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Simply Ducky Farm

After years of working throughout Nova Scotia and New Brunswick, Crispin Cornect had set three goals for himself – start his own business, relocate to a place he could settle down, and start his own farm. Ten years ago, he started his own business, five years ago he relocated and was finally able to begin his farming lifestyle. Born and raised in Guysborough County, Crispin owns and operates Simply Ducky Farm in Antigonish, Nova Scotia.

Here he raises Alpine goats for milk, cheese and companion animals; Landrace pigs for pork; White Cornish Cross chickens for meat; North Country Cheviot sheep for wool and lamb; as well as quail for eggs and meat.

“I was raised on the products of our family farm and have always enjoyed animal husbandry and working with my own hands,” he explained. “It’s only in the last five years that I’ve had the chance to relocate to a place that lets me start my own farm.”

This will be his first year participating in Open Farm Day with Simply Ducky Farm – he has helped out at his parent’s farm, Cornect Family Farm, during previous Open Farm Days.

“I believe that Open Farm Day is an ideal opportunity to show interested people that it is possible to farm on a small scale, sustainably. I believe strongly that there is tremendous value in re-introducing people to farming and providing them with the knowledge to allow them to farm on however large or sm

all a scale,” he added. “Farming empowers people to take control of their own food supply and encourages debate on where our food comes from and exactly how healthy and ethical it is.”

When visitors arrive at Simply Ducky Farm they can expect a small hobby-farm experience and a picture of what it can look like to raise a family’s worth of food on your own. Crispin will be holding guided tours every hour, in between those people can visit the goats, see pasture-fed pigs running amok, inspect some free-range chickens, and see what it takes to raise your own quail. Crispin will also be discussing the ins and outs of processing your own chicken and making cheese.

Potato, the friendly ewe will be on hand to greet visitors, as well as some rather skittish sheep skulking around the field.

“It will be a relaxed environment but since electric fencing is in use, visitors are asked to keep a careful eye on young children.”

Did you know: all of the alpine goats at Simply Ducky Farm were bottle-fed? Which makes them very friendly, even with strangers!

“My favourite part about Open Farm Day is seeing the look on the eyes of children who have never been that close to farm animals before.”

Simply Ducky Farm can’t wait to see you on the farm in September!


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