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Ferme Jobin is a family farm near the French community of St. Claude, MB and has been in operations as a mixed farm - Cattle, Grain, Pork, & Chicken - since 1892. Since 2008 the farm has been Certified Organic

Family values, strong work ethic, and passion for producing healthy products that support environmentally conscious farming techniques, responsible farming, & animal welfare is the foundation to our Sustainable Farm of over 1300 acres.   

Nicolas & Leanna are full time Farmers who enjoy working hard on all of their innovative farm ventures!  They share an appreciation for Regenerative Farming and are always happy to share their knowledge & farming techniques/ventures with anyone interested to support the growth of more sustainable farms that produce healthy soil, healthy animals, & healthy food. Fall 2016 Nicolas & Leanna are building their first OFF-GRID FARM CABIN for Interns to stay & learn at the farm!

OUR FARM GOAL

Our goal as farmers is simple:

  1. Farm to produce healthy soil
  2. Farm to produce healthy animals
  3. Farm to produce healthy food

Accomplishing our goal each day is simple:

  1. Never compromise our farm values & beliefs for short-term gains or profits.

 

pastured & organic - on our farm -

grass fed CATTLE - Boeuf

Certified Organic & Pastured / grass fed

  • Pastured on Grasses & Certified Organic Diverse Cover Crops 
  • Hairy Vetch, Sorgham, Kale, Grasses, Rye Grass, Flax, Clovers & Brassicas 
  • Cattle are moved multiple x daily to pasture paddocks with new growth
  • We grow and produce our own winter feed from our Certified Organic crops - NO GMO!
  • Calving is done on pasture in late spring - early summer to follow nature's cycles
  • Calves are not weaned - we let the cows naturally wean the calves on their own 

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+ GRASS FED - what this means on our farm:

We believe in creating healthy soil, healthy animals, & healthy food - HEALTHY SOIL is the #1 factor in creating healthy animals & food - without healthy soil, full cycle organic farming would NOT be successful or sustainable. Simply put - If our soils is unhealthy & lacks nutrients, then the same goes for our animals & food produced.

GRASS FED GRAZING YEAR ROUND

  • APR - NOV: Perennial Tame Pastures & Native Pastures
  • NOV - DEC: Extended Grazing (COVER CROPS)
  • JAN - MAR: Bale Grazing (OUR Organic Grass/Alfalfa/Clover mix)

MOB STOCK GRAZING

  • Mob Stock Grazing (Managed Intensive Rotational Grazing)
  • Cattle move to fresh pasture together in a herd to follow how a herd would roam freely in the wild.
  • Our cattle move to fresh pasture 3 x daily on average
  • Cattle graze all of our pasture in 50 days, leaving 50 full days of recovery for grasses.
  • We manage grazing to allow our cattle to eat 40% of grasses in each paddock before moving them to new pasture.
  • 60% of grasses are left behind in each pasture to feed the soil & regrowth.
  • AFTER 50 days of grazing, cattle begin grazing the pastures again. 50 days of regrowth allows for lush grasses along with the dry matter from 60% of grasses left behind.
  • Lush grasses & dry matter allow the cattle to balance their own diet and fiber requirements for maximum gain and production.

DIVERSE Cover Crops

  • The diversity of crops increases the diversity of life in the soil which is what increases the recovery of soil for a strong life cycle in the soil.
  • Continuously grazing a monoculture crop / grass does not increase soil biology.
  • Mob Stock Grazing - we move our cattle multiple x each day to fresh paddocks to ensure our land is not being overgrazed, as well as to provide the grazed land a long recovery period.
  • Our Cattle graze Hairy Vetch, Sorgham, Grasses, Kale, Rye Grass, Flax, Clovers, & Brassicas. (ALL CERTIFIED ORGANIC)
  • We feel that Mob Stock Grazing & Diverse Cover Crops is the healthiest way to regenerate our soil & provide our animals with optimal nourishment.

Are Diverse Cover Crops more expensive / time consuming to produce for our cattle & soil?? 100% YEP - YOU BETCHYA!! Do we care?? NOPE!! We don't want to just maintain our farmland - we want to regenerate our farmland.

+ custom grazing:

On our farm we Custom Graze cattle along side our own Cattle Herd. Custom Grazed cattle are grazed the same as our own cattle - moving multiple x each day to fresh new growth of Diverse Cover Crops - Certified Organic.

