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Anderson Farms
Contact: Brad & Leanne Anderson
Address: Box 136 Cypress River, MB, R0K0P0
Email Address: anderson_bw@yahoo.ca
Phone: 204-535-2261
About Us
Leanne and I grew up within 3 miles of each other but didn’t really get to know one another until the end of University. We got married in 2006 and have been blessed with 4 beautiful children Mason (2007), Emily (2008), Tyler (2010) and our newest addition Brady (2012). We also have a dog, who adores the children, named Trixie. Trixie also knows that it is her job to protect the animals on this yard and she takes her job very seriously.

Located in Argyle municipality, The Anderson Family farm has been in operation for over 125 years. Currently it is approximately 1520 acres of crop and hay land. Leanne and I have bought into the farming operation and have been growing steadily since we grew our first crop in 2005. We currently own and run the operation with the help of a hired student or two and seasonal help at harvest.

In the early days we were working with dad and slowly taking over the farm while starting our family. We were looking for ways to stop our off farm jobs (Teaching and Nursing) and diversify the operation. Quickly ruling out a large industrial style operation for various reasons (unnatural treatment of animals, high financial risk) we looked a different direction.

After meeting some of the people at the harvest moon society, and reading a couple of books by Joel Salatin, we were convinced that organic was the way to go. It is nice to know exactly where your food is coming from, that it has no added chemicals and had a happy life. That is something that we can feel good about feeding to our children.

We started small with 10 pasture raised chickens in 2007.
The chickens were so delicious and we knew that this was a viable business. Next year we had 100. After that 300, then 500 in 2010 and now just under 1000.

Enjoying the success of raising and selling chickens, we were looking to further diversify to take advantage of our land base which includes some organic pasture and hay land. We initially thought cows, but were talked into outdoor pasture raised pigs by some of our Harvest Moon friends. Like with the chickens we started out small with 2 pigs and enjoyed the taste of them so much that now we are up to around 150.

We have also dabbled into free range turkeys, which was enjoyable and successful. We took last year off to focus more on our pork production, but hope to be back in the Turkey business next year.

Through environmental farm plan, we have been working on a major project to move these pigs to a new pasture with an excellent rotational grazing set up. We feel that we will have healtier, happier and tastier animals yet!

Our goal is to have a nice family farm that the whole family can be involved with. The children have really enjoyed the addition of animals to our farm. The day that the chicks arrive has always been one that we all look forward to. Our third child has really taken to the pigs and likes to go and check on them daily! It has been a fun adventure so far and we hope to continue with the adventures in the years to come!!
Practices
We raise our animals in a natural and humane setting without the use of and antibiotics, hormones or other medications. All of our animals are pasture raised so they have daily access to fresh green grass, clean drinking water and all the space they need to roam around. Letting them live the way nature intended makes for a happy farm!!