from the farm. So when we had a family of our own we decided that Winnipeg wasn’t where we wanted to raise our family.

Our family of six moved from the city of Winnipeg in 1994 to live in Narcisse, Manitoba. The drive to farm went beyond the desire for a family based lifestyle. We were becoming very distrustful of the food that is available at the grocery stores. Add to that the fact that governments were making our ability to buy foods directly from farms illegal or at least complicated we knew that farming was a necessity of life for our family. Our focus in growing our farm has been to first feed our family then to sell our surplus.

We have a broad selection of livestock on the farm. We have purebred Alpine goats as well as a commercial herd. They satisfy our goat milk needs and are used for meat. Our first goat, a beautiful big white Saanen doe named Wattles, was purchased because our youngest son couldn’t drink milk from the store. The freedom that owning that goat gave us was unbelievable.

We also raise a grass based herd of predominantly Black Angus cross cattle. Our first cow, a Shorthorn/Jersey cross, Frosty, is the matriarch of our farm. She is now 15 years of age and happy as ever, gracing the center of this blog’s banner, our tribute to her for “growing” our farm. Along with our Black Angus cross cattle, we also raise a small herd of purebred Jerseys to the farm.

Our first Jersey, named Gaymar Legend Merit Mona ET, was a dream come true for me. I loved the Jerseys on the farm I visited as a girl and the first time I sat next to her to milk was like a dream. Between the goats and cows we are now fully sustainable for raw dairy products on our farm. We make all of our own yogurt, kefir, cheese, butter and even the occasional homemade ice cream on a hot summers day.

We also have a small flock of Suffolk/Rambouillet sheep that supply us with our lamb and hopefully soon I will be able to start using their wool also.
We have poultry here as the seasons permit.

The learning curve was huge at the beginning of our farming life and I am forever grateful for the women, many of whom are no longer with us, that took the time to teach me. They taught me to make butter, cottage cheese and cook traditional foods. They taught me how to depend on our farm instead of the grocery store. They taught me how to care for orphan livestock and more than anything else they fed my soul. I think that this life was what I had searched for my whole life and I have finally found a place I belonged. A place that my husband and I could raise our children, feed them healthy homegrown foods and grow a business that I could help him with. This life is different from how families go through life in the city, rushing from jobs to activities with no time for each other. Here our activities are centered on family and livestock.

We were led to the Weston A. Price Foundation and the book Nourishing Traditions while on this quest to healthy eating and have been blessed with ever increasing health ever since.

One of the most exciting decisions we made was to home school our two youngest children from 1993 to present. Our daughter, now 17, has completed her high school education and is ready to take her exams. Our son, now 15, is working on his. As time goes on it is more and more apparent that this lifestyle is as God intended for us.

We are hoping that this site will evolve to a place where people wanting to farm, even if it is only to feed their families, will get the support they need. We also want to share our family’s crafts and other successes along the way. Life on the farm is always busy but we have learned that a person can always make time to visit for awhile over a cup of tea.

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