Our Custom Grazing season runs from June - October

berkshires - porc

Our Berkshires are Pastured with full access to many acres of Forest & Bush for shelter.  

  • Root & Graze on diverse cover crops (pastured)
    • Peas, Oats, Wheat, Sorgham, Clover, & Brassicas - all Certified Organic
  • Raised OUTDOORS ALL YEAR in their natural forest environment
  • Sows farrow during summer so that piglets do not need to be brought indoors
  • Piglets are not weaned - we let the sows naturally wean their little ones

poulet & des oeufs

CHICKEN AVAILABLE  Gov't Inspected

Baby Chicks are fed our very own farm grown Certified Organic feed 

  • NO medicated chick feed or feed starter
  • we grow & make our feed on-farm & ferment the feed to increase available nutrients

Meat Birds are pastured & move to fresh grass daily via our Chicken Tractors

  • Chicken Tractors allow full access to fresh grass, crops, bugs, worms, & sunlight
  • Chicken Tractors provide shelter & protection from predators & harsh weather

Laying Hens are pastured & roaming freely via our Egg Mobile

  • Egg Mobile follows behind our herd of grazing Cattle
  • The Hens use the Egg Mobile as a safe place to nest / lay eggs 
  • Egg Mobile offers the Hens protection at night from predators & harsh weather

PASTURED FARM EGGS

  • Eggs are collected 2 x each day - cleaned & stored below 7° Celsius
  • Eggs sold are uninspected & non-graded (Farm Gate Sales)

 

grain

We sow & harvest Certified Organic crops for Diverse Cover Crops (pastured animal grazing & soil biology), grain market sales, & chick feed.  We clean all of our seed on our farm.  

*If you are looking to purchase our Organic Grains for animal feed, please contact us in the fall. Every fall we sell a limited amount of our Organic Grains to customers for feed use!      

  • CEREALS:  Wheat / Oats / Barley / Rye / Triticale
  • COOL SEASON CROPS:  Flax / Kale / Mustard / Brassicas
  • LEGUMES:  Peas / Lentils / Vetch / Clover / Alfalfa
  • WARM SEASON CROPS:  Buckwheat / Sunflower / Millet
  • GRASSES:  Pearl Millet / Sudan / Sorghum / Italian Rye / Orchard / Fescue
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+ Why we are Certified Organic:

We are huge supporters of organic farming, which is why we underwent the ohhh so VERY LONG and expensive $$ process to be Certified. A common phrase these days among farms seems to be that they "are" organic just not "certified". While that may be fine for some, it just doesn't cut it on our farm. period.

It has been said "organic" farming doesn't mean the animals are "raised" any more natural than conventional farming, and YES that may be true for large Organic farming corporations, HOWEVER, we can only control what we do, & we see many very important reasons to be Certified Organic - including:

Certified Organic is the ONLY regulated standard:

  • No GMO Seed or Feed allowed. period.
  • No chemicals, fertilizers, pesticides, herbicides, glyphosates..(the list goes on) allowed. period.
  • No insecticides, growth hormones, antibiotics allowed. period.

Because we are Certified Organic, we are legally obligated to follow organic procedures & processes...that being said:

  • We cannot sacrifice any organic obligation to our soil & animals regardless of the circumstance
  • We have Organic Governing Body inspectors who visit us regularly to ensure all standards are being followed.

MOST IMPORTANTLY

We believe farming in the most organically & mindful way possible - raising animals in their most natural environments & elements, and taking care of our soil. We practice Regenerative Farming, and although being Certified Organic may not be of importance to many, we would be going against our beliefs if we did not support the fundamentals of Organic Farming today.

+ how much meat & freezer space for bulk orders:

Our heritage Berkshires are raised outside all year, pastured during summer months, rooting / eating peas, oats, flax, root vegetables, wheat, & grasses. They grow larger & hardier than pigs raised in barns with little outdoor sapce.

Purchasing a FULL Berkshire is economical & the amount of meat is not overwhelming...

