Blackview Farm is a Pasture-based & Naturally-reared livestock farm located in Wellington County.
We are a 3rd generation Farmer with a deep respect for the environment, preservation of farmland, and producing safe and nutritious food for our community.
On our farm we humanely raise Grass fed Beef, Pasture Pork and Free Range Poultry
including Chicken, Duck, Goose & Guinea.
By raising beef, pork and poultry together in unison as “stacked” enterprises, we are able to improve the health of both the land and the animals.
Owned and operated by Bill & Michelle Parke
Bill Parke of Blackview Farm, a pasture-based livestock farm that uses rotational grazing and Holistic Management practices, was nice enough to sit down with me and talk for a bit about the farming life.
To start off, could you tell me a little about your farm?
We have a small farm, 100 acres, in Listowel, Ontario, Canada, with my wife, Michelle, and two kids, Carly, and Lincoln. We started our grass-based farm about seven or eight years ago as an experiment. We also wanted to try to farm without also working off the farm, which is what everyone does, especially in Ontario. At first, we were working full-time jobs plus doing the farm and marketing. We chose the grass-based farming methods because it’s a healthier alternative and better for the animals. Also, after meeting author Mark Schatsker and learning that grass-fed beef can be some of the best beef you can ever eat ( it can also be the worst), then I wanted to take up the challenge. After that we introduced
Change is hard.
When we started our “Clean Meat” crusade and started offering our naturally raised meat to families and friends, we were not sure people would give up the convenience of the grocery store aisle to shop online and trust us with delivery. Of course, this was until our families got their first taste of what we had to offer.
Whether its a routine, convenience, or cheap deals that keep us going back to the grocery store, we are thankful that we are meeting families, young and old, that want a change. And in a sense, its a change back to the old ways- where you meet and buy from a real time farmer.
We are the Farmers. The meat we sell is from our animals that we raise. We read a lot about regenerative agriculture, we
This is winter?
Not exactly a snow scene for a February Newsletter, but perhaps it sparks a little excitement for upcoming spring time.
It is not the “winter for the ages” that we are used to, but I will take it. With our new hoop houses just nearly completion, I am personally happy that winter has not been harsh. Thanks to a handful of family relatives who are good at carpentry, I have some nice buildings to look at now & so do the animals! The cows are able to escape the wind, the pigs can burrow deeply into the straw pack, and the chickens get a whole building all to themselves. As nice as the barns are, the animals are equally excited for the grass to grow again so they can get out and roam. I can only imagine that they get the