Real Farm. Real Food.
Meet Your Farmer - Megan Thomas
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.
About Perry's Corners Farm
In 2014, with my family's help and the purchase of an additional 58 acres, my small garden and handful of livestock turned into a real farm. Perry's Corners Farm - where we farm OLD SCHOOL. We have cows and sheep and pigs and chickens and a large garden. Perry's Corners Farm is not one enterprise, but many small enterprises that work harmoniously and require the work (physical and mental input) of a multi-generational family. Our vision is to develop an emotionally, economically, environmentally enhancing agricultural enterprise that provides our family and community with real food.
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.
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927417 Oxford Road 8
RR#4 Bright, ON N0J 1B0
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