  • 1 FULL Berkshire = average 148 lbs of meat (depending on cuts chosen)
  • 1 FULL Berkshire = average 7 cubic feet of freezer space (1 cubic foor is slightly smaller than a milk crate)
  • 1/2 Berkshire = average 74 lbs of meat (depending on cuts chosen)
  • 1/2 Berkshire = average 3.5 cubic feet of freezer space

Our Angus cattle are smaller than conventional cattle, enabling them to thrive & finnish in a pastured grazing system

  • 1 BEEF BUNDLE = 60 lbs of meat
  • 1 BEEF BUNDLE = average 3 cubic feet of freezer space
  • 1 SIDE of Beef = average 160 lbs of meat (depending on cuts chosen)
  • 1 SIDE of Beef = average 8 cubic feet of freezer space

Refer to the SHOPPE $ page for further info on ordering BULK from the farm

+ how to order:

Ordering from the farm is easy! Click on our $ shoppe page to check out all of the products available.

REGULAR ORDERS

  • select meat products & quantities online
  • checkout - checkout $$ will be ZERO $0.00
  • fill out info forms (contact information)
  • fill out MEAT ORDER FORM - to select your delivery time & date
    SUBMIT! YAY!
  • we will review your order & calculate your TOTAL ORDER $
  • Our meat is priced $ PER POUND - so each pack varies slightly in weight & price
  • We will send you an email with your TOTAL ORDER $ & option to pay securely ONLINE or at DELIVERY

BULK ORDERS (flat rate Bulk packages)

  • select FLAT RATE bulk package(s) online
  • checkout & pay $ ONLINE with Credit Card

FULL & HALF ORDERS

  • select FULL or HALF product online
  • checkout & pay ONLINE $150 DEPOSIT
  • remainder $$ due at DELIVERY

we will contact you for further info about your Full or Half order

+ Why we are not at the St Norbert Farmers Market:

If you met us at the St Norbert Farmers Market over the past few years, then you are probably already aware of our farming ventures and that we are, in fact, FULL TIME FARMERS with a full cycle organic farm. Even though we greatly enjoyed providing our products to many people at the Farmers Market, the reality is that our farm is a full cycle farm and we do not outsource any aspects of our ventures (animals, feed, crops, grazing, harvest....list goes on!) - in other words - WE are the farmers farming over 1300 acres on our organic farm.

We love the way that we choose to farm, and farming this way takes extra care & efforts when it comes to our animals & land. Leaving our farm 2 full days / week during the most crucial 6 months of the year to be at the Farmers Market really takes a HUGE amount of our time away from the farm - away from the animals - away from the land. Our full daily contact with the animals & land is our top priority, and we cannot sacrifice our farming beliefs or farming techniques. Offering Home Deliveries twice each month & letting people pickup their farm orders from us at any time works great for our farm and it is sustainable - nothing on the farm gets put on the back-burner during the busy months! (sigh of relief!)

Was the St. Norbert Farmers Market profitable for us - YES - but the farm has to sacrifice and ends up paying the price, so in our eyes that is not profit for the farm, nor is it sustainable for our farm situation.

Because we will be ON THE FARM all summer, and not at Farmers Markets, we are able to increase our Pastured Chicken & Egg Production!! This is exciting, as in the past we only had the time to produce enough for family - and an extremely limited amount was available to customers. Our farm is all about synergy between the animals & land, and our Pastured Chickens & Hens are an important element of the synergy on our farm, so we are thrilled to invest more of our time on the farm!

Thank you for understanding why we are not at the Farmers Market this year - THE FARM THANKS YOU!!


Farm Order Pick-ups & Visiting us!

2018 farm apprenticeship

MAX 2 spots - 2018 apprenticeship has been filled

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+ apprenticeship dates:

April/May - September/October dates are flexible for the right farm-mate

+ apprenticeship experience:

At Ferme Jobin we believe in sharing our knowledge & skills with others who have a passion and interest in Sustainable Regenerative Farming practices. Our goal within our apprenticeship program is to give aspiring sustainable farmers the know-how & skills to enter in successful farming ventures of their own.

While the apprentice invests their time & energy to be an integral part of the farm practices during their stay, we invest our time to share all we can with each apprentice, focused around their individual farm goals. For the right apprentice, this experience can open future doors to opportunities with Ferme Jobin, including future satellite farms & symbiotic Farm Venture start-ups on our land.

The apprenticeship experience at Ferme Jobin is truly designed for the aspiring farmers out there eager to learn & get involved! We take our apprenticeship experience very seriously and cannot tolerate anyone who is not here for the right reasons - we simply do not have time to waste.

