Our family: includes myself (Tim), my parents (Fred and Jeanette), my girlfriend (Kylie), her two year old daughter (Ali), and her parents (Tom and Kim) and our neighbor Gary. Our animals and tasks are spread out over three farms within the town.
Our home: Solsgirth is a railway village nestled in the south western Manitoba prairie, don't let the word "prairie" fool you, situated on the Birdtail River valley our area is far from flat and desolate. Here you will experience:
Accommodations: Two spare bedrooms within our home, and a shared bathroom.
Animal Husbandry: We have an extensive variety of animals on our farm including, cattle, pigs, turkeys, meat chickens, laying hens, ducks, peacocks, geese, rabbits, sheep, bottle fed calves and many more.
Day to day chores include: Feeding livestock, bottle feeding calves, collecting and washing eggs. Barn cleaning, meal preparation, baking, butchering, looking after a two year old. Enjoy three square farm to table meals a day! We love BBQ'ing!
Spring: Garden planting, planting flowers, calving, hatching various poultry (baby chicks!), purchasing livestock, spring cleanup and organization, fencing, repairs.
Summer: Fencing/checking fence, moving livestock, cutting grass, tilling, weeding, hunting gophers, trapping small animals. Hauling water, picking crabapples and saskatoons. Plenty of upcoming yard cleanup and organizing to do.
Fall:Butchering meat chickens and thanksgiving turkeys, ducks and geese. Garden harvest, canning, preparing farm for winter. HUNTING! Enjoy thanksgiving with our family.
Winter: Continued daily chores, butchering, processing, playing cards and board games.
Unique Learning Opportunities: Learn the long lost art of processing meat, from standing in the field to resting on your plate. Here we butcher our own animals as well as make over a dozen types of homemade sausages, smoked meats, jerky, pepperettes, specialty cuts, bacon, prosciutto as well as cutting and wrapping.
Canning and preserves: Learn how to create delicious canned foods, jam's, jellies, relishes and many many more.
In our gardens (yes I said gardens): Potatoes, beans, peas, varieties of peppers, corn, cucumbers, pumpkins, tomatoes, celery, lettuce, garlic, beets, carrots, onions, rhubarb, zucchini, wild asparagus, raspberries, dill, melons, horseradish, and varieties of herbs.
Hunting opportunities and processing wild game for ourselves (we are avid hunters) as well as customers. Goose, ducks, sand-hill cranes, deer can all be found during hunting season (fall/winter), we are happy to take you out on hunts and show you the area. Bears could also be a possibility.
Local Activites: Fairs, fish fry's, local fall suppers, fishing, lakes, swimming, farmers markets, hockey games, Assessippi ski hill, clear lake and riding mountain national park are an hour drive away, hiking, biking, beers by the fire, and the list goes on.
Come and enjoy a real small farm family lifestyle!