Through the use of ecologically sound grazing and land management practices we are committed to producing the highest quality pasture raised and grassfed meats in Manitoba. We are committed to a community based food distribution model. We strive to sustain a viable family farm operation with respect for the animals and the land we steward and the people we serve. We want to work to produce and deliver food that is nourishing and wholesome for you and your loved ones.
Luna Field Farm is a pasture (grass)-based livestock farm operated by Wian Prinsloo and Lydia Carpenter. The farm is run on several hundred acres of grazing pasture land in southwestern Manitoba. Through an ecological lens we focus on the health of our livestock, pastures [plants], and soils, recognizing that we are what we eat, from the ground up! We employ planned grazing techniques in a multi-species grazing system with the objective of better land, great food and a healthier community. We feel that growing food, and/or procuring local foods is one way to foster responsible land stewardship and nurture resilient communities. We want to provide you with the highest quality pasture-raised and grass-fed meats and encourage others to consider farming and food production as a viable livelihood.
At Luna Field Farm we offer:
- Pasture for Life. Grassfed – Beef
- Pasture & Woodlot Raised Pork
- Eggs from Pasture raised hens
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 ranching full time on a mixed-livestock farm. Over the years 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 livestock on pasture using adaptive multi species grazing.
I am interested in regenerative & ecologically sound agricultural practices & species and habitat conservation in harmony with food production and perennial agricultural systems.
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. Later I earned my Master’s degree 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.
I am interested in whole farm systems and soil health, farm transition strategies and how to create community in rural Canada. Along with managing our farm and direct market business I do some work on helping farm families with farm transition planning. I am interested in farm policy, farm transition, and business planning. I am interested in the privalege built into settlement history and how we came to be on this. I am passionate about the human relationships needed to make farming and rural communities really work and I am working taking additional training in mediation and conflict resolution.
In our aspiration to farm as part of our livelihood we have received tremendous support from family and friends. We are privileged to have had the ongoing support of many local farmers and community members. We are happy to share our story and our learning. If you are interested in hearing about how we started farming please contact us.