Welcome to Luna Field Farm

Local Manitoba grown pasture-raised & grass-fed meats.

Grass Fed Beef

Grazing for soil & ecosystem health.

Pasture Raised Eggs

Pastured hens, healthy eggs.

Pasture Raised Chicken

From our farm to your fork.

Grass Fed Lamb

Planned grazing for healthy land & good food.

Pasture Raised Pork

Taste the difference.
Chicken

Pasture Raised Chicken

In a pastured poultry system birds are kept outside (seasonally). Portable shelters are used and the birds have access to fresh-growing palatable vegetation. The pastured poultry shelters are moved each day so that the chickens have access to fresh vegetation and so we can manage nutrient deposits on the land.

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Beef

Grass Fed Beef

From the time an animal is born to the time it reaches your dinner table we take great care to consider the wellbeing of that animal and the environment in which it’s raised. Calves are born on pasture in late spring/early summer and cows are grazed using planned grazing techniques whereby they have access to fresh pasture each day.

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Eggs

Pastured Eggs

Our pastured hens are raised seasonally, on pasture, where they roam during the day. We use portable hen houses that follow behind the cows and the sheep on pasture.

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Pork

Pasture Raised Pork

Our pigs are raised in a pasture environment. Just as we do with the other animals on the farm, we move the pigs, changing the location of their paddock every couple of weeks.

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A little bit about us.

Our Mission
Through the use of regenerative agricultural practices we are committed to producing the highest quality pasture raised and grass fed meats in Manitoba. We strive to sustain a viable family farm operation with respect for the animals and the land we steward. We aim to work with nature to produce and deliver food that is good for the community and for you and your family.
Our Guarantee
If you are not completely satisfied with your purchase we will arrange a refund on all unused frozen product. We want to work to provide you with the best grass-fed has to offer. We strive to produce food that you are excited about.
What's in a name?
The name Luna Field Farm is inspired by our Livestock Guardian Dog Luna, who faithfully guards our flock of sheep. She is our true shepherd.
A little bit about Lydia
I am originally from Winnipeg. While I was a student at the University of Winnipeg I studied Environmental Science and Geography where I took an interest in systems ecology and soil sciences (nutrient cycling!) Later I earned my Master’s in Natural Resources Management with a research focus on rural livelihoods and gender. My studies have taken me to Mexico and Brazil where I gained an increased understanding and appreciation for agrarian livelihoods and small-scale agriculture. Through my learning and farming experience I have come to realize that pasture based farming and food production are viable livelihood activities for young people in Canada. Farming allows Wian and I to work together, problem solve, learn from others, learn from our environment, and provide our community with healthy food. I am challenged everyday to make decisions that impact how we care for land, animals,family and friends.
The story on Wian
As long as I can remember I have wanted to graze livestock. I began farming in 2005 after moving to Canada from Pretoria, South Africa. From the age of 18 I studied during the winter months and farmed on rented land during the summer. Initially I focused on pastured poultry but dreamed of one day raising sheep and cattle on a mixed-livestock farm. I wanted to raise good food for people in my community. Over the past decade I have had the opportunity to raise chickens, turkeys, ducks, pigs, sheep, goats and cattle. Since the spring of 2012 Lydia and I have been farming in Western Manitoba where we raise our chickens and pigs on pasture use planned grazing management for our grassfed beef and lamb. I have found self directed-study, trial and error, mentorship and the direct application of attained skills to be the most rewarding learning tools.

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6 days ago

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FAQ: How do you deal with predation in your pastured poultry system?

This is a very recent FAQ and is a curiosity for folks who have watched the movie " The Biggest Little Farm" on Netflix (the film contains some pasture poultry predation issues). We have been asked this question a few times at our most recent deliveries.

Fortunately, from year to year we have very few predation losses on pasture. That is not to say there are't predation risks, there are, but some of the systems we have in place reduce our risk:

1) Electrified netting and properly constructed poultry shelters. Small predators like skunks and weasels can sneak through the smallest of spaces so the netting must be the right size and the poultry shelters tightly sealed. Raptors do not seem to attempt catching chickens surrounded by a perimeter of electric netting. Eagles will try for birds freely ranging in the open.

2) Livestock Guardian dogs (Buzz and Neil) who have specifically taken on the duty of guarding poultry through summer.

3) Frequent choring of the poultry i.e human presence and infrastructure movement (It becomes hard for predators to learn where the gaps/opportunities are when the infrastructure keeps moving)

One year, we were loosing some of our pasture raised meat chickens to a skunk. The skunk would kill one or two per night. Sometimes more. This went on for several nights. We tried to block any spaces in the shelters it might have squeeze through but it was digging, so that was hard to do. The dogs are more responsive to larger predators like coyotes and the skunk remained elusive (but we could smell it!)

We knew the skunk was coming from the west so set a live sunk trap by the most westerly shelter where the skunk found most of it's meals. It seems silly now to think that given the chance to eat chicken vs whatever we put in the trap, that it would have gone for the trap....It didn't work.

We had some good grass/grazing to the west, so our next plan was to bring the cattle up west of the chickens, creating a bovine barrier. It was an idea. We weren't sure it would work, but knew it would change the skunks surroundings. We have an additional guard dog who is not inclined to guard chickens, but loves visiting the cattle so that was some extra arsenal.

We can't say for certain that this was the remedy, but the predation ceased the day we moved those cows.

So, #4) Livestock placement and species integration.
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We had a hawk killing the wife’s chickens in net fencing . Set up a few pie plates on rods so they would move around . End of the issue .

Summer 2018 we had a skunk enjoying the all you can kill chicken buffet. Of 150 birds, I lost 75. Every morning for a week, new dead birds, every afternoon/evening, screwing boards over the tiniest holes in the barn. He dug through the foundation of the barn at one point. I am not one to kill wildlife just for being near my birds, but this was another matter. I borrowed a trap and due to sheer luck, got him the first night. Whew.

Ae all your LGDs named after astronauts?

Sent you a PM a few days back...TIA

Same thing here , 2 years ago a skunk basically kill about 100 bird in one month , we finished by trapping that skunk but it was a hell of a job !! thanks for the info !!

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1 week ago

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Chicken noddle, French Green Lentil and Mushroom Soup:

I made this today using the leftovers from one of our pasture raised roast chickens (including all of the drippings) onion, french green lentils from the Adagio Acres grain CSA, mushrooms, turmeric, thyme, bay leaves, salt and pepper & egg noodles. I had not thought about adding lentils to chicken soup before, but wow, was it ever good!
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Chicken noddle, French Green Lentil and Mushroom Soup:

I made this today using the leftovers from one of our pasture raised roast chickens (including all of the drippings) onion, french green lentils from the Adagio Acres grain CSA, mushrooms, turmeric, thyme, bay leaves, salt and pepper & egg noodles. I had not thought about adding lentils to chicken soup before, but wow, was it ever good!Image attachment

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Looks delicious - I’m going to have try that! I have the grain CSA too 🙂 and a Luna Field Farm chicken carcass waiting to be made into soup, in the freezer

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