10 years ago Erna and her husband Franz moved to Canada from Austria in 2005 to farm. Erna’s and Franz family’s farm had been in his family for over 280 years, and spanned approximately 10 acres, a sufficient size to sustain a way of living in her grandparent’s generation, yet not large enough to support the family in the new millennium. As a young adult Erna pursued a career as a teacher, later meeting her husband, Franz a police officer. It was their love for farming, the outdoors, and the draw of new opportunities that led Erna and Franz to move their young family to Canada in 2005. They settled in rural Inglis, Manitoba where they aspired to build their farm ‘Freefield Organics’, and raise their four children.
We started out with about 160 acres of land and a farmyard. The house on this yard was the former Freefield School House, which became our new home. Back then we didn’t realize that we would have 6 months of winter with temperatures dropping below -40C!
When we started farming in 2006, we wanted to have our land certified organic. Since then it has been inspected and certified every year. We’ve also since purchased another historic school house slated for destruction which we use for packaging and storage. We developed packaging and labeling to sell our own farm products. The new renovated schoolhouse was inspected and approved as a food processing facility. Today our farm has grown to over 700 acres of land and 1/3 of it we have exclusively dedicated to wildlife and their habitat.
Owned In: Manitoba
Made In Inglis, MB:
- Organic Beard Oil
- Organic Calendula Oil
- Organic Camelina Oil
- Organic Face Oil