+ hands-on learning:

A typical day here on the farm will vary depending on your individual skills & farm goals! Our operations and daily practices include rising by 6am for breakfast & our morning farm meeting, heading out to move the chicken tractors and feeding the chickens, mixing new feed for the chickens, collecting eggs, moving the egg mobile, as well as moving the pigs & cattle to their new paddocks in our rotational grazing system. After a fresh tasty lunch the fencing will need to be checked and set-up for future moves, eggs will be collected a second time, eggs will be cleaned and properly stored, & customer orders will be filled. Throughout the season we will prepare the land for organic crops, seed organic fields, swath / combine crops for harvest, clean our seed & store it on-farm for sales & farm use.

Depending on the season - cattle are moved year round in our rotational grazing system, calving takes place in late spring, baby chicks are in the brooders late spring, seeding in late spring & early summer, on-farm chicken & turkey harvesting in mid & late summer, grain harvest from mid summer - fall, fall seeding & seed cleaning starts early fall. The hands-on knowledge & skills for each venture will be shared, including the business / economics.

WE MUST NOT FORGET ABOUT THE FAMILY GARDEN!! We have 15 large raised beds & ground veggie plants which we tend each year for lots of fresh produce! We make our own compost & compost teas for the garden, practice vermiculture, and CAN LIKE CRAZY each fall to have lots of canned veggies for winter.

As always - the busy summer season requires hard work, problem solving, & innovative thinking to keep everything smooth & on-track regardless of unforeseen setbacks (weather.... machinery/equipment repairs....). Creative thinking & brainstorming is one of our favourite parts of being on the farm! We are always looking at new ways to improve the farm functions - so bring your ideas - an open mind is a MUST for full cycle organic & regenerative farming!

Each year we undergo new projects & ventures on the farm, which bring lots of excitement and no shortage of tasks to be done! Even our horses, which are just for our fun & enjoyment on the farm require lots of grooming & riding.

There is a rhythm to how & when we do things, and a purpose to why we do things. Processes & Procedures are an important part of keeping the farm organized while moving at a steady pace. We are not your babysitter on the farm nor do we want to micromanage your projects! Everyone learns at a different pace and we will ensure you have all the tools & knowledge to succeed here on the farm in the apprenticeship experience - we trust that you will respect our farm & our processes/procedures during your commitment & stay on the farm.

What a journey it is on the farm - can't wait to share it with you!

+ the details:

EXPERIENCE / QUALIFICATIONS

You do not need to have farming experience to be accepted, however, this role is for an aspiring farmer. We have many ongoing farm ventures, so experience and skills from all different areas are equally important! In 2017 we will be building 2 additional Eco-Farm Cabins - so carpentry skills/interests are a valuable asset!

Most valuable of all is your attitude in this role. An apprentice with very little farm experience but with the right attitude and acceptance will flourish as opposed to an individual with excellent experience and a poor attitude. If you have a poor attitude....please do not apply for this farm experience!!

Ask yourself if you are aspiring to learn how to farm a full cycle sustainable farm - if your answer is "meh....just looking for a fun summer" then this is not the experience for you. While we will have a great deal of fun on the farm - there is a great deal of hard work and dedication to the farm as well.

A MAXIMUM of ONLY 2 apprentices will be accepted in 2018

Couples with shared farming interests are welcome to apply

WORK SCHEDULE

  • 5-5.5 days/week work schedule (55-60 hours/week)
  • 1.5-2 days/week OFF (varies between weekdays & weekends)

ROOM & BOARD

  • private accommodation at one of our Eco-Farm Cabins
  • the Eco-Farm Cabin will be your private space with bedroom, kitchen, & bathroom
  • you will eat well during your stay! You have access to all of the meat on the farm (Beef, Pork, Chicken, & Eggs) as well as fresh garden veggies & fruit. Your cabin has a fridge & bbq in addition to meals being prepared for you!
  • Water, Snacks, & Toiletries are provided for your cabin at all times - you may take what you need for your cabin!
  • Leanna teaches Yoga - you are welcome to attend any Yoga classes during your stay!

COMPENSATION

  • FREE Room & Board
  • $$ based on experience STIPEND $400 up to $1200/month with Performance Advances
  • access to one of our vehicles for your use if needed

Thank you to everyone who showed interest in learning on our farm - we wish you all a great farming year ahead and hope to hear from you again!!