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Lena Landei Country Culture
Contact: Kleist, Magdalena
Address: 596769 Concession 10, RR#5 Chatsworth, ON, N0H 1G0
Email Address: lena.landei.cc@gmail.com
Phone: 519-270-2418
About Us
In 2010 Lena moved to Grey Country after working on farms and at market gardens on no less than three different continents. She believes in biodiversity and balanced ecosystems, and wanted to farm outside the monopoly of global agribusiness. She enjoys working with the soil, plants and animals and seeing them all grow. She also likes the physical aspects of farming and working outside. Lena has a degree in agriculture with the focus on organic farming and rural development as well as a trade certificate in horticulture.

Some of her Lena’s favourite farm activities include milking cows (since everything is better with some cows around, even if they are not her own), driving the tractor (because nothing runs like a Deere), driving her sheep to fresh pasture (like the Good Shepherd), and cutting firewood (she loves her STIHL). When not farming, Lena enjoys a myriad of outdoor actives including swimming in the lake, hiking in the bush or on the shoreline, skating, skiing as well as sleeping, eating and visiting friends for game night.

About the Farm

In 2016 I finally purchased my own piece of land in the rolling hills of Holland Township just west of Walter's Falls in the heart of Grey County. After moving my garden and sheep for the forth time in five years I can hopefully start to settle down now and build up my own farm. Since that takes just as much money as it takes work I maintain a full-time job working on a nearby dairy farm. I am farming full-time on the farm and off the farm so to say.
Besides selling my produce fresh, I also make preserves like relish, salsa, pickles and jams. I also grow a variety of heritage beans and peas and sell their seeds to help preserving the diversity of our food crops.
My small flock of sheep is pastured during the growing season and fed hay in the winter. I do not use any commercial feed like lamb starters, and I only supplement with whole mixed grain, a mineral/vitamin mix and salt. My sheep are mainly raised for meat but I also sell breeding stock and lamb skins.
Practices
Naturally grown lamb, pasture raised without the use of antibiotics, hormones, or commercial feed. Rotational grazing system that gives the flock access to a fresh pasture every day. Lambs stay with the ewes to nurse before they are weaned at 8 to 9 weeks of age. Unblemished lamb, male lambs are neither tail docked nor castrated.

Naturally grown vegetables with many heritage varieties. No pesticides, no GMOs, no hybrids.

"Home made" jams and preserves. According to governmental regulation food prepared for sale has to be processed in an inspected kitchen. So the jams and preserves are not really made at home but in a rented kitchen. However, they taste just as good. Processed vegetables and fruit are grown on the farm or in the neighbourhood. Recipes are chosen or adapted according to what grows in the garden.