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!
Never compromise our farm values & beliefs for short-term gains or profits.
Certified Organic & Pastured / grass fed
(click titles for more info)
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
MOB STOCK GRAZING
DIVERSE Cover Crops
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.
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
Our Berkshires are Pastured with full access to many acres of Forest & Bush for shelter.
CHICKEN AVAILABLE Gov't Inspected
Baby Chicks are fed our very own farm grown Certified Organic feed
Meat Birds are pastured & move to fresh grass daily via our Chicken Tractors
Laying Hens are pastured & roaming freely via our Egg Mobile
PASTURED FARM EGGS
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!
(click on each FAQ for more info)
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:
Because we are Certified Organic, we are legally obligated to follow organic procedures & processes...that being said:
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.
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...
Our Angus cattle are smaller than conventional cattle, enabling them to thrive & finnish in a pastured grazing system
Refer to the SHOPPE $ page for further info on ordering BULK from the farm
Ordering from the farm is easy! Click on our $ shoppe page to check out all of the products available.
BULK ORDERS (flat rate Bulk packages)
FULL & HALF ORDERS
we will contact you for further info about your Full or Half order
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!!
(click on each title for more info)
April/May - September/October dates are flexible for the right farm-mate
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.
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!
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
ROOM & BOARD