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Meet Your Farmers
I have an undergraduate degree in history and a masters of library and information science….. how did I end up wanting to farm? As a student, the things most important to me were research and access to information. When I applied that passion to figuring out what to eat – I learned the key role a farmer plays and discovered gardening and raising livestock could be more than just a hobby.
We live in a world that tries to hide where our food comes from and what is in it. Healthy food is important to me and growing my own food became the solution to accessing it. I wanted to know how my vegetables were grown and what kind of life the animals had. Did the chickens get to scratch around in the dirt? Were the pigs happy? Were vegetables grown in soil that was being improved year after year with natural composting methods? Or was it being depleted of nutrients and exhausted? Eating healthy became more than just what I ate, but how the production methods impact the environment and our community.
As an information professional, I learned to navigate the modern problem of information overload and how to identify good information. I have applied these skills to researching how to farm sustainably. What is important to me:
- Producing the best quality nourishing food
- Happy, healthy animals
- Sustainable production methods
- Making a living wage farming
Animal husbandry is the most rewarding occupation of all time. The responsibility is daunting, but at the same time there is nothing more satisfying. I can honestly say that I can truly appreciate my meals after understanding the work behind raising them. Even more importantly, I believe that healthy happy animals taste better and are better for us.
I grew up on a dairy farm on the Quebec/Ontario border milking Holstein and Jersey cattle. My parents sold the milk cows when I was fourteen and started a travelling petting farm business.
The Monalea Petting Farm traveled as far east as New Brunswick and as far west as the Royal Agricultural Winter Fair in Toronto .The main goal was a hands on approach to promote agriculture and respect for livestock . I worked for my parents as well as doing free-lance work for local farmers.
I obtained an Agricultural diploma from University of Guelph Kemptville Campus with a focus on alternative animal agriculture. As a teenager I developed a strong passion for a critically endangered breed of cattle referred to as the Lynch Lineback. I purchased my first Lineback cattle from Mr. Lynch the year I graduated high school.
Since 2009 I have maintained the largest herd of pure bred Lynch Linebacks there is. In 2013 I moved to a small rented farm near Brockville Ontario and worked managing the heifer program for a 400 cow dairy. I later purchased a 110 acre farm in 2016 and founded FineLine Farm. I maintained breeding programs for heritage breeds of livestock and poultry focusing on pasture production while I also worked off farm as an Animal Health Technician for Semex Alliance.
We met through our Lineback cattle in 2015. In 2018 we became some of the founding members of Lynch Lineback Canada, an association for the development and conservation of the critically endangered cattle. We built a friendship over the years as we both struggled to build our farm business', and work off farm to pay for the start ups. In 2019 we came to the realization that we wanted to share our lives and farm together! Glenn’s farm sold in November of 2019 and he made the move to southern Ontario, where we began farming together. We got married in the fall of 2020 and now have beautiful twin girls.
About Our Farm
Our animal management and farming practices build and improve the soil and pasture, enhance biodiversity and heal the land.
We raise heritage breeds of livestock on the farm through all stages of their lives. We calve/lamb/farrow seasonally, as nature intended.
All animals have access to outdoors/fresh pasture, free to express their natural instincts.
The animals eat real food, as much as we can produce ourselves or through partnerships with like-minded farmers and neighbours.
The cows and sheep are 100% grass fed, we use managed intensive rotational grazing and we cut and bale hay for winter feed.
The laying hens free range and the pigs rotate through their pig paddocks. They get all the extra vegetables from the garden and what nature has to offer – grass and forages, walnuts, acorns, grubs and insects. As we grow, we hope to produce all our feed on farm, but until then, we buy certified organic oats, peas and barely and certified organic feed grade vegetables.
Fertility for the vegetables we grow in the garden is produced on farm. Our ability to produce an abundance of food – and what allows us to share the garden harvest with more than a dozen families – has been the wealth of fertility the animals contribute to the farm.
Farm Store Address:
927417 Oxford Road 8
RR#4 Bright, ON N0J 1B0
Farm Store Hours:
+1 (519) 897 - 2605
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