The Journey To Becoming A Local Family Farm

This is the first blog post in a series that will give you a glimpse into our lives.  My desire is to give you a sense of how our passion for producing real, nutrient-dense food for our family and yours has been shaped by our experiences over the years.  

So without further delay lets pull back the curtain of the past to take a peak into Larry's growing up years.

Larry was welcomed into this world by four older siblings.  His passion for cattle and horses started to grow when he was brought home to the family's cattle ranch in southern Alberta.  

Like any child that grows up around horses and cattle he was always wanting to be involved in the goings on of the ranch. 

Before he was old enough to go to school it was his job to ride out to the pasture to bring the milk cow in at milking time.

Before he was old enough to go to school it was his job to ride out to the pasture to bring the milk cow in at milking time.

Summer vacation with his second oldest brother on their ranch in B.C.  As always horses were involved!

Summer vacation with his second oldest brother on their ranch in B.C.  As always horses were involved!

Many of the activities on the ranch involved cattle and horses.  

Cattle would be moved from pasture to pasture on horse back.  

Because of the large expanses of pastures where the cattle grazed, branding was a necessity of life on the ranch.  Brandings were always a time for the family and the neighbours to come together to work and enjoy each others company.  It was also a time for the young people to practice their roping skills.

Dragging calves to the branding area.

Dragging calves to the branding area.

After high school Larry went to work for the Government of Alberta taking care of community ranchers' cattle on large public grazing leases.  This was his dream job.  He was to spend the next seven years on the wide open prairies of southern Alberta. 

Then came one of the biggest moves of his life....