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Spruce Hollow Farms
Contact: David & Crystal Ediger
Address: Box 85 Glenboro, MB, R0K 0X0
Email Address: crystalediger19@gmail.com
Phone: 204-827-2720
About Us
David started farming with his parents in 1993 after Graduating from the University of Manitoba’s Diploma of Agriculture Program. We married in July 1997 and have 2 boys, Ryan (2004) and Dylan (2005). We took over the farm in 2008 and started Spruce Hollow Farms Ltd.

We use a zero tillage production method for growing our field crops but sometimes we have to be flexible and deviate from this method. We are currently growing spring and winter wheat, canola, oil sunflowers, corn, yellow peas and alfalfa for seed production. We also raise leaf cutter bees to pollinate our alfalfa crop.

We do some direct marketing from the farm. We sell sunflowers for bird food, u pick saskatoons, u pick raspberries and extra produce from our garden. We are introducing the boys to direct marketing by helping them sell sweet corn, potatoes and pumpkins, the same as David and his sister did when they were young. We have also done meat chickens in the past and the boys currently have a few laying hens. Most of our marketing so far has been word of mouth and through our Facebook page.

I am a Hairdresser by trade and work from home, so I am no stranger to the chemicals in beauty products. A friend introduced me to soap making a few years ago and I was so excited to be able to eliminate so many chemicals from my family’s everyday use.
Practices
I use a hot process method for producing my soap and shampoo. The lard is from pasture raised Manitoba pigs and the tallow is from Manitoba grass fed cows. I also use organic coconut oil, and any essential oils are therapeutic grade. The rosemary in my tea tree shampoo is grown in my garden and we love to forage for other useful ingredients.

Our Gardens are an experiment in progress. We have been using cover crops for a few years and also use spent leaf cutter cells and dust from harvesting the leaf cutter cocoons as soil amendments. We also have started a wood chip mulch area and are interested in where this will take us. We try to avoid but do use a minimal amount of fertilizer and chemical when needed.

We have been using different crops in rotation to help battle weeds, fertility, excess moisture and all the other perils that come with crop production. We have been looking at cover crops for a few years and hope to start experimenting this year (2017). Something new for 2017 that we will be trying is companion cropping yellow peas and canola together.