The Sunworks Blog

New Camrose Butcher Shop Hours.

In order to be more efficient, we have moved the cutting of our red meat (beef and pork) out to the processing plant here on the farm. Due to the butcher staff now working on the farm, we have had to reduce our Camrose Store hours to Friday and Saturdays 10am-5pm. We are sorry for any inconvenience this has caused our customers. If you have any questions, please call the farm at 1-877-393-3133.

Family Farm Day 2016

Ron and Sheila would like to invite you to our Family Farm Day on September 5, 2016. This year it will be our 15th annual Family Farm Day and it is amazing and wonderful to look back and see how it has grown from a dozen people to over 600 last year. The format has not changed much from those first years. The day will start at around 1pm with a BBQ lunch provided by us, followed by a question and answer session and a tour of the farm. This is our opportunity to show you how we raise our certified organic and certified humane chickens, beef cattle, turkeys and laying hens. You will also get to walk through the poultry processing plant that is located here on the farm.

There is no charge to attend. The registration deadline is on August 31, at 5:00pm. Registrations cannot be taken after this time as we need time to prepare the food. To register please message us on Facebook, email us at shae@sunworksfarm.com, or call us at 1-877-393-3133. When registering we need to know your full name the number of adults attending, the number of children attending, your phone number, email address. We also need to know the city you will be traveling from so that we can send you the right set of directions.

We are very excited about showing you our farm and hope you can join us for the day.

Thanks Ron and Sheila Hamilton
Farmers/Owners of Sunworks Farm.

Local and Organic Two Food Movements That are Better Together.

 

Local and Organic Two Food Movements That are Better Together.

Buying local is very important. It keeps money flowing within a local economy, creates local jobs and reduces the carbon imprint of the food that you consume. But the word local only applies to where the food was produced, not how it was produced or how clean it is. Certified Organic, Certified Humane, Grass Fed, Free Range are all indicators of how the food was produced. Local does not necessarily equal clean food and clean food does not always equal local food. However, when you are able to combine both local and organic you have created a powerful food movement that can have a great positive impact on all aspects of the world- environmentally, socially, and economically.

This is a great article produced by the Canadian Organic Growers. Containing lots of great information. It explains what local and organic food is and then helps you build your own local organic food strategy.

Please click on the following link to view the article www.cog.ca

20th Anniversary of our First Flock of Chickens

Original Shelter 1996This June marks the 20th anniversary of our first flock of 80 chickens. It’s amazing how some things have changed and how some things have stayed the same since we started raising chickens 20 years ago.  We still raise our birds in moveable shelters in the spring, summer and fall so that the birds can get their greens and eat the bugs and grubs that are in the earth and amongst the grass. They are allowed to express their natural behaviors of scratching in the dirt. The shelters have changed quite a bit since then, moving from heavy short wooden shelters with tin roofs – to low metal shelters and tarp roofs – to our current tall metal frame and wood shelters with attached ranges for the chickens to live in.Erin and Shae Moving the Old Shelters This final shelter design is an improvement for the animals as they have more air circulation. It is also more human friendly as we can walk amongst the birds which allows us to better monitor their health. We still move them by hand but instead of using dollies and man power we now use tractor power to slowly pull the shelters onto the fresh grass every day. Just like 20 years ago they are fed by hand using the same feed wagon that we had when we first started. Every step is taken to make sure that the birds are cared for respectfully and that they are happy and healthy.

Chicken SheltersWe may grow more chickens then we did those first few years and the style of shelter may have changed but our values have not. We still believe that we are stewards of the land and that we should leave it in a better state than when we got it. We do our best to work with Mother Nature and not against it. We believe that our children and now grandchildren have the right to be raised in a healthy environment. We believe that animals should be treated kindly, humanely, and ethically, and have access to fresh air, clean water and sunshine. We believe that a healthy environment and low stress, grows healthy animals, which reduces disease and the need for medications

IMG_0250We started raising chickens so that we could feed our family, healthy, happy and environmentally friendly food. We are happy and proud to be able to feed your family with the same quality meat that we started growing 20 years ago.

Thank you for supporting us!

Ron and Sheila Hamilton

Website Beef Specials Now 30% Off

Its BBQ Season! To celebrate this time of year all our website beef specials are now 30%off. These include New York/Striploin Steaks and Loin Roasts, Tenderloin Steaks and Roasts, Rib Eye Steaks and Prime Rib Roasts. All our website specials are listed on the right hand side of our webpage.

We have a limited number of boxes available so order early for the best selection.

To order please call the farm office at 1-877-393-3133. Monday-Thursday 9am-2:30pm