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Simply Ducky Farm – 2018

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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Maplewood Maple Syrup and Christmas Tree Farm is a 4th Generation Family Farm with 17 Hectares of Christmas Trees, a 50 Acre Maple Syrup operation and Woodlot 170 Hectares large. In addition to their wood lot and Christmas tree production, they also run a 4000 tap maple syrup operation.

The Nova Scotia Woodland Owner of the Year Award recognizes and rewards landowners for outstanding stewardship of their woodlands. It was developed to encourage woodlot owners to practice sustainable woodland management and to increase public awareness of the importance of private woodlands in Nova Scotia and good woodland management.
Maplewood’s woodlot is a 2 time Nova Scotia Woodland Owner of the Year, winning this award in 1996 and 2009!

“We participate in Open Farm Day in efforts to promote farming/forestry importance to visitors. There is a need to look after the forest.....the continued existence of the Human race depends on it."

Maplewood Maple Syrup and Christmas Tree Farm will be opening their doors to the public on September 15th, to give visitors a taste of what goes into their operation. "We will be offering free maple syrup, maple cream and maple butter to visitors, and a wagon ride through our “award winning” woodlot for $5.00 per person.”
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1 week ago

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Terra Beata Farms is run by David and Evelyn Ernst, along with about 20 employees. David previously worked as an engineer in the fishing industry, and neither of them ever had any intention of becoming farmers. However, in 1998, when the opportunity of some undeveloped land came up across from their home, combined with a downturn of the fishing industry, they decided it was a great time to start a cranberry farm. Terra Beata Farms has been expanding ever since.
“We initially planned just to grow cranberries, but then ventured into cleaning and freezing cranberries, followed by processing cranberries and other fruits into juice, dried berries and cooked preserves. Now we work with fruit from our own farm plus a few others, export frozen cranberries to 10 countries, and sell products to Sobeys and Superstore. It has turned into a much bigger operation than we expected!”

On Sunday, September 15th, Evelyn and David will be opening their doors to the public, giving them a behind the scenes peek of what goes into making these products. “Visitors usually start with a half hour walk around the farm, where we talk about cranberry planting, growing and harvesting. Then the group walks through the building looking at the equipment we use for making juice, dried berries and cranberry sauce. We talk about food production and marketing. The tour wraps up with free cranberry snacks, juice and recipe cards.”

David and Evelyn are always excited for Open Farm Day, and have been participating in in the event since the very beginning. “[It] gives us a chance to visit with our neighbors and welcome people from across the province. We answer all the cranberry related questions people can think of, give them new ideas to encourage them to eat more cranberries, and give them a peek at modern food processing.” Evelyn says people are always surprised at the amount of work that goes into the products seen on grocery store shelves. “Visitors are so engaged! They ask great questions, and we find they remember their visit and their connection to our farm for years.”

Did you know:
1. Cranberries do not grow under water! The fields are flooded for a few days at harvest time in early November to make harvest more efficient.
2. Cranberry vines can live for over 100 years and produce fruit every fall, as long as they are looked after.
3. Except for what is grown and consumed within Russia, the world’s supply of cranberries is grown in 6 Canadian provinces and 6 American states.

Come down to Lunenburg County to visit David, Evelyn, and the rest of their team this Open Farm Day! #FarmerFriday #NSOpenFarmDay2019
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2 weeks ago

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Did you know today is #FoodDayCanada?! A day to celebrate all that Canadian food has to offer!

We’d love to see some of the meals you’ve made using local ingredients! 🤤🍽
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2 weeks ago

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Meister Field and Forest is a 6th generation farm that has been operating for over 200 years. They have Black Angus cattle with a new Red Angus bull, a flock of laying chickens, two dogs and lots of forest. They have also moved into an Agritourism part of the business with farm events on site.

"We love farming because it connects us to our food and to people who want to know where their food is coming from. We love the opportunity to work outside and contribute to our local economy as well as meet people who come to our farm interested in learning about it."

Dave says climate change is becoming a large problem for farmers. “Our biggest challenge is adapting to changes related to weather. With more weather related issues due to climate change, we are seeing trends of more abnormal weather patterns like the wet spring we have had or the late frost last year.”

On Sunday, September 15th, Meister Field and Forest will be one of over 30 farms across the province participating in Open Farm Day. “Open Farm Day is one of our favorite activities every year. We love having people come to the farm and meet us as well as learn about what happens on a working farm...Our favorite part is watching the kids learn something new or see something they never experienced like watching cows graze or even collect eggs from our chickens.”

Come visit Dave and his team at Meister Field and Forest in Lunenburg County this Open Farm Day!

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