The Vaughn family has been farming in west St. Catharines since 1902 and at its present location since 1918. Three generations work together to farm 250 acres, which include livestock, pasture, hay production, cash crops, market gardening and eggs.
We currently run a 25-head Hereford/Angus beef cow/calf-to-finish operation. This means that we take care of the beef we raise from start to finish. We feed our own home-grown hay to our cattle, as well as grain for finishing and we do not administer hormones or antibiotics. We started into deer and wild boar farming in 1986. Our red deer/elk hybrid herd now stands at 40 females. We raise our deer and wild boar from start to finish as well, with complete control over their feed and care (no hormones or antibiotics).
Our chickens are free-ranged outside for the most part of the year. In the winter months they are free-run in a large open loft in the barn. They are fed a mixture of grains with added flax seed for extra omega (no hormones or antibiotics).
Our farm market garden produces an abundance of sustainably grown vegetables for you to enjoy in season and also for the making of our preserves.
We opened our on-farm store in 1995 which now retails a wide selection of game meats, traditional meats, eggs, fresh seasonal produce, preserves from our market garden and a variety of other products from local farmers.
We believe in keeping it simple. Treat our livestock and the environment with respect and they will respond in kind. The animals and land will thrive and be productive. The same thing is true when it comes to food. We believe in feeding wholesome food to our families and they will enjoy good health. Keep it as pure as possible with few alterations. We like to recognize the ingredients in our food and be able to pronounce them! We believe that a thriving agricultural area benefits all who live around it. We believe you want all of these things too, and that you can help us shape the future of healthy, wholesome food production in Ontario, food without compromise.