Welcome to Rose Hill Farm!
Nestled on the west side of the Fraser River, Rose Hill Farm is a classic mixed-production farm designed to provide food security for me and my clients. With over 20 years of small-scale farming under my belt, I have been testing out ideas for how to keep food growing in my 16-acre “backyard” while juggling a professional career and family.
I have a long history as a Seed Saver, and at one point I was actually self-sufficient for all my seed needs. AT that time I was concentrating on creating several varieties of vegetables unique to my farm and my needs. But times changed, and I ended up moving to a new farm where I could focus more on integrating livestock into the picture. While I still do a lot of seed saving, it has been on hold while I have been learning first-hand how to get started with farm animals.
First I integrated chickens onto the farm. Then I brought in Dexter cows. Both additions have greatly increased my joy and productivity, and expanded the amount of food on my table coming directly off my fields.
I like to apply sound science and research on plant and animal breeding to my projects at Rose Hill Farm. That means I spend a LOT of time reading – a lot, a lot.
For example, I researched raising cows on a small scale for nearly two years before deciding to try my hand with Dexters. All that reading inspired me to start writing posts about what I have learned and the resources I have uncovered along the way and these are organized into two blogs.
You can find the hands-on how-to type posts under the Rose Hill Blog.
For the larger context of food security, self-sufficiency, climate change, and environmental sustainability components, check out the blog Three Chickens Strong.
I do hope to add some videos of life on the farm to provide some context for the activities, successes and challenges of small-farm life. I also sometimes provide links to the books and tools I use myself on the farm. These are affiliate links that do provide a small return if you choose to buy those products yourself. These links do not affect the price you pay for those products.
I sometimes have animals available for sale, but not as often as you might think. You can find any current offers on the For Sale page.
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I hope to see you around here often!
Bye for now,